A Sub-Par Andy Carroll Can Still Score Goals

Alan Shearer used to have some quiet games, and then would score one or even two goals in the final minutes of the game,  just to show his enormous talent, ability and appetite to score goals. What a player!

Andy Carroll – hits the ball first time into the net Saturday afternoon

And we saw a little of that from an emerging striking star at Newcastle in young Andy Carroll on Saturday.

He certainly didn’t have one of his best games, but when he got a half chance with just 8 minutes to go, he dispatched the ball into net with such coolness, when it would have been  so much easier to miss.

And we have to hope that spells some significant scoring success in the future for our 6’4″ Gateshead-born local lad.

Certainly it seems that Chris Hughton thinks exactly that, as he talked today about his striker, who is still just 21:

“Andy wasn’t at his best, and he admitted that.” “But he’s a player in fine form and his goal was great to see.”

“When you are in that sort of form, you will stick those chances away.” “It was only a half chance but as I say when you’re in form you score them.”

“I’m sure he’ll be looking for more of that in the next few weeks.”

“We’re happy with a point of course.” “We started well but they had a good period and were the home side.”

“They’re also in good form too. It was a special goal to beat Steve Harper.” “They had a spell and they were on top.”

“They put one of their chances away but we battled back and we’re pleased with a point, and maybe we could have nicked it.”

Andy should have a lot more scoring opportunities on Wednesday night, when Newcastle entertain 3rd bottom placed Scunthrope United, and if the lads need any motivation for this game, let’s just remember they beat us 2-1 at Scunthorpe on Tuesday night, October 20th.

That was our second defeat in a row, after losing 1-0 at Nottingham Forest the previous Saturday.

It’s time for revenge on Wednesday night.

Comments welcome.