Andy Carroll Improving So Rapidly This Season


Chris Hughton has continually asked 21 year-old Andy Carroll to add goals to his game, and Andy is obliging a lot these days.

Andy Carroll – slots the winner home last night

Not for the first time in his career Andy Carroll got the all important goal last night that saw Newcastle win a very close game 1-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium last night.

That was Doncaster Rover’s first loss in their last 7 games and it was a crucial win for the Magpies.

Chris Hughton said last night:

“During a game like that which was a very tight affair we needed a match-winner and, again, that has proved to be Andy,”

“He’s a player who has improved rapidly this season and is in very good form right now. He had to add goals to his game and what he is doing now is scoring important goals at important times for us.”

“But we don’t care who is scoring them as long as we’re winning, but, certainly at the moment, it’s very much Andy who is getting those important goals.”

Carroll’s 59th-minute winner was an excellent goal laid on by the very impressive Wayne Routledge, who even laid on additional chances after that goal,  that they were not converted.

If they had been converted,  it would have made the Newcastle win a bit more comfortable.

Andy held off the strong challenge of Shelton Martis before firing the ball  beautifully beyond Doncaster’s veteran goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.

And Chris Hughton added:

“I was very pleased with the goal. One: Andy had to make that run. Two: he had to have the mobility to get himself away from the defender.”

” But the hard bit was getting around the keeper and putting it away – that might seem easy but a lot of work has gone into that goal.”

“It was another very good finish and another goal in which was Wayne Routledge has done very well also.”

Andy seems to be able to put the ball into the back of the net from most positions in that penalty area, and of course he is awesome in the air.

But Andy needs to sort out his aggressive tendencies, and that will be a priority item on the Newcastle club’s agenda, during the summer.

If it isn’t, it should be.

Comments welcome.


5 comments so far

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 24, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #1

    A few readers of this blog hammered me a couple of months ago when I suggested Carroll has the potential to be an England striker in the future. I wonder if Carroll is starting to persuade his critics that he has a Premiership future?

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 24, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Well for Buffon to say he has something about him means that he has got something lol. I always thought if he could add goals to his game he will be England team 2-3 years time.

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  • NUFC HOPE

    Mar 24, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    I would like to see both harper and carroll play for england. Harper before carroll. but neither this year because then i will be so torn when the usa bumps you guys out of the groups :D.

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  • DJG

    Mar 24, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Certainly the form he is in at the moment is good enough for the premier league. It would be great if he can reach the 20 mark.

    I was thinking that last season Carroll was maybe 5th even 6th choice behind Viduka, Owen, Martins, Ameobi, Xisco. This season has come at the right time for him really because without the mass exodus he wouldn’t have got this chance. In recent weeks he is firmly our no.1 striker and I think deserves the no.9. Also good on him for thumping Taylor, apparently Taylor is very arrogant, tryed to leave for Everton in the summer and is despised at the club by all the players. Plus his dad is always talking s### to the papers. Guess what Taylor, you can leave Williamson is a better CB anyway and doesnt hit the deck like he’s been shot after fouling someone.

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  • DJG

    Mar 24, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #5

    NUFC HOPE // Mar 24, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    ”Harper before carroll. but neither this year because then i will be so torn when the usa bumps you guys out of the groups .”

    Mate I think Great Britain have got more chance of winning the 100M gold medal than that happening 🙂

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