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.