It Was A Difficult Game But A Terrific Win

Chris Hughton  was interviewed by the press after the game last night, but never mentioned the altercation regarding Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor.

Andy Carroll – with players after scoring last night

Chris was too delighted with the terrific win on the road for Newcastle United against a good Doncaster Rovers side.

The opening 45 minutes was end to end stuff stuff and both sides had chances to score, but it was top scorer Andy Carroll who again grabbed the winner with just over 30 minutes to play in the game.

And that turned out to be Andy’s 5th successive away game in which he has scored a goal – not too bad at all – and he now has 16 goals on the season.

The other good news last night was that the defense, with 20 year-old Tamas Kadar at center-back and Ryan Taylor at left back, not only played very well, but got the clean sheet.

That was the 19th clean sheet in the league this season and that beats the club record set back in 1993 by Kevin Keegan’s side.

Newcastle are now on 80 points, 10 points clear of 3rd place Nottingham Forest who beat Crystal Palace at home 2-0 last night, with a game in hand.

And WBA are in action tonight against Coventry City at the Hawthorns, and the Midlands side is 5 points behind the Magpies.

Of course Newcastle’s next game on Monday night at St. James’ Park is against Forest, and a win there would take Newcastle so very close to being more certain of an automatic promotion spot.

Games are now running out for Nottingham Forest to catch the Magpies and Forest have just 7 games left, and for them it is a must win game next Monday.

Immediately after the game last night a delighted manager Chris Hughton spoke to Newcastle United TV:

“It’s a very, very big win for us,” “Any win away from home is always huge, but at this stage of the season it’s massive.”

“It was a very difficult match and that was what we expected. They tried to play football and on the balance of play it was an even match.”

“I thought we had the better chances but we still had to grind out the result and it was a real team performance.”

“I’m delighted with the application and I thought it was a terrific win.”

You cannot make this stuff up.

Andy Carroll was making news for all the wrong reasons yesterday, but he once again got the vital goal that got Newcastle all 3 points in a crucial away game.

We doubt if Newcastle will say anything in public for a while about the confrontation Andy had with Steven Taylor on Sunday morning, and the club may try keep it under wraps – if they can.

But disciplinary action will be necessary once all the facts have been assembled, because we cannot have players going around breaking  other player’s jaws in training.

It was a terrific win for Newcastle last night.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Mar 24, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #1

    the interesting thing is that they mark eachother everyday in training and so there will be some give and take from both players.

    some people on this blog dont seem to be giving carroll hope for playing in the premierleague and scoring goals. im not saying these people are wrong, just that hes still young and is getting better, got to give him credit with that

  • UTD111

    Mar 24, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully this will shut up the “he should be suspended/sold/never play for United again” brigade. Get off your sanctimonious backsides. It’s about football and promotion – and without Andy Carroll’s goals where would we be?
    Anything to do with training spats and some daft lass can be sorted out when the job is done.

  • Mags

    Mar 24, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Well said Utd111. Agree with your comments 100%.

    It is bad enough keep having to put up with the feeding frenzy from the press / media without Newcastle blogs being full of it too.

    Let the club deal with this internally and get off the lad’s case. Remember it takes two to make an argument!!!

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 24, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    “It takes two to make an argument”?! Maybe, but it only takes one to make an assault… The only reason the club aren’t making a statement is because it would be used as evidence to charge Carroll with GBH – and bearing in mind his current court case, he’d be sent down for it, robbing the club of a lot of money.

    We don’t know the story behind all of this but if Carroll’s guilty he should be kicked out. That’s not being “sanctimonious”, that’s just not being happy to throw out your morals for the sake of a game.

  • UTD111

    Mar 24, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s tricky trying to equate morals with football – the so-called “top players” who are supposed to be role models for children and thick adults are the worst offenders:
    Rooney – brothel
    Ferdinand – Drugs
    Gerrard – Thug
    Terry – Trouser problem

    Why should United step forward and be the first to take the moral high ground?

  • Sav

    Mar 24, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    “We don’t know the story behind all of this but if Carroll’s guilty he should be kicked out. That’s not being “sanctimonious”, that’s just not being happy to throw out your morals for the sake of a game.”

    Err, no, actually you ARE being sanctimonious.

    Putting the mental in judgemental again.

    Why not wait until you DO know the story behind this before making sweeping statements about what you think would be appropriate punishments?

    Any club that signs Joey Barton has already declared where it stands on the morality of footballers. If you can’t stand that, then you better support the Salvation Army 11 instead.

  • nightfa11

    Mar 24, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #7

    UTD111 – i disagree.. i think we should sell him no matter what. this has happened too often..the guy’s 21 & already has a thick criminal file.. i dont care if he scored a winner.. who’s to say ranger wouldnt have scored if he played instead of him?? i’m sick of you all…u forget about morals just cos of few goals.. who’s bigger retard? a bully or people who take his side only cos he scored a winner? or both?

    oh & that comment:
    Rooney – brothel
    Ferdinand – Drugs
    Gerrard – Thug
    Terry – Trouser problem

    what’s your point? cos big clubs have idiots in their team it doesnt matter if we have disgrace of human beings (who are so called professionals) as well? ur unbleilevable!

    BARTON & CARROLL OUT! like 1 guy posted: you can replace a player, but not team spirit!

  • UTD111

    Mar 24, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Nightfall – do you go to the Stadium of Sh*te then or are you one of those proper mackems that doesn’t turn up?
    Only a mackem would do your sort of girlie over-reaction
    What’s the matter with 2 blokes having a disagreement that comes to blows? It happens all the time. Why should we lose Andy Carroll just because he upsets your moral values?

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 24, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Wow, nice comment Utd111. It’s normal for two guys to batter each other over an argument? Glad I don’t come from your neck of the woods.

    Out of interest, if Carroll decides to put a few other members of the squad out of action for a couple of months, how many injuries are acceptable until you drawe the line?

    And I guess I’m right in thinking that it partially depends upon how important those players are, yeah?

    Sav – whether I’m being sanctimonious depends on your standpoint I guess. The word is defined as being “excessively or hypocritically pious”. I neither think that smacking someone in the face is acceptable and haven’t done it myself since I was in the playground as a kid. So neither applies.

  • UTD111

    Mar 24, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #10

    If you’ve never had to fight since you were a kid, you’re lucky mate. But just ask a policeman who has to patrol any city centre on a weekend whether fights, assaults, muggings etc happen….
    A much more important point however is your ongoing assumption about Carroll. Like I’ve said elsewhere – we don’t know what happened, so to pillory the fella without knowing the circumstances is a bit daft.
    If he deserves to be disciplined by the club, they’ve got the whole of the summer to do it. To drop/sell/hang? him now would risk undoing a season of hard work that would affect everyone associated with the club, not just “the white Drogba”

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 24, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #11


    ” Like I’ve said elsewhere – we don’t know what happened”

    Seeing as Nolan was all over Carroll and gave him a kiss on the pecker after he scored suggests that the players dont all see it as Carrolls fault.

    Also Ed…that picture is not from last night seeing as Shola is in it.


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