Steve Harper, Newcastle’s 35 year-old veteran goalkeeper has come out today and praised the contributions made by a certain Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – slots in winning goal on Tuesday night
Even after all the shenanigans of last Tuesday in the press, Andy Carroll gave another lively display and got the all important winner when he brilliantly fired the ball home after being put through by the ever impressive Wayne Routledge.
Andy has some demons he needs to sort out but for a lad only 21 years old he showed his professionalism by not letting the events of the previous Sunday affect his football, which is what he’s paid to do of course.
And while some fans were thinking Andy would be omitted from the side by manager Huughton, he repaid the faith shown in him by his manager and made Chris Hughton look impressive in the way he handled the fall-out from the confrontation.
This is what Steve Harper told the Newcastle Jounral this morning about Andy:
“Andy has scored 16 goals this season which is fantastic,” “He has been outstanding. He took his goal well, got through and did not panic going round the goalkeeper.”
“It was another important goal for us. We needed it and it gave us the opportunity to hang on to it and we could have added a second.”
“Andy could be a top player. He has come on a lot this season. He works hard on his game and he is really developing.”
“His goal tally this season, particularly when you consider he was not always in the team at the start of the season, is very impressive and he could have had more. I am sure he is looking to finish the season strongly.”
Carroll’s goal is exactly what the Newcastle club needed on Tuesday nioght, not only to get the win, but to show once and for all that they want to make headlines on the pitch and not off it.
That win and Carroll’s performance, where he was mobbed by his own team-mates after the goal, showed the guts and team spirit shown by the lads this season will not be dented by altercations between players and the resulting bad publicity.
The fact the lads are all together and they got the win makes it so much easier for the Newcastle hierarchy to handle the altercation, and hopefully it will not be to the detriment of the club’s promotion drive this season.
We have to think that Hughton, Ashley and LLambias were all ecstatic following the game on Tuesday night – we were.
That’s because the lads were able to win so brilliantly in a very tough game, and after all the commotion in the press on Tuesday before the game.
They were fantastic.