Hughton Not Worried That Carroll Didn’t Score In Pre-Season


Chris Hughton is not to concerned about the pre-season games, and he thinks they have served their purpose.

Andy Carroll – no goals in pre-season

Chris believes like a lot of managers, that the friendly games are more about fitness work and getting the lads playing well together, than about winning and scoring goals.

But Chris is right not to like losing – even in friendly games – because it’s always good to win, and winning becomes a habit –  and it gives the team confidence as well.

And most people hate to lose in any case. 😀

Chris said today:

“You have to look at all aspects of the game,”  “Would we have preferred Andy to have scored? Yes, of course we would have done.”   “But we know what the game is like for strikers.”

“Leon Best didn’t have the best of times last season and ended up playing less time than some of the others, but he comes back into pre-season and scores two goals.”

“Strikers are capable of going on a run at any time so Andy’s lack of goals in pre-season doesn’t concern us.”  “It’s never nice losing football matches – especially so close to the start of the season,”

“But there were far more positives to take from the game than negatives. The negatives are we’ve conceded two goals in a game where I don’t think Rangers, for their possession, threatened as much as I thought they would do.”

“Defensively I think we coped quite well but in the area that mattered they were more clinical than we were.”

The very fact that Chris has pointed out that he is not concerned that Andy Carroll hasn’t  scored yet in pre-season, means that he is concerned, otherwise  why would he mention it?

Andy needs to get off  the mark quickly this season, so his confidence isn’t too affected, but Chris is right to remain calm and not put undue pressure on the lad.

We thought Andy looked a great center-forward in the making last season – and remember the lad’s still just 21 years old, and will be given time by Newcastle’s talented coach.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.


5 comments so far

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Aug 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #1

    “Defensively I think we coped quite well but in the area that mattered they were more clinical than we were.”…wtf does that mean…we didnt keep any clean sheat

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  • cgrizzly87

    Aug 9, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    maybe the journo asked if he was concerned, and his response was simply that he isn’t??

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  • singamagpie

    Aug 9, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #3

    For the Rangers game, I thought Ameobi did better than him (well except for being shoved by Bougherra to the ground). Ameobi’s link-up play and ball retention was better, although Carroll’s improving on that as well. Ameobi just shows experience and uses his body better. Worrying, I don’t think both of them can get 15 goals this season.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 9, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Look at Miroslav Klose. Went game after game without scoring a season ago. Then he scored one and has never stopped since.

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  • xfer

    Aug 10, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree with post #2. But I feel its all about getting his confidence in place for the season. Who wont be concern if your number 9 isnt scoring!

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