Carroll – I Should Have Put That Header Away

Andy Carroll had a good game last night and certainly as far as our readers are concerned, he was our best player last night, but he admits he should have scored with that header after just 10 minutes.

Andy Carroll – missed golden opportunity to score  last night

Andy is of the opinion that the Newcastle side did quite well, given it was always going to be a very tough ask of the newly promoted side at Old Trafford.

This is what Andy told the Evening Chronicle this morning:

“Overall, I thought the team did well,” “This was always going to be the toughest game of the season.”   “I had my chance, and I should have put it away, and we had a few other chances as well, and we could have been ahead.”

“I should have scored the first one when Joey put the ball in from a corner.” “It was a great ball and, on another day, I would have put that in.”

“Obviously we knew it was going to be difficult, and it was.” “I thought for the first 35 minutes we did well.” “We kept the ball well, and didn’t let them do what they wanted to do.

“Then the first goal went in, and they took control.” “But we still worked hard.”

Now the important thing is to forget about that game and concentrate all our efforts on Sunday’s early KO game with Aston Villa.

And Andy says that the Newcastle team spirit is still high after last night’s thumping.

Carroll said:

“It’s 50-50. Everyone’s disappointed with the result, but all the lads played well.” “We knew it was going to be tough, and it was, but there were positives to take from it.”

“Our tactics were to keep Scholes off the ball, and I thought we did that really well. But as soon as he dropped off, and we let him have the ball, he just ran the game.”

“It was all about the tactics. We needed to stick to them, and not let players like him get the ball.”

The truth is that Paul Scholes (35) is still a terrific player, and he ran the game completely last night,  and it’s a real pity he wasn’t in South Africa during the summer playing for England in the World Cup.

Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs (36) are just fantastic players, and they are a credit to both their club and themselves.

They have collectively made 1485 appearances for the Red Devils in their careers with 305 goals between the  two of them.

You see what we mean.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • john_cena163

    Aug 17, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #1
  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    “Our tactics were to keep Scholes off the ball, and I thought we did that really well. But as soon as he dropped off, and we let him have the ball, he just ran the game.”

    I dont think you did that well at all, its the first thing i said before the game, we need someone to stop him playing, he is the key to how they play

  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope its right john_cena163, I said the other day i think it will be decided by friday, one way or the other

  • Mac

    Aug 17, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes Andy u should have.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #5

    it might have changed the game quite alot if carroll had scored, it would have really lifted the lads, but more than likely it would have got man utd into next gear, i think they were coasting at times

  • MacToon

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Even if Carroll had scored I think we’d have struggled and lost but that is only because of the opponents.

    I’d rather carroll scores winners 😉 and not consolation goals, I’m sure he will. He ran as far as he could, back to defence etc. even tried linking onto his own knock-ons because he was so isolated most of the game. Nolan played too far forward most of the time and we had little in support for Carroll.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Carroll is not overate player, he great like the other our no 9 striker, just a little different between him and other is, he just 21…wonder what he will be after 2year or maybe next season or maybe next year, he now on gaining experience…HWL!!!

  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    I dont know how anyone can say hughton is shrewd and has done well with transfers, he signed simpson, best, perch and routledge, am i missing something here?? all are average at best, we missed out on moses and beckford, both would have been better signings

  • aguero10

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #9

    I think as long as Carroll is our striker we are seriously limited as to how we can play. He’s too static and really only any good in the air with his aggression, it’s either a long ball up to Carroll

    which is

    1) Asking a lot of him to win it and hold it up long enough considering how long it takes the likes of Nolan to get anywhere near him for support

    2) He’s good at winning flick ons but who exactly is he flicking it to when nobody is within 20 yards of him?Last night he was even chasing his own flick ons at times. I think defenders will just let him win those kind of headers all day long and just drop off him and pick up the second ball that he flicks on to no-one.


    We need our wide men – Routledge (who is capable of delivering good crosses but is a bit inconsistant with his deliveries) and Jonas (asking a lot of him to put decent cross in i know), even Enrique who can deliver a good ball, to get some decent crosses into the box and hope Carroll can win some headers but thats just a percentage game really.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #10

    to be honest perch looked better when he got forward, might be better in midfield.

    And aguero10 it isnt carroll’s fault, we are one dimentional (im not saying your saying it is) its the fact we dont have any players who can support him, smith and nolan are slow, i wish we had bellamy playing off him, and having guthrie and lovo would have helped alot.

    I dont agree with you on routledge, i think his final ball is lacking 90% of the time, thats why he hasnt made it as a prem player in the past, he has everything else, and also maybe his decision making isnt the best either, but still better than bartons when he shot rather than crossed with 2 players screaming at him in the box, i was so frustrated at that, he takes all the free kicks and pens, and is good at neither, he put in one decent delivery for carrolls header

  • Toon XI

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Carroll was one of our few shining lights last night. Had he scored it would not have saved us from losing. ManU would have cranked it up so fast and scored within 5-10 minutes of Carroll’s goal.

  • Ben arfa in toon

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #12

    anyone heard about kakuta from chelski coming over— £6mil

    i dont think so ! we could get ben arfa for that

  • aguero10

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t think it is Carroll’s fault either like you say the whole team lacks pace. But also i just think the type of player that Carroll is means the whole team is forced to play an old fashioned style or long ball football.

    A big part of the game today at the highest level is about counter attacking at pace which is something we severely lack right now.

    As for routledge i said hes capable as i have seen him put some decent crosses in from time to time but like i said hes inconsistant with it and a lot of the time they are poor crosses

  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #14

    kakuta ooohhhh the rumours are getting worse, he is the future of chelsea, their coaching staff think he is one of the best young players they have ever had, they wouldnt sell him for 20m probably, its nearly as bad as when one of the papers said we were swapping s.taylor for puyol 🙂

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #15

    End of the day boys, we’ve seen better newcastle sides go to old trafford and get battered conceding 5s and 6s lol. This was never ever going to be a game that shaped our season. Yes a point would have been an achievement and a win completely unforgettable but its gone. Done. Dusted.

    I just hope against Villa we attack and get the midfield closer to carroll. The most visible probelm (other than silly defending) wa sthe huge gap between carroll and the midfield. How are we going to score goals like that?

    Answer? set pieces. Bolton esc

  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #16

    agreed magpietillidie22, im not going to mentioned the man utd game anymore, its getting boring lol.

    We have to be compact against villa, carroll will struggle against villa, they have strong, big powerful defenders, and dont concede much from set pieces, they have the best defensive set piece record in the prem, i think collins, cueller and dunne, will dominate carroll, we need to get crosses in the box, and overwhelm their midfield

  • hollandes

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #17

    i was slightly disappointed with routledge and jonas, got knocked about a bit and some poor deliveries.

    Carroll played with a lot of heart, and i think some under-rate him and some over-rate him. I remember discussing before the game his aerial ability with a chelsea fan who was adamant Drogba is better in the air, I personally thought in terms of heading they are similar.

    Anyway Drogba didn’t start making major noises in football till about the age of 24? His performances against us back in the eufa cup semi-finals were very good for a striker and since his move to chelsea IMO he’s got better and better.

    Now Carroll is 21 so stop having a go at him for not being a 20 goal a season striker or for him having poor balance like I see one guy always say. He is what he is, a raw talent with much to learn but one going definately in the right direction. So let’s ourselves learn something as fans – patience!

    Now he probably wont be the next drogba and we probably won’t be the next Chelsea haha, but 5 years time if we still have Carroll, Vuckic, Krul, Ranger, Guthrie, Kadar and we’re in and around the top 6 – 10 teams in with a shout for europa league football then I would be content because as some of you have forgotten WE DON’T HAVE RUSSIAN OR ARAB OWNERS WITH LOTS OF MONEY. rant over

  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #18

    hollandes im sick of people mentioning drogba and carroll in the same post lol, drogba has pace, strength, aerial ability, he is one of the most complete strikers in prem history, carroll is like duncan ferguson, big, strong, good in the air, and horrible to play against, thats what he should be looking to be like, ferguson was very underated (when fit)

    I agree about keeping guthrue, krul, kadar, etc etc together, they can only get better, and we will have a decent side, it will just take time, we need to stay up, if we did go down, (i dont think we will) then i think it could be curtains this time for us, we need to build steadily, slowly getting better players, and improving every year

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Geordielad is right, but one thing is for certain, we need 3 or 4 more to be able to be confident of being in this league next year.

    If we were to go down again…. i dont like to think about it tbh

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 17, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Carroll reminds so much of Wyn Davies back in the late 60’s he was outstanding in the air & cuased havoc allowing Pop Robson to poach loads of goals what we need is someone like Pop Robson now

  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #21

    geordiedoonsouth totally agree with your last post, he has so many similarities, both fantastic in the air, we do need that kind of player to play with him

  • hollandes

    Aug 17, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #22

    i wasn’t comparing their styles of play at all, and yes carroll is similar to ferguson, I’m not an idiot but my point was more that he’s still developing and people are expecting too much too soon

    if only we’d signed that bafetimbi gomis (i think thats how you spell it) when we had money

  • Brutooon

    Aug 18, 2010 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #23

    Alex Ferguson even pointed that Carroll is one good player with a great heading abilities.

    Routledge or jonas will never provide enough crosses for Carroll

    Ask them to go win some corners and freekicks

  • baro

    Aug 18, 2010 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #24

    carroll was great


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