For those Newcastle supporters who have followed Newcastle over the last few years we’ve seen a local lad, Andy Carroll, develop in font of our eyes, and since Chris Hughton took over as full time manager last summer, Carroll has grown in stature by leaps and bounds.
Andy Carroll – brilliant play and great hat trick yesterday!
The performance yesterday will get Andy himself plenty of publicity as he had a decent game in the mauling at Old Trafford a week ago, but yesterday he led the line like the maestros of old.
Chris Hughton is only too aware of the talent he has at the club, and he has done well to keep the lad’s feet firmly on the ground this last year, as Andy has added goals to his game.
Chris talked about his young striker today and whether he was ready for a full England cap:
“Whether it’s too early for Carroll to be made a full international, is a decision for the England manager but he has developed his game,” .“He has added goals to his game.”
“There are areas he can improve. How far he can go, that will be up to the environment he is in, and more so the individual himself. He’s got the attributes to improve even more.”
“For us who have been in the game quite some time he is very much a throwback.” “He can be prolific in the air, he’s certainly a handful for most defenders.”
“But as all great goalscorers will tell you, it’s not only about the contribution for the team but also putting the ball in the back of the net.” ” Ultimately he’ll be judged on that.”
Carroll also made Kevin Nolan’s first goal, and it’s hardly surprising the Newcastle manager was just delighted with an all-round contribution which also included some great defensive work from the 6’5″ 21 year-old:
“His three goals all came on the ground, which is always pleasing,” “As he’s shown in the last two games, his movement has been good. I was particularly impressed with him at Old Trafford, with the work rate he was prepared to put in for the team.”
So as we said, Andy will get all the accolades today, but it was hardly a one man show with captain Kevin Nolan chipping in with two goals and Joey Barton having another excellent game in midfield and scoring the goal of the game.
The defense was steady after their travails on Monday night with Coloccini and Williamson looking very good.
Jose Enrique had a stormer at left back and poor Ashley Young didn’t get a look-in as the Spanish left-back showed just how much he has improved in his three years on Tyneside – what a player this lad is.
Overall a memorable performance from the Newcastle side yesterday – and it certainly augers well for our future in the top flight.
And of course we don’t have to look at that Joey Barton mustache any more – and boy is that good news this morning.