Andy Carroll Can Still Improve – Hughton


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.

Comments welcome.


13 comments so far

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    he had a good game but dont expect him to do that every week …anyone have news on Steven Taylor’s contrat

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  • roy cropper

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    according to our very good friend – stardust – this lad carn’t head the ball & genrally he just isn’t a very good footballer at all !! ???

    stardust = heed the bal.

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  • xfer

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Jose Enrique is our best defender. He is extremely solid. Have always enjoyed watching him play.

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  • gunnarnufc

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    What a performance from Carroll, and the whole team yesterday. And it’s amazing how good Enrique has become. I wish we had another Enrique in right back.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    I think he would improve even more with a decent calibre strike partner!

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  • Oleg G

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    I just Don’t Understand why yesterday, Ameobi and Xisco came in and not some young local players.

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  • YANICK MALTA NUFC

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Any news on Ben Arfa ?

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  • YANICK MALTA NUFC

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Harris Vuckic & Nile Ranger should had been given 20 mins yesterda imo

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Its worrying aint it.

    Stardust, Cashleys love child s i have pointed out in the past, is nothing more than a poor accountant who hasnt a clue about the practical side of a successful fooball club.

    I mean come on…he blames the fans for getting the club relegated last season!!

    He things Mike Ashley is right to punish the fans for voicing their opinions.

    He hasnt a clue man. He has bought in to the Fatman and his little sidekicks patter that they are doing verything right for the club to get it on a stable financial basis. I agree we need this but not to the detriment of its paying public….and thats exactly what has been happening….hence the 44k at the weekend, people are sick of the fat man taking the P188 out of them………..

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Oooops sorry all…….I believ I have just contributed to maybe a future relegation!!!

    Though on big Andys performance at the weekend, i wont be betting on it Stardy boy!!!

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  • juliogeordio

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Next time I score (which as usual will be past my 2 year old in the back garden), rather than my standard wheeling off with 1 hand aloft like Shearer, I will have both arms open. Come in No.9. We missed you.

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  • yemozone

    Aug 23, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Andy Carroll is my new hero. There will be no problem staying in the premiership if he can stay fit

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 23, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    @ yemozone // Aug 23, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    The question is, what happens when he isnt??

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