21-year-old Andy Carroll looked an awesome striker on Sunday afternoon, as Aston Villa found the local Newcastle number 9 just too hot to handle.
Andy Carroll – awesome display yesterday
Andy, who has already represented England at U19 and U21 level, is pushing hard for a call-up for the International against Bulgaria a week come Friday.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked about his young striker after the game:
“He has all the attributes,” “Whether he is ready for England is a decision for the coach, but he has done himself no harm. I feel a bit sorry for Kevin Nolan because his two goals will barely get a mention.”
“I would never have predicted the score. It is a good day for us, but I am realistic enough to know score-lines like that do not happen very often. ”
“They are normally reserved for teams in the top six. “We won’t have too many days like this but hopefully we can have similar performances.”
Newcastle were rather lucky early in the game, when John Carew hopelessly hit his penalty way over the bar, after goalkeeper Harper had been careless enough to give the penalty away, when he brought down Ashley Young after just 10 minutes.
And within minutes of the final whistle, Joey Barton, who scored Newcastle’s opening goal when he hit a rocket from 27 yards out that was just too fast for American goalkeeper Brad Friedel to react to, had thankfully shaved off his moustache, to save the Newcastle fans, not to mention his girlfriend, further punishment. 😀
But it was a little daft that the media said he had made a Hitler-style salute when celebrating his goal, as the lad was simply illustrating to his pal Alan Smith that the mustache would soon be coming off – let’s give Joey a break.
Barton was just delighted following the game, after another good workmanlike display by the Liverpudlian, and he explained his gestures to his mustache:
“I was merely pointing out that the moustache was going to go after the game,” “The lads were desperate for me to shave it off and in the end, it was a case of either the moustache or my relationship with my girlfriend, so I’m glad it’s gone.”
We’re all glad it’s gone, but this display by a good Newcastle side, was a welcome surprise for the slightly disappointing crowd of 43, 000 Newcastle fans, who turned up to see the game.
6-0 against a top six side, and they thoroughly deserved the emphatic win – what a home start for the Magpies!
Next up are a decent Wolves side next Saturday afternoon at Molineux, and that will be a tough game, and we are certainly not getting carried away with yesterday’s fantastic result.