Andy Carroll Looked An Awesome Striker Yesterday

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.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • balubas1

    Aug 23, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s got it all. Strenght, eye for goal, good shot and volleys, good header, technique, very good vision, and even good pace for his size.

    Also he is in the making… remember he’s still only 21.

    Lets cheer him all the way! Keep his confidence up , and he might just be our 20+ striker.

  • Charlietoon

    Aug 23, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #2

    It was good to see us strong at home and I don’t think any team will come to St James confident of points after that performance.

    Carroll did well but I think a lot of our performance was helped by the mistakes villa. I hope we can keep it up next week.

  • Brisvegas

    Aug 23, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Hopeless! Only scored 3. Should sell him – better still, send him out on loan to get some experience.

    We should have got into double figures against a crap side like Villa – they don’t even have a manager! And half their best team were missing!

    We’re going down. Hughton is useless. Barton was lucky with every pass he made. The ref was paid off by Ashley – wtf, the penalty actually went through the net – can’t believe everybody missed that!

    Anything else?

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 23, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Brisvegas , LOL. Hope you aren’t serious… ?

  • Brutooon

    Aug 23, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Carroll remind me of Shearer, he links all the attack, win all the header, run some defenders.

    If he play week in week out like that, we would easily avoid relegation

  • MacToon

    Aug 23, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #6

    If he play week in week out like that, we would easily avoid relegation………………….

    We’d be playing champions leauge football next season! 😉

    It’ll be better once this court case is out of the way and then he should keep his mind on his football and an England cap will come his way soon enough.

  • Thump

    Aug 23, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Lol geordiegerman – sarcasm detector acting up?

    Did any of you lads watch the fulham game? Certain the ref had money on man u

  • PK-Norway

    Aug 23, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #8
  • balubas1

    Aug 23, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #9

    I watched it.. Man U usually get their way with the ref’s. The shirtpulling should have given fulham the pentalty on 1-1. Also Duff’s freak handball should not have been blown.

    The ref just could not take a verbal beating from Ferguson after the game. With the power AF’s words have, they could certainly slow a ref’s career if he has any ambitions.

    Loved to see Hangelands header go in to make it 2-2 😉

  • Purely Belter

    Aug 23, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #10

    i think carroll has got the best heading ability in the league. like ferguson said last week, carroll has got great leaping ability and creates so much power.

    and he holds the ball up well and will only get better with time and experience.

    we just need someone to cross the ball better, routledge is quick but his technique isnt the best

  • Thump

    Aug 23, 2010 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Aye it was a gorgeous header, like – nice to see him make up for the own goal! Bet he’s kicking himself now, though.

  • Asilaytoon

    Aug 23, 2010 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #12

    he showed he has the composure….he will be a nightmare for any defender…got some good passing ability as well…yeah we need better supply for him from the wings…i was impressed by Williamson ..i hope his performance dont go unnoticed…he is some one who i think will improve with games he plays…love the way he tackles..and clears the ball without putting much pressure on himself
    @ Brisvegas wtf

  • G

    Aug 23, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #13

    2 games in the Prem, and so far AC has looked the part, despite my ‘well documented’ doubts about his ability to lead the line… I can feel a slice of humble pie coming on!

  • Ericles

    Aug 23, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #14

    A mature performance. Fo a 21 year old he was magnificent. Howay – we are back and so is the number 9!

  • Teamstoof

    Aug 23, 2010 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #15

    somebody pinch me, or wait dont do it, I hope this dream will go on for ever….

    Any news about the man we don´t talk about?

  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 23, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #16

    G, I bet it will be the best tasting pie you have ever eaten 😉 We have a proper number 9 again, HWTL!!

  • Stevo

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Did anyone else think that Xisco linked up really well with Carroll for the short space of time he was on?! I mean that was a great ball through to Carroll for his 3rd goal! I know there was still a lot of work to do, and Carroll did finish well but the vision of both players was fantastic.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Xisco is also serious pace I had no idea about! I saw him play maybe 10 times for Racing last season and never saw it! I know he mucked up but his acceleration on the counter was amazing!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Fergie said last week that Andy gave his defenders a torrid time and this week he has proved how, against lesser defenders, he can provide the end product too.

    My only concern is we have no back up for him, if Andy gets injured, who plays up front then?

    I think Xisco looked good when he came on.

    Did anyone see the report about Hoots saying he had been talking to Citeh about taking a player from them, any ideas who?

  • john_cena163

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Same display again wolves, n m in a dream land… ,if v beat the 4-0 or 6+-0 , dat will surely boost our confidence, an may b who knows v might finish in top 6…., v can do it an its possible … Hav faith.

  • john_cena163

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Same display against wolves, n m in a dream land… ,if v beat them 4-0 or 6+-0 , dat will surely boost our confidence, an may b who knows v might finish in top 6…., v can do it an its possible … Hav faith.

  • Teamstoof

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #22

    @ John_C

    Comon, wake up! we will never finnish top 6 with this squad. We had a fantastic game last day, but we still have alot to prove, Routledge didnt got any passes right in the hole game, he was worthless against manure too.

    Think we need a replacement on the right wing

  • Mags

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Well that was brilliant. One of the best matches I have seen at SJP for years.

    Well done the lads.

  • john_cena163

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #24

    Maybe its robinho who wl cum…, coz da turkeysh club hav dienied intrest in him

  • john_cena163

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #25

    Coz if the arfa deal is dead, might b a midfielder 4m Man city an it might b him.

  • greekgeordie

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #26

    I bit my tongue last week and followed all the pessimistic comments from some of you about the transfer position at NUFC, of course one win does not prove a good season, but it was the way it was obtained, yesterday we had 11 players that will give all for the club and with a few more on the bench and on the injury list to come in as required, CH has proven again that he knows the score and he will only bring new players at the right price and with the right mentality to compliment what we have got.
    Xisco had only 10 minutes but he did show that he can hold his own in the PL, give a lad a chance and keep him to January so he can prove his worth, I will use him at left wing and rest Jonas every so often, starting at Accrington this week.
    STOP getting at CH and stand behind him all the way, the man has not put a foot wrong since he has taken over the job.

  • john_cena163

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #27

    As i said u neva know mate antng can happn…, no 1 expectd da 6-0 against villans…, who knows v might shock the world by finishg top 6…, our squad does look week, bt if they play with same confidnce, v can surely do it.. B positive mate, cheers.

  • nufclewizc

    Aug 23, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #28

    who gonna guess how many big AC will score? i reckon 13-14

  • Mr Books

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #29

    I think yesterday highlighted the biggest difference between the current squad and two years ago. On paper Villa were better than us in almost every department. But they are a group of individuals who are unsure of their future, with no permenant management gelling them and an owner who is indicating that the purse strings are going to be pulled. Newcastle had a team, working hard for each other all over the pitch. That’s the biggest difference CH has made. To be fair he’s now the longest serving Manager since SBR, which helps. I still think that even though on paper our squad is worse than the one that was relegated, the fact that it is a team can make that difference.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #30

    need to discuss new topic here, the next coming game carling cup and wolve….i vvry hope CH will rest some our lads like william and colo, nolan, carroll and barton, to avoid injuries. we have to travel to wolve on saturday…i’m from malaysia so i dont know how far Newcastle with wolve, but i feel we will win…Howay The Lads.

    Team Spirit last night surround NUFC among our lads resulting a big win..hoping this spirit will always be there.

  • Teamstoof

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Offcourse we all should have a much more positve spirit when we talk about the season. But remember this is Newcastle, a team that alwas get injuries, and what will happend when our steel midfield get their suspension cuse the have to many yellows? Its a long season and I am looking forward to it! HWTL!!

  • Stuart

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #32

    How come you havent got an article about Williamson Ed?

    He played a blinder yesterday, never seen a Newcastle centre back look so solid in my life.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #33

    @ Stuart // Aug 23, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    In that case you would need an article about each and every player involved yesterday (except Strolla)

  • Stuart

    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #34

    True Richy, but he’s fast becoming my favourite player. I really hope he carries on this form throughout the season. Would turn out to be a steal for the club!

  • noir9

    Aug 23, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #35

    I had a great day out yesterday & I will enjoy it for as long as I can. But keep your feet on the ground lads, lots of positives & some good performances from some of the players fans love to knock and not forgetting some positive comments from our chairman. Lets just get to 40 points as soon as we can & go from there.

    If routledge could improve his final ball he would be some player, he gave warnock (very highly rated) a torrid time. Villa reminded me of us when we got relegated, how many times did you see us crumble when we conceded a goal?

  • lesh

    Aug 23, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #36

    Brutooon // Aug 23, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    Carroll remind me of Shearer, he links all the attack, win all the header, run some defenders.

    Yup and he defends when needs be – just like Al.

    He’ll be a goodun as time passes.

    Interesting to see the BBC news 24 sports on Saturday when they briefly reported our 6-0 and said that the much better match was Fulham-ManU!

    So, now we know, 2-2’s better than 6-0

  • john_cena163

    Aug 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #37

    I was much more happy to c Big Andy on The newspaper, then neva show big articel of newcastle in indian paper bt dis time it was big hahahaha wit the titel


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