Andy Carroll has been well schooled by Chris Hughton and the modest Gateshead-born striker would not be drawn on his international future.
Andy Carroll – yesterday he was almost unplayable
Instead Andy wanted to speak about his pride at scoring his first ever senior hat-trick for the famous Newcastle United club he has supported since childhood.
This is what Andy said today:
“I just concentrate on myself,’ ‘I know I can play football and score goals like I did, and that’s what I go out there to do.” “Obviously, it’s great for people to see what I can do and stuff, but I’m just happy with three points and all the lads playing like they did.”
“It was a great game and a great performance by all the lads, and getting a hat-trick in the first game of the season at home was fantastic.” “There were no headers in it – they were all left-footed – but really it was all about the quality of the balls that went into the box for me to score the goals.”
The result was a complete shock to most Newcastle fans, it certainly was to us, and it provided an unbelievable start to Newcastle’s home campaign, in what we still expect to be a difficult season for the club.
But it was a wonderful response from the gutsy and proud Newcastle players, to the difficult 3-0 defeat at Manchester United in the Premier League opener, when the lads were simply outplayed by the Red Devils.
And Carroll believes home form will be key to Newcastle’s season:
“Last season, we didn’t lose here and before the game that’s what we were all talking about,’ “We just went out like we did last season and proved a point to anybody who was doubting us.”
“We’ve got to keep working hard week in, week out. I thought we were pretty unlucky against Man United, and now we’re showing what we can do.”
Those are good words from Andy, and he needs to keep his head down and concentrate on his game at Newcastle, as he indeed seems to be doing.
If he does that then anything is possible from this proud local lad – anything.