Andy Carroll has received all the accolades for his wonderful hat-trick on Sunday afternoon, against an unexpecting Aston Villa side, but he seems to have his feet firmly on the ground, and that’s always good to see.
Andy Carroll – great display from local lad
Of course Andy is now wearing the very famous No 9 shirt at the club, and has seemed to raise his game for the first two games of the season, when he has been outstanding for Newcastle.
Alan Shearer was at the game on Sunday afternoon, in his private box, and seemed impressed with what he saw as he told The Telegraph:
“I was delighted that Andy had, if you like, the guts the take the No 9 shirt because we know that players over the years have shied away from it,”
“It is a big responsibility because it is a huge shirt.” “Plus there have been some big, big names that have worn the shirt and some great players at that.”
“I am not talking about myself there. I am talking about the Milburns, the Macdonalds and the Ferdinands and other players like that.”
Shearer seemed not only impressed by Carroll’s goal-scoring abilities, he whipped in the three goals with that left foot of his, but Alan though Andy looked very good in the opening game at Manchester United.
“There were one or two positives to be taken from the Manchester United game.” “No one expected us to get anything but I thought that Andy Carroll played the lone striker’s role very well against Manchester United. “
“It is hard enough playing up front on your own anyway when playing in that role, when you are a youngster, and playing at Old Trafford is very, very difficult.”
“Chris might have looked at that and thought if we can play the same way and get up and support him on occasions that might be successful.”
That’s certainly what happened on Sunday, but as we expected, every single Newcastle player was there to do a job in their first home game of the season, and while in the first 20 minutes or so the lads looked nervous, once those goals started to roll in, they visibly gained confidence, and at the end of the game they had completely outplayed the opposition.
The display and attitude on Sunday has to give us some confidence that there are a more points at home to be won by this determined squad Chris Hughton has grafted in place at Newcastle over these last 13 months.
Long may the form, endeavor and attitude the lads displayed on Sunday continue.