Chris Hughton revealed that Andy Carroll played with a slight ankle injury today, and the Newcastle boss was disappointed not to get all 3 points at Moyneux this afternoon.
Chris Hughton – disappointed not to get the win
Hughton told Sky Sports after the game today that Andy played with a slight ankle knock:
“He’s a tough boy, Andy, he played through an ankle (injury) that he sustained a few days ago and hasn’t trained for four days,”
“He put himself right up for the game and that’s the type of individual he is and we just had to make sure that he was OK towards the end (by substituting him).”
“Arguably, it wasn’t one of his better games but he has shown that, even in a performance that hasn’t matched his last two performances, he’s always a threat.” “The delivery for the goal was a top class delivery and at the moment there’s nobody better to have on the end of it than Andy.”
Carroll’s goal took his league total to four in just three games, although he did miss one or two chances today, including an open goal just before half time, from just 6 yards out.
There will be more calls for manager Fabio Capello to include him in the England squad, but Chris just wants him to concentrate on playing for Newcastle – good thinking Chris!
“All he can keep doing is keep performing well for Newcastle United which is the most important thing for him and of course scoring goals.” “I thought we were the better of the two teams so we’re disappointed not to have capitalised on that,”
“We had the better of the chances over the 90 minutes, we started the game very well but you know when you come here, particularly how Wolves fared last season, it’s going to be a tough game.”
“We probably gave away a few too many free-kicks in that last period which made it much more difficult than we would have liked.” “I’m a little bit disappointed but a point here is always a good point.”
We should have won today, but that’s the nature of football and things tend to even themselves out over the season, so not to be too concerned.
We were still quite pleased with the draw to get us on 4 points.