Wolves were ready for a Newcastle team they seemed to fear on Saturday afternoon at Molyneux.
Andy Carroll – after scoring great header at Wolves on Saturday
At the end of the 90 minutes Wolves had got what they wanted out of the game, at least a point, but they ended up with 8 booking, and towards the end of the match young referee Stuart Attwell seemed to be catching up with Newcastle names, as he finally ended up putting four Newcastle players in his book.
12 bookings in all, and some of the tackling from the Wolves players made the field look more like a battlefield at times.
But even after dominating the game in the first 45 minutes and missing too many chances for comfort, and going in at the interval one goal down, this Newcastle doesn’t give up.
The lads were able to come back away from home in that second half, with another excellent Andy Carroll header, although the 21 year-old missed the easiest chance in the first half for the Magpies. Only the Carlos Tevez miss yesterday against Sunderland in the first half looked easier.
Mike Williamson, Newcastle’s great signing from Portsmouth for a paltry £1M, was one of the few players who escaped a yellow on Saturday and he talked after the game to the Daily Telegraph:
“I’m not sure how I managed to escape a booking,” “It was like a battlefield out there. There were a lot of tackles flying about.”
“Andy Carroll will be a handful for the best defenders in the world,” “He’s strong, he’s good on the floor, and his confidence is sky high now. You’re going to see him come into his own now.”
Andy has started the season well, and is getting lots of publicity and looks a tremendous striker in the making, but Chris Hughton has Andy under control, and the Gateshead-born youngster is taking the accolades well, and not getting carried away.
It’s OK if you read your own headlines, as long as you just don’t believe them.
Only then will you be able to handle the ups and downs that come with being a professional footballer, and Andy seems well equipped to do just that.
4 good goals in his first three games in England’s top flight, and Andy is flying, as are the Newcastle team.
It was a huge compliment Wolves played to Newcastle by trying to kick them off the pitch on Saturday – that’s the way we look at their play at Molyneux.
On another day, and with a little more luck, we would have still won the game, despite trying to be intimidated by a less skilled side.