Andy Carroll was once again our Man of the Match in yesterday’s 3-1 defeat against Man City.
Andy Carroll – another top display yesterday
At the time of writing Andy has 49% of the vote, with Jose Enrique is second place with 19% of the vote, and Barton and Tiote next in line, and if you haven’t yet voted the poll is still open on our home page. Please vote.
Andy was a constant thorn in Man City’s side, in yesterday’s game, and Joleon Lescott had a more than frustrating day in trying to stop the big man, and generally he reverted to trying to foul Andy as many times as he could get away with.
After the game, Alan Pardew was pleased with Andy’s top performance, and the gutsy performance of the lads, and even pointed out, like Chris before him, that there are areas of big Andy’s game he can still improve on.
This is what Alan said today:
“The real positive from the team point of view was the amount of good balls we got into the box. It was probably even better than the Liverpool game.”
“There were some great deliveries and Joey’s set plays were spot on. Andy was a constant menace and, if you put the ball in the right areas, there are not many center-halves going to deal with him.”
“In terms of his all-round game, I think he would admit there are areas for improvement. Outside of that though, he was fantastic and one of the big pluses for us. I would put Tiote in that as well.”
“We’ve dropped too many points at home. Some of the opposition we’ve had, you would expect us to win, but I think most people would have come here against City hoping to win rather than expecting it.”
“They are a very good side, but I’m disappointed we lost. On a technical level though, the first phase has cost us the game.”
To the names of Carroll and Tiote that Alan mentioned above, we would add both Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, who again had very good games indeed, with Jose looking just mercurial at left back.
He didn’t give the returning James Milner any room at all to do anything, and if there’s a better left back in Spain right now – we have yet to see him – after this showing from the Spanish U21 International, who simply seems to be getting better all the time.
It was really good news and bad news for Alan in yesterday’s game.
Bad news because Newcastle almost threw the game away in the first four minutes, and good news because of the way the lads fought back through thick and thin, to try to get something out of the game.
And it was this magnificent fortitude and determination that sent Newcastle fans home with still some hope for the future.