Andy Carroll achieved a couple milestones in the loss at Burnley on Saturday. One of those was that he captained his hometown club for the first time.
With Jonjo Shelvey sidelined with a calf problem, Steve Bruce named the 30-year-old Geordie as his skipper. It must have been a proud moment for Carroll, who once again played his heart out for the team.
Andy, as you’d expect, was not pleased with the result which put a damper on his proud moment. This is what he had to say after the game, as published in the Shields Gazette.
“It’s nice to have the armband, but it means nothing if you don’t win.”
We thought Carroll put in an excellent performance though he had limited opportunities in a very choppy game. There were a lot of contentious challenges, and the weather was awful.
However, Andy’s physicality was perfect for this type of game and he was dominant in the air. He was also at the center of a couple of early chances that could have changed the game.
He did beautifully to bring down a long ball from Jetro Willems in the box. Carroll laid it off perfectly for Christian Atsu who opted not to take the shot.
Andy, himself, had one gilt-edged chance in the sixth minute. Carroll started the moved by knocking the ball to Atsu on the right. Atsu then played it back to Hayden who put in a dangerous delivery. Andy attacked the ball, and Burnley’s Phil Bardsley, but pushed his header wide.
Another milestone for Carroll is that he played the entire ninety minutes for the first time this season. Thankfully, it seems like he has suffered no ill-effects from playing the full match.
This is what Andy had to say about how he felt after the game.
“I feel fine. There wasn’t much running about, really – it was just jumping in the air.”
That’s at least some good news. The last thing we would need now would be for Andy to go down with any type of problem. This is a significant milestone for Carroll, who could be in line for consecutive starts for the first time on Saturday against Crystal Palace.