Newcastle have proved that they can win without Carroll.

Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll - Irreplacable?
Losing Andy Carroll for the game against Wigan yesterday afternoon was a massive blow, but by the end of the match, Carroll was just a fleeting thought in the minds of the majority of Newcastle fans.

I must admit, I personally wondered what we were going to do. I couldn’t see us getting an all-important win against a team that is likely to be a relegation rival. I don’t think I was alone in thought either given just how important Carroll has become to Newcastle. It would appear that I was wrong on that score though, and the players that were brought in managed to step up to the plate in the absence of our hottest property, which is great in fairness.

Make no mistake, Carroll is important to us, and will continue to be important for us for as long as he is wearing the black and white stripes, but getting the win without him yesterday was an important psychological achievement for the rest of the squad. They now know that they don’t have to rely in their star man.

You see, when you have a talismanic player, there can sometimes be an over-reliance on that player. Sometimes people don’t even know how much they rely on something, like a mobile phone for example – it’s something you have that does the job, but imagine life without it now. Andy Carroll is our mobile phone, or at least he was just before kick-off yesterday.

I’m not saying that we won’t feel the absence of the lad, because we will, but the main point is that it has been proven that we can win without him, albeit against a very poor Wigan side. This will hopefully give those players who are charged with playing whilst Carroll recovers the confidence and belief that they can do the job. Never underestimate the power of confidence in sport.

Confidence will be important when West Ham come to town on Wednesday evening, and Newcastle will have to believe that they can do some damage to The Hammers after their recent upsurge in form. If our lads can play to their abilities then there is no doubt that we can take the points at St James’ Park. We have to be aiming to take three points anyway as we are the home side and should be looking to take the bull by the horns.

And we can do it without Andy Carroll!

30 thoughts on “Newcastle have proved that they can win without Carroll.

  1. Well loaded the Wet Spam game on me 12th man card and hoping for another good performance without Carroll. I wouldn’t mind Best getting another chance actually as wierd as that statement sounds. Lovenkrands is nowhere near IMO and we just haven’t got anyone else presuming Ranger is still acting like a teenager.

    I much prefered 2 upfront and against these teams. We just get on the end of a lot more. Shame Lovenkrands cannot seem to finish at this level.


  2. Ice – Cheers mate. ‘m flying blind kind of, but I had to try and see if I could do it alone. Sink or swim now I guess πŸ™‚


  3. dog it was the yes mate comment too toonsy what p:ssed me off the most ,after toonsy has kept that blog going for 12 month or so and worky speaks too him like a dog m8


  4. you will swim ok m8 no worrys everybody needs help from time to time,dont ask dave like he needs water wings to get on the bloody ferry πŸ™‚


  5. Icedog – I said to Batty and Dave last night if you came on I had something to say to you, I remember a long time ago (think it was on) .com that you and I had words, it was in the days that almost the world was against me on there, I used to sit and fire out post after post and somedays it got heated as I felt like I was fighting the Zulus at Rourkes drift.

    The day in question I remember been upity at something you said (which was probably insignificant). I was then told (I think it was by Big Dave) that you were older, I was disrespectful and went on and was insulting.

    You commented about it last night on .org.

    Anyway, I have always been brought up to respect my elders, that day I didnt and was rude – which goes totally against the way I was brought up. For that I sincerely apologise. I have seen you post a few things on .org about me and would have written sooner but circumstances prevented it (like not being able to log in lol).

    Hope you receive my apology with the sincerity with which it was meant.


  6. Poor Jay im debating if I should start back on thurs or just wait till next week πŸ™‚
    Ice dont think I havn’t noticed them comment you sly Dawg πŸ˜‰ really nice to see you young fella πŸ™‚


  7. Back to work on the 10th, then on hols from the 17th Feb…whivh will also be the last couple of weeks of my notice πŸ˜†


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