Newcastle United forward Andy Carroll has held back no punches in his condemning assessment of the Magpies’ ‘absolutely shocking’ performance at Leicester City on Sunday, as quoted by the Chronicle.
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Carroll entered the action in the 63rd-minute as the replacement for Joelinton, for what was the 30-year-old’s second Toon appearance (TransferMarkt) since returning to St. James’ Park in the summer as a free agent (BBC).
Newcastle were already chasing the game in a losing battle when Carroll joined proceedings from the bench, with Steve Bruce’s Toon three goals behind as Paul Dummett had knocked the ball past teammate Martin Dubravka after Ricardo Pereira and Jamie Vardy opened the scoring.
The Magpies soon fell further behind when Vardy’s brace rounded out a 10-minute, three-goal spree by the hosts, who ran riot on a 10-man Newcastle side to ensure that Bruce succumbed to the joint-worst defeat of his Premier League managerial career.
As well as failing to keep the Foxes out, United lacked a creative presence in the game, as the North East outfit fashioned just three shots – none of which were on target – alongside two key passes, according to data collected by WhoScored, as they were mauled 5-0 by the Foxes.
Carroll has since come out and offered his apologies to the travelling St. James’ Park faithful, who bared witness to a display offered by a team who ‘completely gave up’.
“It was absolutely shocking,” Carroll said. “The fans [were] singing all the way through, I felt sorry for them. The first half was OK. The second half, we came out and I can’t even tell you how bad it was.
“You saw it [in] the first half and it was shocking, we need to put it right on the training pitch – we can’t play like that again. We gave up, completely gave up.
“It was absolutely terrible and the gaffer is fuming in there, and rightly so – it was terrible. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to kick on.”
While corrosive to his teammates’ efforts, as well as his, Carroll’s comments are not without reason, as Newcastle were well and truly not at the races on Sunday as they were humiliated by Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester.
No Newcastle player left the field at the King Power Stadium holding their heads high, as they were ‘outclassed’, ‘punished’, and ‘run-around’ by the Foxes in the words of the Chronicle, who gave Sean Longstaff their highest match rating with a six out of 10.
Carroll’s point that Newcastle’s display in the second half was worse than in the first is also true to the bone, as all of the Toon’s shots came in the opening 34 minutes while they also handed over possession 12 times after the break, having been dispossessed just four times prior to half-time. (WhoScored.com)
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