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Big John Carew Promises More

Big John Carew Promises More

John Carew has promised there are more goals to come from him after making a scoring return from injury.

Big John told the official site,

'This was my first goal after the injury and hopefully this will give me even more of a confidence boost for the next matches. I had the chance to take it down inside the area and the defender couldn't tackle me because it would have been a penalty. So I just had a shot at goal and it went in. It was difficult to be out injured for six or seven weeks like that, but I am slowly starting to get fit again and it's always good to get goals.'

Adding on the match v Boro, 'It was a difficult game for us. The match was maybe not the most entertaining to watch, especially in the first-half. But even then we played some good football and got the lead. To score three goals in the end is a very strong victory away from home for us and gives us a very strong boost.'

Gabby Agbonlahor also said of his fellow striker: 'I think he's the best in the world at doing that sort of thing. On his day, when he's got confidence, he's the best at holding the ball up and turning like that. He did that a lot on Saturday and had one of his better games. He's just come back from injury and that goal will really lift his confidence. I think you can see we're playing with loads of confidence and we looked like a really good team on Saturday. That's credit to the manager, the players and the rest of the staff and hopefully we can continue that.'

Just imagine if JC starts banging them in regularly for us now. That really could push us towards Europe this season, especially when you consider there is money once again to spend in the January transfer window.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday November 26 2007
Time: 1:12PM


"Just imagine if JC starts banging them in regularly for us now." That would indeed be brilliant, but it isn't the whole story. JC is a player who can hold the ball up and bring others into play, and the importance of such a player cannot be underestimated in my opinion. Such players take the steam out of the opposition, let the whole team move forward and close gaps, and create chances for others. If the front man can't keep the ball, it puts pressure on the whole team and ultimately leads to defeat. More goals from JC would be a massive bonus, but might not be the most important attribute he brings to the team.
26/11/2007 13:52:00
P.S. Was anyone else impressed with Olof's goal? A cool take-down and finish! Next conversion from right back to target man? :o)
26/11/2007 13:54:00
I hope this goal gives him the confidence to start netting every week! He is a class player and i reckon could be our 20 goal a season man!
26/11/2007 13:59:00
Totally agree BobtheBuilder, on form and fit, he has a great deal of other parts to offer which are crucial to the team and the balance, but he is our star striker as well, he'll hurt if he isn't our top scorer each season and with Gabby bang on form, that can only serve to push JC on. Any front line striker with the reputation JC has must surely be looking at 15 a season + contributions ?
The Fear
26/11/2007 14:00:00
Spot-on, BobTheBuilder. The role of a player like Carew to ease momentum and occupy defenders is critical. On another subject; Does anyone else feel that Luke has been incapable of taking advantage of the chances he has had to prove himself at this level, or is he simply suffering from a lack of confidence? Fear, perhaps this could be a poll question.....
26/11/2007 14:13:00
gmvillan. Good point. I'm concerned about Luke and it seems to be more about attitude than ability, which he has in spades. His body language during games is very weak.
26/11/2007 15:14:00
I think Luke is a much better player off the bench. He nearly always creates or scores when he comes on as sub. That, in itself, is a great asset to a team, someone who can genuinely change a game in the last twenty minutes. I think Shaun Maloney , at present, also falls into that category.
26/11/2007 15:52:00
Carew really is an international class player and can create a goal from a lot less than a half chance, I hope he gets plenty more goals after that confidence builder same for Gabby to not that he needs the confidence.
26/11/2007 16:56:00
JPF: Having just re-read what I put it looks like I was disagreeing with your excellent comments, rather than adding something to them as I intended. When will I learn to review *before* clicking 'submit' ...
26/11/2007 19:28:00
We didn't seem to play the long ball so often which was good. That superb goal by JC turned the game in our favour. Olof's goal was class, then Gabby makes Woodgate look less than good. We did not seem to play that well in general, quality in the last third is very welcome.
26/11/2007 19:43:00
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