Newcastle United fought to a 0-0 draw with Brighton at St James’ Park yesterday in a game which the visitors will be struggling to believe didn’t end in victory.
The Seagulls dominated the game for much of the contest but Newcastle were resolute in defence and in the end deserved a share of the spoils.
The big story coming out of the game, was the return of Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll.
The 30-year-old came on with eight minutes left to a massive applause from the home crowd. The former England international rejoined his boyhood club on a free transfer this summer following his release by West Ham United.
Carroll left the club for Liverpool in January 2011 for a fee reported by The Telegraph to be in the region of £36 million.
He has since been ravaged by injury problems and has only just returned from ankle surgery to make his homecoming appearance for Newcastle.
It was something the player clearly enjoyed. Carroll took to social media after the game to thank the Newcastle fans after making his comeback.
No Words To Explain That Feeling!! Reception Was Out Of This World!! You Never Fail To Amaze Me NUFC 🖤 @ St James Park .. Toon Army https://t.co/BuUrd4mp9A
— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) September 21, 2019
Carroll could not find a dream goal on his return but he certainly had something of an impact. The cameo again showed that if Carroll can remain fit, he clearly has something to offer the club this season under Steve Bruce.
Hopefully, he can find a return goal at home soon. When he does, the Newcastle faithful might just blow the roof off of St James’ Park.