Alan Shearer thinks Andy Carroll was retired in the middle of the second half of Newcastle United’s FA Cup quarter-final loss to Man city because Steve Bruce he feared he would be fired if he did not replace him.
Carroll made its first start since December in Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat St James’ Park and recorded the Magpies’ only shot on target, a long-range effort that was comfortably managed by city goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Pep Guardiola instructed his two central defenders, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte, to “ keep ” Carroll “ far ” from the penalty area because the 31-year-old is “ incredibly strong with long balls and headers ”
Considering Newcastle’s length at Carroll, especially after a penalty shootout, Laporte had to try to compete with the striker in the air and was knocked down a few times.
Carroll was finally booked in the second half for a late tackle on Laporte and was replaced by Dwight Gayle barely three minutes later.
Shearer, Gary Lineker and Micah Richards discussed Newcastle No 7 duels with Laporte in a fun post-game analysis on BBC One.
GL: “Now talk about the center halves here. You have a nice quiet day, you are walking in the back, your team’s cruise, you are playing against Andy Carroll but you still have three uncomfortable whispers in the afternoon. Poor old Laporte! “
M .: “That’s what the central halves are supposed to do. It kept coming back! I told you he was a handful. He did this to me every day. [England] 21 training. “
AS: “Let the center half know he’s up for a game. I think that’s what it’s called.”
M .: “He kept coming and coming and coming.”
AS: “I think it also removed him because about 10 minutes later Steve thought that if I didn’t remove him, he could be fired.”