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Andy Carroll's goal drought continues
Yes, Andy Carroll's goal drought extended by yet another game last night.
But he cannot and should not shoulder all the blame coming his way and all the criticism he's had to take.
Put simply, he is a striker that thrives on service, specifically quality service from the flanks in the form of dangerous, whipped crosses. That is his specialty, his kind of game. His horrible first touch against Newcastle aside, he also has a knack for finishing goal-scoring.
But a forward who creates something out of nothing he is not.
When he did get on the end of crosses at the Etihad, he laid off a great second ball for Charlie Adam, who was fouled. (Jordan Henderson wasted the ensuing free kick.) He also knocked the ball down for a goal-bound finish from Dirk Kuyt, only to be denied by an excellent last-ditch block from Vincent Kompany.
Against the fantastic Kompany and the experienced Kolo Toure, Carroll won most of his aerial battles.
Pity that the battles were for long, diagonal, hanging balls without pace, requiring him to head them with his back facing the goal. Hardly goal threats.