ANDY Carroll did his talking with his feet rather than his fists last night as the striker scored the only goal of the game against Doncaster Rovers to send Newcastle United five points clear at the top of the Coca Cola Championship.
Controversially named in the starting line-up by Chris Hughton, the England Under-21 international repaid the faith shown in him with a classy second-half finish, although he still has plenty more to do before he has repaired the damage his short temper has caused.
The Journal understands that Steven Taylor is willing to move on and will not look to press criminal charges against his teammate, although he does expect Carroll to be disciplined by the club for the assault, as well as an apology.
An internal investigation has already begun into the training ground incident and both players will be spoken to this week, as well as witnesses who saw the fight and the argument which led to it.
The club continued to refuse to comment on the issue yesterday and the players have also been banned from speaking about it.
Hughton (right) was happier to concentrate on another positive result for the Magpies who ground out another tough away win, only their second of the year in the league as they moved another step closer to a Premier League return.
He said: “It was another hard-fought win and we knew it would be.
“They play a brand of football which is attractive and they have got better and better in this league. We knew they would cause us problems, but we defended well and when you do that you always know, with the quality we’ve got, that we’ve got a chance of going up the other end and getting goal.
“We are looking forward to the time when the games run out for the clubs chasing us, but we are not there yet.
“We know we are never going to get an easy game in this league and I’m every one of the ones we have left will be tough.”
Hughton was also quick to praise Carroll for the way he took his goal, his 16th of the season, despite the controversy surrounding him.
He said: “It was a really good goal. We capitalised on a mistake, but Andy still had a lot of work to do. He showed good pace and good composure.
“He has scored a lot of important goals for us along with Peter Lovenkrands and he is still very much developing as a player.
“He did very well for us tonight. I’m not prepared to make any comment more than that.”