David Gold tonight told those who have criticised him for standing by Andy Carroll: “I told you so!”
The chairman has been the big man’s biggest defender as he has battled his way through injury and back to full fitness.
And nobody was more delighted to see the Geordie boy storm back to form than the co chairman who smiled: Ok I’ll say it – ‘told you so.’
Speaking to ClaretandHugh exclusively: “Its been a case of patience, patience, patience and I’ve told everybody who would listen that this is a great player who will come back to his very best.
“He played a magnificent game out there today – it was almost the perfect centre foreard’s game and I’m thrilled for him and everybody. No player deserves it more.
“Andy’s been forced to take a lot of criticism through social media at several levels and it’s been wrong. He’s a total professional and if he stays fit he can hit the heights. I believe he can and will.”