Carroll keeps level head
Andy Carroll is keeping his feet on the ground following his Premier League heroics on Sunday.
Last Updated: 23/08/10 7:48pm
Rising Newcastle star Andy Carroll is keeping his feet firmly on the ground following his Premier League heroics on Sunday.
The striker, a prolific scorer in the Championship last season, slotted a hat-trick against a hapless Aston Villa side as the newly-promoted Magpies celebrated a shock 6-0 victory at St James' Park.
Carroll is already attracting comparisons with former Toon skipper Alan Shearer, who was among the home crowd at the weekend, while England boss Fabio Capello's lieutenants Franco Baldini and Stuart Pearce also witnessed his treble first-hand.
However, despite already being backed by some for a Three Lions call-up and reportedly attracting Chelsea's interest, 21-year-old Carroll is refusing to get carried away.
"I just concentrate on myself. I know I can play football and score goals like I did, and that's what I go out there to do," said Carroll.
"Obviously, it's great for people to see what I can do, but I'm just happy with the three points and all the lads playing like they did."
He added in Chronicle Live: "This is where I want to play my football and score goals.
"I'll just see what happens with England. Newcastle's my No.1 priority really. To go out there, wear No.9 and get a hat-trick in the Premier League has to be what it's all about.
"I was looking forward to coming out at home with No.9 on. With the result we got, and me scoring three goals, it was just a fantastic feeling.
"That's all I could have wished for, really, especially after just getting promoted and playing against a top-six team. It was just a great day for everyone."
Carroll's team-mate Jose Enrique heaped praise on the academy graduate following the win, and is confident the striker can score enough goals to keep the Toon in the top flight this season.
"I have told him I hope he scores 100 goals this season because it would be good for us!" said Enrique.
"He is a young lad and he has to learn a lot, like me, but if he continues the same way, he can win a lot of games for us.
"I said to him after the game, it was not just his goals, he was really, really good.
"Being a striker here is very difficult because Alan Shearer is a legend. But Andy is a striker who is good with his head, he's strong and he is going to be very important for us."