Best - I'll fill Carroll void
Leon Best is confident he can fill Andy Carroll's shoes at Newcastle after scoring in the draw with Arsenal.
By Elliot Ball - follow me on Twitter @ballell
Last Updated: 07/02/11 5:54pm
Leon Best is confident he can fill Andy Carroll's shoes at Newcastle United after scoring in Saturday's dramatic draw with Arsenal.
The Republic of Ireland striker notched his fourth goal of the season en route to helping the Magpies secure the most unthinkable of comebacks against the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger's side had led 4-0 at the break before Newcastle rescued a point thanks to a flurry of second-half strikes by Alan Pardew's side.
And Best believes the North East club showed they have moved on since selling Carroll to Liverpool on transfer deadline day in a £35million deal.
He told the Chronicle: "It was a hard job, but it shows what Newcastle is about.
"We have Northern Rock on our shirts, you saw the Northern Rock right there - that was us against Arsenal and we showed them what we can do."
Much has been made about Carroll's switch to Anfield and Newcastle's failure to bring in a replacement before the January transfer window closed.
But Best, who has been forced to pull out of Ireland's midweek Carling Nations Cup encounter with Wales, insists he can continue to bang the goals in at St James' Park.
The 24-year-old added: "People may wonder if I can fill the void left by Andy Carroll.
"I've been the underdog a lot of times in my life and come out on top. I just need to keep doing that. If I keep scoring it's good but it's about the team."