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CARRICK OFF THE MARK

Posted on 5 December 2005  - 12:00

Michael Carrick scored his first goal in his 51st first team game in our colours against Sunderland on Saturday and, while delighted to be off the mark, the midfielder claimed his goalscoring output was not proving a major concern for him.

Michael Carrick scored his first goal in his 51st first team game in our colours against Sunderland on Saturday and, while delighted to be off the mark, the midfielder claimed his goalscoring output was not proving a major concern for him.

The midfield anchor man quite brilliantly opened his account in the 77th minute, steering a measured low sidefooted shot past the goalkeeper and through defenders to clinch the three points and put us fourth in the Premiership standings after the 3-2 victory.

"People have been onto me about scoring my first goal for a while now," reflected the boyhood Newcastle fan after putting one over their great rivals. "I said when I do, hopefully it will mean something - so to get the winner in a game like this was very pleasing."

With Jermaine Jenas and Edgar Davids having already heeded Martin Jol's order for more goal productivity from midfield, Michael denied fearing he might be the one left waiting.

It is not something I've been concerned about, but it is good to get off the mark

"I haven't thought about it, it is just you keeping on about it all the time!" he added of your website correspondents.

"Getting the first one was big and I had a few mates in the crowd who would have been happy it came against Sunderland. A good day all round.

"It was a bit of a strange game. In the first half we had so much of the ball and looked comfortable before a couple of things went their way. They are fighting for their lives and were not going to give up easily, so it was a tough game for us.

"It was a big win and allows us to keep in touch with the leaders. We are pretty happy with where we are at the moment and it is not bad."