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TAKE TWO FROM CARRA

Posted on 9 April 2006  - 12:00

Michael Carrick was quick to point out the striking similarities between his first goal for the Club in early December and his second against Manchester City on Saturday.

Michael Carrick was quick to point out the striking similarities between his first goal for the Club in early December and his second against Manchester City on Saturday.

The midfield pass-master cut in from the right of the penalty area against Sunderland - also at the Lane - before stroking calmly into the net. This time around, from the same position, he opted for power and gave David James in the City goal no chance at all.

His second first team goal in our colours gave us a 2-0 lead over Stuart Pearce's side, but there was a quick response from Georgios Samaras at the other end. Overall though, it was a fairly comfortable - not to mention vital - 2-1 win with not too many scares before the referee sounded the full-time whistle.

"It was the same as my first goal and it is a bit weird," reacted Michael after the game. "It was almost a carbon copy. It was a superb ball, to be fair, and I didn't have a lot to do, I just got it down and managed to volley it in, which is nice.

"A few of the lads were saying they were in the box waiting for me to square it, but I was oblivious to that. Thankfully it went over the top of Jamo and it gave us a bit of a cushion - not for long though."

For someone who claims that goalscoring is not a major part of his game, there has been absolutely no shortage of glee on the two occasions Michael has found the net...

"Every one enjoys it, it is just that I don't get into the positions to score as much as others," he responded. "I don't mind that, I'll let the forward lads take the glory but, as I have said all along, if I can chip in with three or four over a season then I will be happy.

"It was nice to get the second goal here and it was an important win for us."