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Newcastle boss Hughton: Carroll knows he has long way to go

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton says Andy Carroll is mature enough to realise he won't be hitting hat-tricks every week like he did against Aston Villa.

While Hughton was delighted with his performance and the development he has shown since forcing his way into the first-team picture, he knows from experience that there will inevitably be good times as well as bad for the Geordie starlet.

He said: "What he has realised and does realise is that days like the day he had on Sunday, he will have equally as many bad days.

"It comes with the territory as a centre-forward. There will be good spells and bad spells and it's working through those spells.

"Particularly when he is in the form he is in, we have got to capitalise on it the best way we can.

"But he will have bad days as well and that is something he is fully aware of."

Carroll, who was watched on Sunday by Fabio Capello's right-hand man Franco Baldini, had been touted for a call-up to the senior squad, although his club manager knows that will only come as a result of sustained performance at club level.

Hughton said: "Where he is at this particular moment as regards England, that, of course, is for others to make that decision.

"The most important thing for us is that he is performing for Newcastle United, and he certainly couldn't have started the season any better than he has."

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