Phil Bardsley has his say on Andy Carroll after controversial Newcastle United defeat

Phil Bardsley says he didn’t have a problem with Andy Carroll at Turf Moor – despite getting “whacked” by the striker.

Monday, 16th December 2019, 5:00 am

The game, won 1-0 by Burnley, was punctuated by fouls, and Steve Bruce was critical of newly-promoted referee Tim Robinson.

However, Bardsley appreciated the “old-school challenges”. The former Sunderland defender: “It’s great, isn’t it? That’s what we’re in it for.

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“It’s still a contact sport, as we all know. People love a good old-school challenge, and there were certainly a few of them.

“You didn’t see many people rolling around, not with these two teams. We all got up and dusted ourselves down, and got on with it. Big Andy did me in the first few minutes – I’ve still got whiplash from that one.

“But it’s what we do. We get bumps and bruises but get back up and win football matches.

“I didn’t need that first whack to know what it was going to be like. I’ve played against big Andy for years, and I knew from waking up Monday morning it was going to be like that. So tough, physical game.”

Andy Carroll holds off Phil Bardsley at Turf Moor.
Andy Carroll holds off Phil Bardsley at Turf Moor.

On Newcastle, Bardsley added: “I think they changed formation three or four times, so you have to concentrate on what’s coming at you. In the end they went 4-4-2, and I think that suited us. If someone wants a tear up, we’re game on all day for that sort of stuff.”