Carroll’s long wait only surpassed by Rooney after the Newcastle striker ended the goal drought

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Only Wayne Rooney has had a longer gap between Premier League goals for the same club as Andy Carroll, who first scored in his second spell at Newcastle United in a 2-1 loss to Leicester City.

Carroll, who turns 32 on Wednesday, made his ninth top flight appearance of the season on Sunday, coming in as a substitute in the 79th minute with Steve Bruce’s team trailing 2-0 on goals from James Maddison and Youri Tielemans.

He scored in three minutes, hitting in a timed volley to bring Newcastle back into competition, though the Foxes finally held their ground to secure their seventh away win of the season.

Leicester is the 19th different top flight team to win at least seven of its first nine road games in a season; none of the 18 above have finished outside of the top four.

Carroll’s goal was the first for Newcastle since he rejoined the club in 2019-20.

The former Liverpool and West Ham striker had last scored for the Magpies on Boxing Day 2010, in a 3-1 loss to Manchester City.

Coincidentally, his only two league goals for Liverpool in 2010-11, following a £ 35 million move, were also against City.

With a gap of 10 years and eight days between his goals for Newcastle, Carroll is behind Rooney for the longest time between two goals for the same club in the Premier League.

Rooney scored on the opening day of the 2017-18 season with Everton, 13 years and 121 days after his last goal for the Toffees in the 2003-04 season.

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