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Downing backs Carroll to fire


Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing believes a goal in the Merseyside derby provides the ideal platform on which to build for striker Andy Carroll.

The Reds' £35million club-record signing broke the deadlock in the 2-0 win against 10-man Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. It was the England international's first goal in seven Barclays Premier League appearances this season, having only previously scored against League One strugglers Exeter in the Carling Cup.

"Andy's off the mark now. Without scoring, he's been doing well for us and he deserved it for his all-around play," said Carroll's club and international team-mate.

"That goal is a real bonus and for it to happen in the derby is extra special for him

"Andy is a quality striker and I'm sure he'll build on this.

"It was such an important goal as this was a big win for us."

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