Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was delighted with the performance of Andy Carroll after the striker put aside his off-the-field problems to have a hand in both goals for the Coca-Cola Championship leaders in their 2-2 draw with Barnsley.
Carroll had been dropped for the Magpies' clash against Coventry on Wednesday following his arrest over an allegation of assault, but he made an impact straight on his return to the team.
Hughton said: "[Carroll] coped very well with it. I think the fact that he was instrumental in both goals and gave the contribution that he did. We know he's a handful and on his day a very good player."
The draw ended Newcastle's run of seven straight victories and Hughton felt his side should have held on for all three points.
"I think when you're 2-1, up with so little of the game to go, it's very disappointing when you don't get the result," he said. "What we didn't do well enough in that last period was defend a set play, which we've been very good at doing."
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