Chris Hughton wants Andy Carroll to refocus

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Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton wants striker Andy Carroll to focus on football following his brush with the law.

Carroll, 21, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £2,500 in compensation after pleading guilty to a charge of common assault at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday.

The England Under-21 international had scored the winner in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League victory at West Ham and Hughton is hoping Carroll can now concentrate on his football after closing the chapter on an unsavoury incident.

Carroll also appeared in court last weekend where he denied a charge of assaulting a former girlfriend.

"We are all delighted with today, but what everybody wants to do is just get back to watching him do what he does best, as he did on Saturday at West Ham," said Hughton.

Meanwhile, the Magpies boss is keen to keep expectations surrounding the Gateshead-born striker to a minimum.

He added:"We are very definite about what we say about him. He is still a young lad and he is still a young lad who has improvements in his game to make.

"We are conscious of not building him into something he isn't at the moment.

"But he has wonderful potential and he is a young lad who is playing regularly now in the Premier League and if you are able to do that, you are able to make progress."

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