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Hughton warns Carroll of tough times ahead

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has warned man of the moment Andy Carroll that life in the Premier League will not always be as rewarding as it was on Sunday.

The 21-year-old marked his first top-flight game at St James' Park as the Magpies' number nine with a fine hat-trick in a 6-0 hammering of Aston Villa, catapulting himself into the national headlines.

But while Hughton was delighted with his performance and the development he has shown since forcing his way into the first-team picture, he knows from experience that there will inevitably be good times as well as bad for the Geordie starlet.

He said: "What he has realised and does realise is that days like the day he had on Sunday, he will have equally as many bad days.

"It comes with the territory as a centre-forward. There will be good spells and bad spells and it's working through those spells."

Carroll, who was watched on Sunday by Fabio Capello's right-hand man Franco Baldini, had been touted for a call-up to the senior squad, although his club manager knows that will only come as a result of sustained performance at club level.

Hughton said: "Where he is at this particular moment as regards England, that, of course, is for others to make that decision.

"The most important thing for us is that he is performing for Newcastle United, and he certainly couldn't have started the season any better than he has."

Carroll's influence to date this season may persuade Hughton to rest him for tonight's Carling Cup second-round trip to Accrington Stanley ahead of Saturday's league visit to Wolves. "It is also an opportunity to play a lot of the players who have been on the fringes.

"We have to look at some of our young players and this competition fits very well into that."