Kenny Dalglish was pleased his side overcame the "Andy Carroll factor". Alan Pardew said prior to the game the TV picked the fixture to screen because they expected a humiliation for the Geordies. Kenny Dalglish: "After we took the lead they put us under pressure with set-plays and crosses but I thought we coped with it pretty well. "Second half we tightened up a bit and we caught them twice for two goals and I think we deserved to win but it was a difficult game for us. "I didn't expect to get a stroll in the sunshine, we knew they would come here. "With the Andy Carroll factor as well it maybe added some spice for them. "I don't think it (the abuse) will be put to bed. When he goes to St James' next season he will get it again. "He is a young boy but he has broad shoulders. "He's only had a couple of days training so it was best for us to start with other people. "He is here for five years so he will get plenty of opportunity to play games and we will help him get back to fitness and the 20 minutes at the end will have helped him."