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Andy Carroll writes emotional message after getting sent off for disallowed goal

Andy Carroll writes an emotional message on social media after getting sent off for a disallowed goal in Reading’s draw against Luton Town.

The 34 year old thought he extended the hosts’ lead on Wednesday but was given marching orders instead.

Reading remain in the Championship‘s bottom three, but they managed to hold on for an important point against Luton who had their slim hopes of automatic promotion all but dashed though secured a place in the playoffs.

Andy Carroll was able to find space and power in a near post header after Tyrese Fornah’s inswinging corner as the Royals went ahead early in the second-half.

The ex-England striker thought he doubled his lead moments later, but he was given a second yellow for handling the ball into the goal.

Luton was rewarded for its pressure late in the game when Elijah Adebayo’s header looped into the air, and Carlton Morris swung himself at the ball, forcing it over the goal line.

The draw extends Luton’s unbeaten run in the league to 11 games, but it leaves them seven points behind second place Sheffield United who will be promoted to Premier League if they beat West Brom next Wednesday.

Should Luton lose to Middlesbrough, who are currently fourth in the table, on Monday at home, their slim chances of automatic promotion may be over before then.

Reading are in 22nd position, one point behind QPR and Huddersfield with three games remaining.

Andy Carroll wrote in a post on Instagram: “I’m The First Person To Accept When I’m Wrong.

“Tonight, Not Only Have I Let Myself Down But I’ve Let My Teammates And The Fans Down With An Unintentional Handball.

“The First Couple Of Seconds When The Ball Went In It Was Just An Automatic Reaction To Celebrate, But I Knew It Hit My Hand. I’m Devastated.

“It Was An Absolute Graft From The Lads From That Moment On And The Lads Played Out Of Their Skin To Get Us A Point.

“Thanks Again For All Your Support 💙”

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Hatters boss Rob Edwards said he wants the whole club to celebrate achieving a playoff place with three games to spare.

“I’m really proud of the lads in there tonight,” said the manager after Carlton Morris’ 19th goal of the season pegged the Royals back after former England striker Andy Carroll had given them the lead early in the second half, before being sent off for picking up a second yellow card.

“I know the sending off changed the game to give us probably then complete domination and control, they still obvious retained a threat on the counter attack, but I felt with 11 men, especially in the first half, I thought we were really good, really dominant, had loads of control.

“It was similar to Saturday, we were really building up and it looked like the goal was coming. We created some really big chances, unfortunately we couldn’t get one before half-time.

“The goal we conceded, Andy Carroll’s been doing that for years, at the highest level as well. There was a little block, he gets away and we conceded from a corner. It’s something for us to look at and be better from, but the lads, they just never give up, never give up.

“I’m really pleased with everyone out on the pitch, but then the changes really gave us a fresh impetus and some new ideas, a little bit more creativity in certain aspects of the pitch.

“It was a great cross from Bez, Eli was really brave and Carlton was in the right place at the right time, so a fantastic equaliser.

“We went in search of the winner, couldn’t quite get it, but I think it’s a great night for the football club, I really do. We’ve guaranteed a play-off spot with three games to go.

“Of course we wanted to win the game, we’ll still keep our foot down and try to keep winning every game, but we’ve got to celebrate this as well tonight.”

Reading temp boss Noel Hunt said: “Where do I start? I thought we started the game really well. We controlled the first 20 minutes and, because of Femi being positive down the right, we had a good chance to take the lead.

“Then we got a little bit anxious, stopped doing the things that had brought us success. What we were doing was working but we have to stay in that mindset. But we sat too deep with our wingers and that caused us problems.

“We spoke at half-time about it, and we started really well at the start of the second half. We were playing forward, being positive – and from good play, we earn a corner and Andy gets a great header.

“We were in control of the game. Then two minutes later, Andy goes with his head and it hits his hand and it goes in…I don’t think it was intentional.

“I get that he celebrated, I would probably have done the same myself. He went and spoke to the referee at the end and asked if he hadn’t celebrated, would it have made any difference – and the ref said he would still have sent him off.

“He will be a massive loss. But we have boys who will come in and now they have to do a job. He’ll stay in and around the group and stay positive, because that’s the kind of guy he is.

“After that, it was about digging in, looking at where we could plug the gaps. We got a bit of energy on the pitch in Kelvin and Mamadi, both who showed great intensity, great legs out there to keep them at bay.

“Then their goal, we probably should have stopped the cross. But they get lucky with the deflection dropping where it drops. And it’s 1-1.

“Then, with the game level, let’s see what we’ve got. And I thought we stood up to the challenge really well.

“We were magnificent in terms of our shape, how aggressive we were, on the counter we even had a couple of chances to score – Mama has a good chance to get in the box but he opts to pass it instead, Kelvin had a shot from distance…we had a couple of chances to hurt them again.

“We were at home, we wanted to win the game – that’s what we had talked about. So I’m gutted. But to stay in it with ten men and take a point, it has to be a good point.”

Fans reacted as Andy Carroll writes a emotional message after getting sent off for his disallowed goal…

@sinky72: Who does he think he is, Maradona? 😁

@lpatz80: Wonder how long it would have taken the meddlers with VAR to come to the right decision? If at all?

@AllenjaAllen: It’s becoming an embarrassment in our game , the cheating players are ruining our game , then blame it on bad officials. Time we called this out for what it is ‘Cheating’ .

@ollie_rfc: That is shocking! Was in a Yellow to. Why do that Carroll. Team did well to hold on for 35 mins. 3 games to go. #urzzz

@longlaneroyal: Don’t understand what Carroll was thinking. Such a good, unhindered run so why didn’t he simply head it in?

@ltfckieren: What on earth made him think he’s getting away with that? 😂😂😂

@LTFC_Gaz: What on earth is going through his mind to do that on a yellow, might have scored the first goal but he let his team down last night.

@jamiebarrow95: Hand of Carroll

@Steviep1871: Outrageous what a prick

@lambeyyy1871: How has he not meant that 😂 silly and could have cost us 2 points come end of the season 👍🏻 #readingfc

@Reading106: “Unintentional” 🙄

@OakRoadHatter: Speechless.

@tablefloor: No accident. Moronic decision.

@alisterrfc1: Oh Andy 😭 #readingfc

@skybluelouis_: Needs a lesson off Ben wilson

@Zinjenk0: Looked like a header from where we were sat but this shows it was an obvious handball 🤦🏻‍♂️

@tobylewisrfc: Already on a yellow and thinks he can get away with that bench him for the rest of the season #readingfc

@Orrgarde: Decision-making is not the best #ReadingFC

@DeanBennett1993: @AndyTCarroll what an absolute idiot- you may have just cost this club championship football. Most experienced player and you do that. Let everyone down tonight . Fool

@RDeGGhead: What the actual fuck is this. 😐

@JRfc1871: Blatant handball

Don’t understand why a player with his experience, already walking a tight rope having been booked prior to this would’ve even considered handling the ball.

@RDeGGhead: What the actual fuck is this. 😐

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