Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Craig's Peace of the Action

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Craig's Peace of the Action

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Byline: By Alan Oliver

Craig Bellamy scored a magnificent solo goal as Newcastle United strolled through 3-0 against Real Mallorca - and then revealed that first-team coach John Carver was the first to congratulate him after the game.

Bellamy went into last night's UEFA Cup tie as one of United's substitutes and under a cloud, angry at the "unjust" allegations which had been made against him.

But those clouds were swept away as the fiery Welsh dragon scored one of the best, if not the best, goals of his United career.

Bellamy and Carver were involved in a bust-up on Tuesday before the United squad flew to Palma and when I suggested it was payback time for the adverse headlines, the 24-year-old striker was having none of it.

Speaking for the first time about the incident, a clearly emotional Bellamy told me after the match: "There is nothing to pay back because I have done nothing wrong.

"All I have done is have an argument with a working colleague just like thousands of other people in this country do every day, and you have just got to shake hands and get on with it.

"As it happens, I like John Carver. He's a great bloke and I am sure the feeling is mutual. He was the first one to congratulate me on my goal and I would not have expected anything else.

"Yes, we had a disagreement because sometimes the pair of us speak first without thinking, but it has all been blown out of proportion. …

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