John Carver has rather surprisingly spoken out today about those who are saying the Manchester City game is the first real test of the season for Newcastle.
John Carver – bemoans lack of respect
Newcastle are 3rd top of the Premier League with 25 points from their first 11 games, and have so far played only one top six side in the league this season – Tottenham.
But in the next three league games Newcastle will play three of them, the two top clubs Manchester City and Manchester United, and Chelsea who are one place behind Newcastle in 4th position.
Those three clubs have spent big big money in building up their sides, with Chelsea and Man City being the biggest football club spenders ever, and that is different from the way Newcastle have built up their side, where no huge transfer fees have been paid out for their players.
Newcastle have not only won seven of their eleven games and drawn the other four, but have also played very well this season, and have the best defensive record of any club in the football league, with only 8 goals conceded in their 11 games.
But John Carver, Newcastle’s Assistant manager, does not agree that this will be Newcastle’s first test this season, and says the team should be gaining more respect:
“People are talking about these being our ‘real tests’ coming up but every game in the Premier League is a ‘real test.'”
“A lot of people are being disrespectful by saying we have not played anyone yet.” “For me that is disrespectful to our players, our staff and the other teams that we have faced as well.”
“It gets my goat when people say we have been lucky or the decisions have gone for us.” “When you actually analyse our results, we have picked up wins from games where we did not pick up wins or points from last year.”
“We went to Wolves and won – Newcastle United never seem to get anything there.” “We played QPR just after they had made new signings and you see from Chelsea and Manchester City going there how difficult they are to play at home.”
“I don’t care if people think this is our big test or not, we can go to Manchester City and enjoy ourselves. We have earned the right to go there unbeaten and that means we can go there and play our own game.”
“So far we have done OK. We are not getting carried away and we are not going over the top.” “We just have to keep working at the same rate we have been so far this season.”
“If we allow ourselves to relax or we take our foot off the pedal we will be punished.” “The secret has been hard work – we have to keep that going.”
A lot of these statements are being made about Newcastle to pump up the game, which is between two of the three unbeaten sides in the football league, with Lee Clark’s ‘ Huddersfield Town being the only other unbeaten side.
There’s one way for Newcastle to gain the respect of the football world a week on Saturday, and that is to go to the Etihad Stadium and beat Manchester City.
That would do it – we’re sick of all this talking – actions speak louder than words. 😀
Howay The Lads!!