John Carver Misses Big Chance

Newcastle played well in the first half yesterday and we deserved our 2-1 half time lead, even though we gifted them a goal when Paul Dummett somehow headed the ball over Jak Alnwick and into the goal four minutes after Steven Taylor had put us ahead with a nice headed goal from a corner.

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John Carver – disappointed yesterday

And at the beginning of the second half Burnley hit the post within two minutes of the half starting – that was a sign of things to come. and they had also hit the woodwork in the first minute of the game.

In fact they hit the woodwork four times in the game and cam form behind three times to get a point.

And Burnley pretty much  dominated the second half as Newcastle were very poor and looked disorganized at the back, and at the end caretaker manager John Carver thought that Newcastle were lucky  even to get the draw.

And it doesn’t say much for Newcastle that we struggled so much against a side that is second  bottom of the league and have only 3 wins in their 20 league games – although they have been playing very well of late.

We should be beating these sides at home, but the nature of that second half was such that it has to be  worrying.

Add to that the fact that we have lost Steven Taylor for the season with a ruptured Achilles after an hour, and it’s going to put a focus on our lack of coverage at center-back – we now only have two experienced center backs – Colo and Willo available – for the rest of the season.

And we have been short of a striker all season and out our two experienced goalkeepers have been out for the last six game too and we have leaked 17 goals. and won only one game.

Our squad is simply short in  a number of areas, and the minimum we need in January are a striker and a center-back brought in, but we may not be close enough to relegation for frugal owner Mike Ashley to fork out the money.

Maybe if we were  lower down the table there would be more reasons for him to bring some players in this month, but maybe that’s why Alan Pardew finally left the club – because he had been told that there would be no money available this month.

John Carver will probably not have many chances to prove he is the right man for the job, and yesterday wasn’t good in terms of either the performance or the result.

We looked a poor side in that second half.

Maybe we can get a win at Leicester City tomorrow, but they had a good result yesterday by drawing 2-2 at Liverpool – so that game will not be easy.

Should John Carver Be The Head Coach At Newcastle?

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12 comments so far

  • kilbane

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Own goals always puts d team in bad positions and that’s what happened. We should av won. Goffy looses concentration most times when we’re on d defensive. Perhaps, Sameobi could have played. Reviere??! I’d rather play Vucick up front. Its time for change.

  • firebug666

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #2

    I vote a resounding NO!

    Carver is not what we need, in fact he should join the inept one at Palace.

    We need to freshen things up with a new manager who knows how to coach the players and set up the team to play to their strengths.

    They way Carver run the team yesterday was nothing short of abysmal. Conceding three very poor goals from a defence that seemed to have left the game early.

    Tiote was terrible, and should have been taken off, and the substitution were just mind boggling.

    If Carver gets the job it will be the last straw for me, and the fans should be ready to go to war with Ashley.

  • cyprus

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m the guy who gave him the sympathy vote 🙂

    On the team: So last 6 games conceded almost 3/game! Impressive. Must say, despite the posts, we should not have conceded 3 yesterday. Our first half should’ve had us out of sight.

  • Slank

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Lets all get behind Carver didn’t last very long.

  • JDdubai

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Sammy is injured.

    Think this was Carver’s chance to get the fans on his side and show he saw PArdew’s madness.

    But still we had Dummett at LB instead of Haidara, still Gouffy played, still we cannot put even 70 mins of good football together in 1 match.

    Change is needed. Also cannot see what the issue Pards and Carver have with Haidara – can defend, has pace, can attack – only fearful people would choose Dummett’s all defence-no attack over it.

    This is why so much comes down the right through Janmaat, our Left side is closed. If we had Janmaat and Haidara both offering the width and a threat then it would allow the wide attackers to come inside, link the play and not leave the CF isolated as much.

    anyway, change needed for me.

  • firebug666

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #6


    To be fair I never wanted to get behind him, I just don’t think he is the man for the job.

    I am worried about Ashley though, his penny pinching is exactly why Carver will be installed.


    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #7

    new mamager plzzz with big reputation

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #8

    We need a total make over!

    …and frankly how often does end well when a club promote from with in. For me it only seem to do so either for a short period of time or if it is part of a design (like at Swansea )

    I would like one of the young breed that likes to bring young players through but doesn’t care whether or not they are a Geordie and that actually have a game plan / vision.

    And the club needs to adopt that…I have no idea where this club is going and what it has been doing for the past 7 years.

  • Slank

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Carver is a coach, he isn’t a manager.

    Carver would not be the first coach to fail as a manager. Brian Kidd is probably the best example of an excellent coach but terrible manager.

    Steve McClaren is possibly the exception.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Calmed down a bit from yesterday
    played well first half should of had more goals bossed the game
    second half ABSOLUTE FARCE – garbage, crap couldn’t string two passes together lost the plot and played hoofball – and the substitutions from the Chuckle Brothers and the tactics we employed. I thought Riviere was having a decent game and linked up well with Perez playing a lot of one two’s off each other causing Burnley problems. Once Armstrong came on he and perez were totally isolated and we ended up humping long balls up to the shortest player on the pitch.
    Alnwick OK 5 merit marks – but should of kept the last goal out like the rest of goalkeepers lack communication with the defence
    Dummett 4 had a stinker at fault for first gaol – first thing you are taught is do NOT pass the ball back towards the goal but to the side
    Colocinni 5 looked slow and ponderous got bullied by Barnes
    Taylor 6 had a steady game and scored FROM A CORNER!!
    Janmaat 7 best of a bad bunch at the back but left exposed at the back when went forward.
    Tiote 1 and lucky to get 1 – give the ball away from the first minute to the last
    Sissoko 8 tried his best but overdid in the second half – but got no help from rest of team.
    Colback 7 had excellent first half but disappeared second half
    Gouffran 6 Did nothing wrong but did nothing special iether
    Riviere 7 Did well first half but faded second half linked up well with Perez would like to see both of them given a chance to play together.
    Perez 9 Star man ran all game movement off and on the ball excellent. keeps the ball, brilliant at turning on the ball and setting up play created 3rd goal.
    subs Armstrong 3 thats for coming on the pitch – never had a chance – isolated long hoofballs to him no good – needs ball on deck.
    Williamson 4 did OK
    Hiadara 2 poor caught caught in possession all to often – give the ball away.
    Chuckle Brothers 3 first half set up good played well second half did not understand tactics and substitutions – Riviere should of stayed on subbed Tiote for Cabella and dropped Goufran back to defensive midfield

    Oh and the crowd
    Great attendance 51,000 plus with no public transport,
    Atmophere not bad but that was due to the Burnley supporters who could be heard all game – best away supporters so far this season.
    TOON support OK but quite for to long a periods but the football dished up second half did not help

  • perezthenewtorres

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #11

    The first game without pardew and we score from a corner.

  • ZIPPIE57

    Jan 2, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #12

    spot on Charlie,would have swapped Cabella for Gouffran though


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