John Carver has been talking again about the team selection for the game at Filbert Street on Saturday, when he managed to make seven changes from the side that had drawn at Burnley two days before, , and the assistant manager tried to say that was the strongest side he could field, and admitted that Ayoze Perez was the one player fit for the game, but didn’t play because he gave him a rest.
John Carver at the end of the game – booed by Newcastle fans
Just before Leicester City scored their goal after 39 minutes, Remy Cabella had a goal disallowed for offside, but TV replays showed it was onside and should have counted.
John Carver was asked about the offside goal:
“If it hinges on something like that, jobs are won and lost on things like that.” “I’ll not make any bones about it, I want this position. I want to be the head coach of this football club, but you’ve got to get the right results.”
“We’ve had a draw and a defeat, but it could have been a draw and another draw, and take them back to St James’s for a replay.” “One or two of those guys who weren’t available on Saturday might have been available for the replay.”
“We were away from home, with a young side out. There was still some experience in there, and that was the strongest side I could put out because of injuries.”
“We got off to a good start, we were in control of the possession, we didn’t force the play, we got it down and tried to play, tried to do the right things, and we scored a fantastic goal, which we spoke about beforehand.”
“We spoke about catching them on the counter-attack, we opened them up really well and it was really disappointing. It was Nigel Pearson who came to me and he actually said, ‘John, it was onside’.”
“We all know how important the third round of the FA Cup is. We certainly wanted to be in the fourth round. When you get a big decision – and it is a big decision – that goes against you so early on in the game, then it changes the game.”
Newcastle lost this game because of the weak side we fielded.
The only debate is whether the players John left out were all injured or not, and we did have a game a couple of days before an maybe those players suffered knocks that kept them out of the game.
We may see an answer to that when the team is announced on Saturday for the Chelsea game, and if they are all back playing – John will have a hard time convincing people he had in fact played Newcastle’s strongest side.
If say four are still missing, then maybe John was shackled and that was indeed the best team he could play.
It may not have hurt Carver with Lee Charnley, but the fans made their views very clear at the end of the game when they booed both the players and John Carver and John is bottom of the poll of nine candidates for the position of head coach.
It wasn’t the referee who will stop John getting the head coach position at Newcastle – it’s John Carver himself.
What do you think?
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