John Carver – It Was Very Emotional And Quite Incredible

The difference between the two sides today was Newcastle’s extra quality and class,  and the first two goals were just fantastic pieces of skill from 24 year-old Remy Cabella after 40 minutes – his first goal for Newcastle – and from 22 year-old Sammy Ameobi 10 minutes later in the second half – when the Geordie lad hit a magnificent shot from all of 30 yards out that gave goalkeeper McGregor no chance, as it swerved and dipped past the Scottish goalkeeper.

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John Carver – you would think we had just won 3-0 away today

And it was John Carver’s first win in his first five games as caretaker manager, and that will give both John and his players a lot of confidence – and it was also our first clean sheet in 13 games – so there were a lot of positive things coming out of this game.

Did we say it was the biggest win of the season too? 😀

This is what John told BT Sport after the game:

“It was very emotional towards the end when I went across to the fans because a long time ago I was standing there with them and to be on the pitch and to be in charge of this fantastic football club — it was quite incredible.”

“First of all I thought it was a good away performance. I didn’t think there was too much between the two sides, but what stood out to me was the magnificent save by Tim Krul just before we scored.”

“When you’ve got a goalkeeper of his quality, it always gives you a great chance.   Then we go down the other end and get a great goal from Remy Cabella.” “I did say before the game that I wanted our front players — who have got a bit of flair — to excite and chip in with goals and we got that today.”

Hull still had a number of good chances in this game – but they managed to miss every one of them – and unless they can find a way to score goals they could be in trouble this season.

That was the fourth game in a row that Hull have lost without scoring a goal.

For Newcastle the result was more  important than the performance – yet the performance –  especially in the second half – was more than decent.

The result and decent performance should cheer up the Geordie fans – and certainly those at the game today were happy enough, and they sang their hearts out loud and clear throughout the second half in the pouring rain.

Such is happiness.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #1
  • manxpie

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #2

    manxpie // Jan 31, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    totally agree bills wat a waste!

    we all know including the man himself he’ll look back at his career and constantly think “wat if”

    and its not as if he hasn’t been warned or told! real shame but only 1 person to blame

    but then again ya get people who stick up for him or players of that ilk the game has moved on since then massively

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Sammy is a bit of a conundrum he did not have the best of the games but Hull did recognise he is a danger and were not giving him time on the ball this season he has got 2 goals and a couple of assists and can put in good crosses think he suffers because we have not got a striker who is good in the air to just whip it in so often gets caught waiting for support

    What he does do is track back and try and win the ball as does Cabella which is pleasing and our 3 goals were from us winning the ball and turning it around in tight games thats what can get you the win Chelsea and City are great at punishing teams and we punished Hull

    What a goal from him though if that was Ben Arfa or Tiote that had scored that folk would have been creaming their knickers !!!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m drooling at the thought of what SdJong will get out of our players
    Who to drop is the question

  • manxpie

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #5

    santon agree aswell i still think he needs a good run and we’ll see the improvements 2 brilliant finishes and todays was ultra postive

    more than goof does out on the left thats for sure!

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #6


    In saying that its 2 goals in 2 games for Gouffran I think he can still be useful as a sub striker as I always feel that his confidence has taken a dunt playing as left wing back

    Anita played well again some of our best possession and biggest wins have come when he is playing is always available for the pass he is let down by a lack of movement from other players which is why he loses the ball

  • toon kk

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #7

    The only downside was seeing just how much coloccini is past it.
    I thought we put up a decent performance especially in the second half though.

  • bills-son

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m convinced there is a very decent player in Sammy. It’s unusual to have someone of his size on the wing and as he’s got more experience and stronger he is becoming a very difficult player to play against.

    He’s shown with his two goals this season that he’s got a hell of a shot on him and his crossing, although inconsistent, can be brilliant. His diagonal run in the first half to give Jamnat a pass option and the way he pulled their CB out of position for Gouffran’s goal shows the lad has got more than just trickery and a shot up his sleeve.

    He hasn’t made it yet, but he has got a chance, a big chance IMO of becoming a special player.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #9


    Only thing at the moment is he is playing well but other clubs can tap him up just now with his contract running out a few more good goals could see someone else offer him a good deal have the club even offered him a new contract??


    Yeah Colo is all over the place at the moment he is so shaky it causes panic all over as he is supposed to be the calming Willamson as a defender is good its just on the ball he is poor Colo is the opposite he cant seem to defend only thing is has Carver got the guts to drop the captain and play a youngster???

  • lesh

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Jeff from Benwell

    I thought the Sun had finished publishing photos of tits?

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Not great not bad, cracking result and some very promising displays from Anita Cabbela and Haidra who all had arguably their best games today.

    Looking foward to the next match.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Mea culpa mea maxima f………..g culpa
    I was quoting a quote from JC on the BBC website.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #13

    manx’s nightmare today, us winning and palace losing. Love it, just love it.

  • bills-son

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #14


    Sammy needs to be offered a new contract asap.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 31, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #15

    No they haven’t – I saw a picture of Jeremy Clarkson in it the other day

  • gazzaforever

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #16

    We won, Pardew lost, Bruce lost. pretty good day.

  • firebug666

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #17

    I will say this, whilst I am over the moon with the win, and think we played well second half, any other team would have punished us for the mistakes at the back, and Hull might of if they had a bit of luck.

    But the game is about results and we got a good one today, long may it continue.

  • toonbrother

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Well done Carver
    However OMWD

  • brklyngeordie

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Really proud of the lads today..How cool was that by Dummett to sit with the away fans cheers to him…

    And last but not least cant say how happy i was to see Anita play well think he can still be good player for us and think he is better then Tiote i know many may disagree but would w/o doubt move Tiote on feel the MF is in good hands w the likes of Colback, Sissoko, Anita and Abeid

  • toonbrother

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Pure madness Sammy not having a new contract yet
    Wonderful performance once again by him

  • jayphoto

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #21

    @toonbrother no anti coloccini words today? He gave you enough ammunition, was woeful in parts

  • psy

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Lets go Carver Lets Go!Lets go Carver Lets Go!

  • Harley

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #23

    Great performance. Hull just shaded the first half but we looked in a different league to them in the 2nd.

    I went for haidara for motm but cabella and Anita had good games too. In fact thaf was Anita’s best game of the season IMO.

    Coloccini looked awful again after his horror show against Southampton. Maybe dummet/willo is our strongest cb pairing.

    One thing I know is that cb is our “huge” weakness. I honestly don’t think I’m exaggerating by saying we need 3 new CBS at the club.

  • toonbrother

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #24

    @21 jayphoto

    Colo’s woefulness was counterbalanced by the fact
    (1)We won today;
    (2) Cabella broke his scoring duck;
    (3) Sammy scored a scorcher and
    (4) we are 3 points closer to safety

    Even Colocinnni can’t spoil my mood today

  • firebug666

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t think Sammy played that well, his goal was good, and he managed to draw defenders away, but over all he’s not that good a player.

    Two or three decent runs in 90 minutes is not what I would call a wonderful performance.

    He did a lot of running but not much else, scored a great goal and drew a defender away allowing Gouffran to get on the score sheet.

  • Harley

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #26

    On the “no new contract for sammy” debate, I’m gobsmacked he’s not been offered one yet.
    He’s no world beater but a great squad player and even better he’s a Geordie. If he left on a free it would cost 2-3 million to replace him so why not just keep him.

    Players like ameobi, dummet, goufran, Williamson etc are great as squad players. They shouldn’t be first choice but great to have as back up.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Sameobi Is a good squad player to have. He’s decent. Not in cabella league but decent. Aarons and obertan should fight it out on the left, and sameobi is an able deputy for both of them.

    Aarons is still more electrifying because he’s more direct and his pace is terrifying.

  • jayphoto

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #28

    sameobi gives us width and intent. Hes very direct and is awkward style is hard for defenders to fathom. If he was from costa rica or peru hed probably be a cult hero. We sometimes give the geordie lads too hard a time as we hold them up against other geordies like beardo, shearer etc rather than current players.
    Personally think the club should be developing Ameobi into a paolo wachope style striker and improve his aerial ability. At 6’5 he should be a set piece threat

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #29

    And colo had a torrid game. We can’t drop him cos we have no one else. But come summer we should be replacing him.

  • toonbrother

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #30

    @Harley Well said
    I agree with everything you wrote.
    Especially the point on Willo, Gouffy and Sammy being class squad players
    However I feel Dummett is first choice material as a centre back
    Problem is his position is currently being filled by a particularly useless shaggy haired player who shall remain unnamed

  • firebug666

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Aye Coloccini had a very poor game for us today, but on the bright side he was Hulls best player in the second half.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Anita was a classy player today, would have been a different game if he did not save colo

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #33

    I’d offer Sammy two years max.

    IMO still has a lot to prove. May run around a lot but doesn’t do much.

    Look at Cabbela on other wing, stole the ball atleast 5times won a half dozen tackles even covering for Janmatt.
    Caused a nuisance up front, always showed and a constant threat.

    Cabbelas wing performance was head and shoulders above Sammy yet Cabbela isn’t a winger.

  • Big Pappa CissĂ©

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Really needed that win and it was a solid away performance .

    I know Anita gets stick on here, but he was neat and tidy today. Cabella was great as well as he was always wanting to run at Hull’s back four which is why he would be in my team every week .

    But for me Haidara was MOTM and he didn’t put a foot wrong. Bes LB at the club by far IMO .

    Still think Willo is the weak link in the team as we concede possession nearly every time he gets the ball with his chipped long balls. We had a great passing move today until it got to him as he just lumped it up field .

  • toonbrother

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #35

    What people don’t appreciate about Sammy is his fabulous work rate.
    He covers the whole of the left wing ; effectively playing as a left wing back
    Add to that the fact he is a fantastic crosser of the ball and one of our leading players in terms of goals and assists and you have a very valuable squad player indeed

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Great result and from what a hear a much more attack minded performance and an improvement overall. We also kept a clean sheet away from home!! I am still pinching myself.

    Great feeling this I forgot what winning felt like.

    Good to see Arabella score a well taken goal to score his first goal and Sammy is working hard to win a new contract great goal btw.

    Another seems that Carver has given Gouffran more freedom to attack and go forward and he has reponded with 2 goals in 2 games

    So far so good Carver.. Impressed for now, keep it up!

  • toonbrother

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #37

    @ OP
    First of all Cabella’s wing performace wasnt head and shoulders above Sammy’s
    Thats simply untrue
    Nothing came through the right wing in the first half
    All of our forays into the opposing half came through Sammy and Haidara
    Cabella came to life playing through the middle in the final third of the pitch.
    On the wing he constantly lost possession

    Second of all, Cabella is one of the most talented players we;ve had at the club in YEARS. Besides Cabs and HBA none of our players has been on his level in terms of creativity There is really no point discussing Cabella in debate on whether Sammy deserves a new contract

    A more sensible benchmark for Sammy would be people like Gouffran & Obertan. He has outperformed all of these guys in terms of goals and assists

  • Big Pappa CissĂ©

    Jan 31, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Thing looking up (provided no one leaves) as we have a few more players coming back like Abeid, De Jong, Santon and Aarons . De Jong’s creativity is badly needed in the middle of the park.

    Soon we can play :





    —————De Jong————–Perez/Cisse————

    With the likes of

    Santon,Anita,Tiote,Abeid,Sammy,Raylor & Rivierre for the bench .

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 31, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #39


    Sammy excellent crosser and work rate?
    Easily as lazy as his brother 50% of the time and managed 1 cross all game.

    He doesn’t make the right runs off the ball and can’t release it when he does have it.
    His concentration or reading of the game is poor at best.

    Your talking tripe regarding Cabbela losing the ball on the wing, at leat 6 times he disposed the opo winger or full back on the wing to then start play. Sammy also spent majority of the time inside but did nowt. If it wasn’t for his goal people would have said to get him off!!

    I actually like Sammy but am unsure if he should be on wing, he’s to inconsistent and doesn’t apply himself enough IMO.

  • manxpie

    Jan 31, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #40

    rotonda its you who mention pardew more than ever fella
    certainly a hell of a lot more than me since he went!!

    and can you clarify wat you mean by not having ” a performance like that under pardew”??

    as i seen it we were still poor going forward and in the final third we still had quite a bit of luck in the 1st half by not conceding plus we scored 3 goals that weren’t exactly team efforts were they??

    so go on mr “i’ve got coaching badges don’t ya know!!”


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