It was a bit of a surprise when Remy Cabella was the man substituted when John Carver brought on Gabby Santon for his first game since 1st November, when he was injured against Liverpool.
Heartbreaker – Peter Crouch’s late equalizer
And it was clear he was not happy at the substitution, and the crowd wasn’t too pleased either.
But you cannot have little displays of frustration and childishness on the bench – which is what happened – when Remy threw a water bottle down to signal his anger at being taken out of the game.
This is what John Carver said about that display of petulance after the game to talkSPORT:
“You don’t do that – not with this group of people, you have to respect everybody. Everybody has to be patient for their chance. If you have to come off and somebody else goes on then don’t be disrespectful to your team-mates.”
“The important thing is we are working as a group, not 11 players. It’s a squad of 22 or 23 players.” “It’s important they know that.” “We have a young group of players out there coming from different cultures.”
“You have to understand in this league that you have to go to the last minute. You have to see out games.” “We do concede one or two late goals and it’s not good enough – we need to look at it.”
“There’s no reason for it other than switching off and losing concentration.” “We are in good physical condition and there’s not a problem with the condition of the guys – it’s just a mental thing and we need to address it.”
It was all looking like it was going to be another three great points for Newcastle with 5 minutes to go, but then some warning signs.
Gabby Obertan and then Ayoze Perez both missed golden opportunities when the score was 1-0, following an excellent go ahead goal after 74 minutes from Jack Colback.
And Newcastle were punished for their misses when Peter Crouch scored the equalizer on 90 minutes, when it looked like we had put on a professional performance, and had a second successive win within our grasp.
It wasn’t just two points lost – it was two points thrown away.
Now the lads will have to regroup and take all 3 points at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night – a defeat in that game would not be good.
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