John Carver was unlucky and Newcastle were unlucky yesterday not to register our second win in as many games at home to Stoke, and we just have to hope the lads learn from that, and we cannot be losing points late in our home games at St. James’ Park.
John Carver on the sidelines yesterday
John surprisingly took off Remy Cabella after 70 minutes yesterday for Gabby Obertan, and there was some petulance shown by the 24 year-old as he threw his water bottle on the ground – maybe an imitation of a certain Arsene Wenger when things are not going well at Arsenal.
John Carver had his press briefing this morning for the game at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, and he was asked about the incident and this about Remy Cabella:
“All I told him was not to be disrespectful to the guy who’s going on – Gabby Obertan was going on – and don’t be disrespectful because it could be the other way round in the future.”
“I want all our players to be honest and hard-working and do the best for the team, and I just thought at the time it was right to get him off the pitch bearing in mind we had another game coming up.”
“I thought he did really well in the game and was very unfortunate with the headed chance that the keeper made a good save off, and I thought his contribution has been excellent.”
“And I’ve told him that this morning and ‘ve had him in the office this morning and told him he’s been great since I’ve taken over, and you need to continue that just be careful with your reaction.”
Those are good words from John Carver, and a very good way to handle the situation which could have been blown up out of proportion.
So it’s clear from his press conferences what he wants from the players, and he’s very much about the team, and that advice to a young Remy Cabella is spot on – Remy had another good game for us yesterday and that’s very encouraging.
John also said he had a medical report this morning, and everybody in the squad yesterday is fit, although John did mention that sometimes little knocks can crop up about 48 hours after a game.
But hopefully we should be able to field a strong side on Wednesday night and get a win at Selhurst Park.
That’s exactly what we need right now.
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