It’s hard to fault John Carver for the enthusiasm he is showing in taking over the head coach job temporarily until the summer, but results are what are important and wins are what will propel Newcastle up the league table.
A great goal by Papiss Cisse brilliantly set up by Daryl Janmaat
And it was fairly obvious last night that one Crystal Palace equalized John was more worried about preserving a point than going for the win.
Of course losing to Crystal Palace, who are now managed by Alan Pardew, would have been very hard to take – but to be successful you also have to be positive and show courage – and go for it.
If you don’t buy the ticket you don’t win the lottery, and by the same token if you don’t try to win a game you’ll not get the 3 points.
John now has 6 points in the six league games he has managed one thing that is fairly obvious is the defense seems much more compact and steady now, but we still need to be more resilient and not conceding late goals when we are in a winning position.
This is what John said after the match last night:
“We see how difficult it is to win games in the Premier League. I’ve now had six games and we have lost two out of six.
“This is my glass being half full. We’ve lost two games, one to the potential champions Chelsea, and one to Southampton late on, who were third at the time.”
“They are two difficult games. I am really positive.” “We have a break this weekend and I am going to give the guys a few days off.” “Their focus and concentration has been first class.”
“Everything I have asked them to do, they have done for me.” “You can see that a group of players who do have ability but are certainly working for the cause.”
“They are working for the club, the badge and the fans. That’s very important. I will give them a few days to recharge their batteries.”
“Let’s not forget that we did have one game less to prepare for Palace. So it does make a difference at this level.”
“The majority of the team were the same one that played last Sunday. So I will give them a few days off.”
But that first sentence reveals something about John – he seems more worried about losing than he is keen about winning – and with 3 points for a win – Newcastle must go for the wins and not be satisfied by draws.
And that’s especially against the teams like Crystal Palace in the lower half of the table.
We’ve only lost two of the six league games John has managed, but we have only won one – and only have 6 points – which is only just above relegation form – and isn’t good.
It’s really all about ambition – and top coaches concentrate on how they can win, and not on how they don’t lose.
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