John Carver – I Was Brave At Palace

It seems that Newcastle still have to manage Papiss Cisse’s knee condition, but John Carver has said today it’s difficult to leave the Senegal striker out of the side,  with him scoring so many goals for us  this season – 10 Premier League goals in only 17 appearances.

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Papiss Cisse header goes in at Selhurst Park

This is what John Carver has said today about the 29 year-old Senegal striker:

“He’s got this issue with his knee. We have to maintain that and look after him properly.” “If he keeps scoring goals then he has to be in the team.”

“I stuck Papiss Cisse in – I was brave to play two strikers away from home, but he’s a fox in the box.” 

John seems to be trying to write his own headlines there, in saying he was brave to play two strikers away from home – it’s a pity we didn’t play two of them at home last Sunday against Stoke.

Papiss had some metal pins put into his knee in the summer to strengthen it and assist in the healing, after he fractured his knee cap in April, and those pins have been causing him some discomfort this season.

It hasn’t affected his goal scoring prowess however, and this is what Papiss Cisse has said today on the Newcastle web-site:

““I’m happy with 10 goals so far.”Every time I go on the pitch I try to score and I always believe that I can score goals for my team.”

“I don’t care about a nice goal, a far out goal, a header, a tap-in – a goal is a goal and they all help the team.”

“As long as the ball goes in, I am happy.” “I have ten now and this one helped the team take a point from a very tough game.”

Papiss is having a good goal scoring season, and in 104 total appearances for Newcastle since he joined us three years ago from SC Freiburg, he’s scored 40 goals.

That includes 32 in the Premier League, so that’s not a bad record after scoring only four goals in 26 appearances last season.

We hope Papiss can keep fit through the rest of the season because with this player on the field Newcastle can score at any time.

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98 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Fair point John. You WERE, but then retreated in to your shell with fear of the mighty Palace.

    Still, I have no qualms with you good sir, now bring us the head of your leader and we shall leave in peace.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2


    are you a member of nust?

  • Harley

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    There he goes again, talking himself up.
    God I can’t wait until summer when this is all over.

  • hibbit

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    harley it won’t end in the summer it’s his job to lose

  • croftus5678

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    we always knew we needed a striker in the window and sadly river is one of those not going to make it players sadly by the looks of it !

    we are playing with 1 accomplished striker in cisse and are lucky perez has hit it off better than he should have done but in the real world perez should be 3rd striker with him new to league and still learning his possition.
    instead he’s been our main striker for a good chunk !

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry, repost:

    I’m not sure I agree with that, it seems they need one more body in there. Like Abeid. I wonder if the new coach will try a Liverpool. Something like,

    Krul, Jan, Colo (or new), Haidi, Abeid (or Anita), Siss, Colb, Cabs, Perez, CF (or Cisse), Ameobi.

    One of those 3 reverting to 4 back when we’re under pressure.

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #7

    How much has River played? Think he deserves a chance, still. A couple of wins to make it safe – where from 🙂 and then I would like to see some ‘experiments’. Even if we get thrashed a couple times – hey, we’re used to that 😉

  • one fine day

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Agree and I think Perez has already been over used this year due to our lack of options .I just hope we arn’t scratching our heads over another injury to our young players before we get to the end of this now pointless season . Once safe I say unlike last where we used remy,a player on his way,we need to give every squad player a few games to prove themselves and compete for a place for next season and if found short need moving on.
    I also think as harsh as it seems de Jong ,a player I rate highly,needs to have a like for like replacement brought in as well as the obvious other needs.
    We just cannot go into next year pinning our hopes on one guy who if he breaks down this side of Christmas then what? Season over again?
    With number 10 play makers if both fit we can rotate and lessen the chance of injury to both.
    Mind you all the above goes out the window for the mackums away .
    For that we put our best eleven as it’s sadly the closest we will get to a ” cup final” this season

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9


  • one fine day

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Was typing mine as you posted
    Honest like 🙂
    As for experiments we have nothing to loose other than pride and our salad dodging supremo has ensured there’s not much of that around

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    If Brave is the definition of stupid I’d agree, it was also brave to play Sissoko and Colback in CM.

    Pass back and dobbin will not doubt start in cm against Citeh to

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Will no doubt

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    You elaborated well and I agree we should give all a run. Who knows, there may be a Perez in there.

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Brave and stupid are often synonymous mate 😉

    When it comes off it’s great brave, when not it’s dumb brave.

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Still, I think Siss and Col are brilliant players. With the right coaching, if we keep them, they’ll shine. They just need help, two player in the mid don’t work for us.

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Sounds about right, I did say weds night match was dumb vs dumber.

  • geordie157

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #17

    it would be nice to give Riviere a run of games to see if he’s up to it. Dummett at centre back instead of Colo too.

    Also want to see Abeid get more games as i think the more he plays the better he’ll become, plus i think he has the potential to be a better box to box player than Sissoko, bit more like Rob Lee used to be.

    Easing Satka or Good into the line up once we are safe would give them a chance to impress.

    Not saying all at once but between now and the end of season there’s enough games to give the youngsters/fringe players a chance.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Alasdair Bell General Counsel / Director of Legal Affairs at UEFA- has written to NUST to say (reading between the lines )
    1 Who the hell are you ?
    2 What the hell has it got to do with you ?
    3 You’re asking for a ruling on circumstances which don’t exist
    4 And to cap it all you have written to the wrong section of UEFA
    Bye now

  • one fine day

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #19

    All for that but I’d keep colo in with dummet
    Williamson needs cutting out.
    And if we bringing good /Satka them I,d be more comfortable with his experience alongside them.
    Now where’s toon brother? Is he still at selhurst park looking for the loose change he lost ?

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Agree except Dummett for Willo not Colo
    After playing OK in the previous couple of games Willo reverted to “rabbit in the headlights syndrome at times , at CP “

  • Wayayman

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Funny that, Carver, as it looked to most of us that Perez was playing on the left of a midfield 5 for a lot of the game.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #22

    The poor kid was all over the place because Cisse is a crap footballer – good goal poacher – crap footballer.
    For me , and I know it’s a very subjective issue , Rivere should have started and , Cisse brought on as an impact player ,when defenders are tiring and his lack of footballing skill isn’t such an issue.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #23

    If QPR bring in Paul Clement during the summer, I will be very disappointed. As it will be another opportunity of progressing squandered for the lack of investing properly.

  • geordie157

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #24

    lack of caffeine this morning, i meant Dummett in for Wilo.

    Is the loan window open now? Will be interesting to see if Armstrong gets loaned out, Hughton was apparently interested.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #25


    Not saying Cisse is now the ultimate team player, but there has been signs of improvement. Not getting caught off side, coming deeper to get the ball and passing it off, holding off defenders and controlling the ball. Plus his goals to minutes can not be ignored, although as you say he has accomplished that through coming on at the end of games.

  • one fine day

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #26

    Especially after all the pater he came out with about staying in Spain to gain experience etc
    Maybe he feels starting in the championship is less pressure
    Another who was flattered by the interest ,said some nice stuff about us but distanced himself quickly yet clearly had not even been approached

  • geordie157

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #27

    Cisse is a good poacher but his all round play is poor. If we had an owner who splashed a bit of cash i’d happily see two quality strikers come in and let Cisse move on.

    We could do with a Benteke or Kane type of striker or even an Austin as he’s a poacher but he brings more to the team overall.

    Big summer ahead, chance for Ashley and co to get the right man in and coaching team otherwise it will carry on being mid table in no-mans land for another 3-5 years.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #28

    If Carver is not going to do something too different then against ManC he should play a physical 442:

    Or Tiote at DM if fit

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #29

    I was just idly daydreaming about the Toon and days past the other day.
    The situation at the moment in contrast to last time a manager jumped ship mid-season which was Keegan January 1997.
    Fat Freddy appointed Dalglish straight away , a bad move as Kenny’s head was still in bits over Hillsbro.
    If instead he’d hung on and appointed Terry Mac as caretaker until the summer and then gone all out for the guy a lot of us had been begging for , SBR , from Barcelona ( he was kicked upstairs at the Nou Camp that June and van Gaal brought in )
    He would have arrived younger and with Mourinho as his assistant and we would have avoided Dalglish Sounes and Gullit .
    Life is full of missed opportunities – SIGH!!!!!

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 13, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #30


    Would that have made us the CL winning Porto?

  • one fine day

    Feb 13, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Cheers Jeff
    If I thought I was depressed after the other night your last post has me now putting Samaritans on speed dial .
    Also recall reading SBRwas suggesting to shepherd that he had the ideal man to come in and seamlessly replace him as coach. A young Portuguese guy he had worked with.
    Shepherd rejected the idea as he wanted a manager with a higher profile and oh lord have we had them since 🙁

  • one fine day

    Feb 13, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #32

    Anyways I’m sure ed will soon be along with the latest on who we are “tracking” and lift my spirits to dizzy heights again 🙂

  • lesh

    Feb 13, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #33


    I think it’s fair to say that NUST’s letter to UEFA got the response we were all expecting and you can bet your boots that Ashley’s legals’ll make sure he’s watertight in what he does to either or both of Rangers and NUFC.

    It strikes me that it may be a good idea if NUST started to raise the question of owners like Ashley who appear to be failing in not delivering their side of the implied bargain with fans. Fans generally attend matches to cheer their chosen team on to success with a real aim.of offering serious competition for titles and trophies – a commitment to try to win things subject to sensible financial management of course.

    In other words, owners like Ashley really ought to be exposed for their cynical exploitation of supporters’ good will.

    The legal term ‘bad faith’ comes to mind when he appears to be hell-bent on maximising the return on his investment to the benefit of Sports Direct and its subsidiaries and associated companies, and minimising any investment of revenues in the playing and coaching side of the Club – the nett effect being that fans are encouraged to spend on season tickets and merchandise (invest in the Club) when he season’s going to be over by December each year. In other words, fans are being duped, conned but the difficulty would be proving it as Ashley and his cronies do not aspire to or claim to want to achieve anything more than at least 10th place.

    Ashley’s got fans over a barrel, legally watertight I’d guess so the only way to get at him and his cynicism is via the media – exposing him as one whose sole interest in owning Newcastle United is profit.

    Any campaign needs serious thought with the input of experts in legal, strategic and media affairs – laymen haven’t a cat in hell’s chance of mounting a serious challenge to his cynicism.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 13, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #34


    exposing him as one whose sole interest in owning Newcastle United is profit.
    exposing him as one whose sole interest in owning Newcastle United is making the club profitable.

    That hardly demonises him

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 13, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Jeff…we have this saying in Denmark “Den der gemmer til natten, gemmer til katten”!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 13, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #36

    In german
    “In der Nacht sind alle Katzen grau”
    Different words same sentiment

  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 13, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #37

    We should’ve signed Brahimi from Rennes for £3m. He’s valued at £40m now.

  • AncientC

    Feb 13, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Yes, the “bravery” of Carver in the Palace game cannot be denied. A true Knight of the North East.

  • AncientC

    Feb 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #39

    “I don’t care about a nice goal, a far out goal, a header, a tap-in – a goal is a goal and they all help the team.”

    Ah, beautiful footballing Philosophy from Carver.

    It is not just a game to Carver, it is an art form.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 13, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Where do you get your figures ?
    Rennes sold him to Granada for Euro 4million about 3 years ago
    Granada sold him to Porto for Euro 6.5million last July
    A six times hike in value in less than 6 months – I think not


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