John’s Doing Good Job – We Can Get Result At Manchester City

Newcastle fans have been frustrated over the last two games at home to Stoke City and at Crystal Palace, when we went ahead in each of the games, but couldn’t hold onto the lead and conceded an equalizer fairly late in each game.

Daryl Janmaat and Alan Pardew Crystal+Palace

Daryl Janmaat – meeting Alan Pardew again

But it seems the players are supporting John Carver, the interim head coach, and certainly our defense has looked more solid of late.

Daryl Janmaat was our Man of the Match on Wednesday night after he brilliantly set up Papiss Cisse’s goal in the 42nd minute and then made a crucial block in the second half of a Wilfried Zaha shot in the penalty area to preserve a point.

This is what the 25 year-old Dutchman has said today about Carver:

“John is doing a good job. He is making everyone sharp and we like him as a coach. For him as a trainer it is nice for him to get the results that he has in the last few matches. We all needed that lift.”

“He was around for the Manchester City game in the cup, he will remember how we did it. The players will too, so we know that we can go and get a result there no matter how they are playing and how good they are.”

“We have shown we can lose to any team in the Premier League, but we have shown we can also defeat any Premier League team this year. It is a very strange year so anything can happen. We just have to go there and try to return with a win to try to get us in the top ten.”

“We want that top ten finish. We can get points from even the big games so we know we can do it, I want that and so do the team. We have done well in the last few games under John and it’s been nice to end that sequence of poor results we had against some difficult teams.”

“It was a difficult game on Wednesday especially in the second half,”  “We were under pressure and I think we can be happy with a draw in the end, even if would have wanted more before kick-off.”

“I know we have let the lead go for two games in a row, but this time I am happier with a point than on Sunday. At Palace we were under pressure in the second half and, if I am honest, then I can live with a draw.

“We want to attack more, but the opposition were at home on Wednesday and it is a lot easier when you are the home team with the crowd behind you to push on.”

“They pressed us back and in the end I think we came away thinking that we defended well to get a point.”

Newcastle are currently 11th in the Premier League but a win in either of the last two games would have us in 9th place above Stoke and Swansea.

John seems to think it’s good not be beaten, but wins are what we need to get those points on the board.

If we had won one and lost one of the last two games we would have collected three points, one point more than we have actually done – even though we were unbeaten.

Daryl Janmaat was our best attacker and best defender on Wednesday night, and while that’s great for the Dutchman, it doesn’t say much for many of our other players.

But on the positive side we have looked more solid and passed the ball around quite well in the last two games, but we haven’t been threatening enough up front.

What do you think?

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12 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Daryl; sounds like you’re reading from the script.

    You are not sharper, if anything it’s the opposite, Lazy passing, lack of movement, no fluidity in play, no football philosophy that anyone can distinguish, no pride in the team (maybe a bit of false pride), no cohesion or belief in the squad, and a serious lack of team work.

    That’s just a few points that we as fans see, there are many more.

    Carver is doing a good job?

    And people say the fans are deluded!

  • firebug666

    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #2


    This paragraph along with the rest of what he has to say is definitely scripted.

    “I know we have let the lead go for two games in a row, but this time I am happier with a point than on Sunday. At Palace we were under pressure in the second half and, if I am honest, then I can live with a draw.

    The thing that jumps out at me is the phrase “if I am honest”….. Sounds very familiar.

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Good points Fire.
    Still, I like the way he said some things, e.g. that we can lose from any team, even beat any team. As we showed vs. the two top teams in the league.
    This is exactly what was happening with AP. I just don’t know which NUFC will show up.
    In the last game, we looked like the worst team in the pl. But vs. Chelsea and Southampton, we ouplayed them for long periods, could’ve won. Go figure.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #4

    John only says he’s been in charge for three games, I wonder if we’d pulled a result against Chelseas he might have been in charge for more !

  • firebug666

    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5


    True mate, one of the main problems I left of the list is our lack of consistency.

    Carver needs to find our best DM pairing, as this is where we start our ball playing from, if it’s behind the DM it just gets hoofed forward, anywhere will do, and we are put under pressure.

    I think that Colback and Sissoko should be dropped to the bench, they have both become complacent of late, and their passing has been very poor.

    Anita and Abied should be given the chance.

  • firebug666

    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #6


    The club think we are idiots, he has been in charge since Everton when the inept one left. He can try to dress it up anyway he likes but in the end he was the man in charge, whether that be as the caretaker or full time makes no difference, same person doing the same job….Badly!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #7

    A letter back from UEFA to the NUST saying that unless ourselves and Rangers both qualify for Europe as yet there is nothing they can do about dual ownership, all he has to do is keep a Carver/Pardew in charge and give them enough to finish 10th/16th and he hasn’t got a problem.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #8

    A letter back from the FA to the NUST basically says as Rangers aren’t in the FA cup there’s nothing they will do about dual ownership. They have already stated that they are satisfied we fielded a full strength team against Leicester !

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #9

    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.

  • hibbit

    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #10

    mr bishop’s script writer hard at work

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s quite surreal that Carver and the players are speaking up and brazenly saying he/they are doing a good job. Do they exist in a different dimension from the rest of us? By the way, did anyone see the King’s post-match interview on the Palace website – the idiot asking the questions says something about “your attacking style”. Hilarious.

  • Roger

    Feb 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #12

    I don`t think that Carver is the right man for this job.
    We loose two points in both games, against Stoke
    and again against Palace. Carver changed the team
    to late in both games. What we need are a couple
    of players for the defense and for the attack.
    And we need an ambitioned coach, who is able to
    talk with Ashley.
    I can`t see a chance of a win or a draw at Man City.
    We must win against Villa at home and it will be very
    difficult against Man United and at least we play
    in Everton, also very difficult.


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