We suppose it was to be expected that coach John Carver and the players would come out and say things are going to get a lot better after the embarrassment at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday, and it will all start to improve at St. James’ Park on Saturday against 2nd bottom Aston Villa.
John Carver – actions speak louder than words
Newcastle basically surrendered last Saturday, and we ended up on the wrong side of a 5-0 hammering, after gifting City a penalty after just 28.45 seconds – and things only got worse after that. 🙁
It could have been a lot worse if Manchester City had really wanted to score more goals in the second half – but thankfully they eased off after being 5-0 up after only 53 minutes.
And yet if you listen again to the John Carver press conference on Thursday, Newcastle fans had every right to expect a strong Newcastle showing, after 10 days of preparation for this one match.
But we got none of that – just another embarrassment.
And it’s all starting up again this week with players like Sissoko coming out and apologizing for the display and promising better things in the next game.
John Carver has said he will continue to reach for perfection in each of the final 12 league games of the season.
But we remember that same scenario being played out six years ago in 2009, in the second half of the 2008-2009 relegation season, when we told things would get better, but all that happened is we would lose again in the next game.
In other words it was all talk with players and coaches telling us exactly what we all wanted to hear.
What we’d like to see is the players and John Carver and his coaches doing their talking on the field – and give us not only a good spirited display on Saturday afternoon, but a win too against Villa.
That would have us on 35 points and 13 points ahead of Villa with only 11 games to play, and we’d have something to celebrate.
The last thing we want is to start next Sunday morning with another round of apologies and how we’ll do a lot better against Manchester United the following Wednesday evening.
The Newcastle United team need to do their talking on the field and spare us the speeches – and the blushes come to think of it.
John Carver should put a poster up in the dressing room “Actions speak louder than words” – that might help.
A win is what we all need on Saturday.
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