Newcastle’s head coach John Carver is trying to get the players to recover from the hiding we took at Manchester City last time out, when we had our heaviest defeat of the season, 5-0 at Manchester City when we made them look like word-beaters.
John Carver – 6 points from seven league games
The truth though was that Newcastle were simply hopeless, and that was after a full 10 days of preparation for the match.
So there were really no excuses for such a pathetic display.
This is what John Carver has told BBC Newcastle:
“The one thing about this situation is in life you’re going to get days like Man City.” “It’s how you deal with it.”
“I’m quite a positive guy. I’ll pick the bones out of this and I will take some responsibility because I’m part of the team and that dressing room.”
“But what I won’t have is anyone back biting or anyone sniping.” “My character won’t allow that to happen,” “We had problems and they have some world-class players and sides come here better than us, with all respect, and take a hiding.”
“The one thing about this group of players is they won’t give up.” “They were just better than us, passed it better, were better organised and I take a bit of responsibility for that.”
“I think I have learned when you come up against good sides how they overload the outside of the pitch and we found that difficult.” “At times there was two or three bodies up against our full-backs and it was difficult to deal with.”
“I know how difficult it is to win points in the Premier League and the points we have got over the last few weeks have been crucial points”
“And there’s plenty of points to play for and I will do everything I can in my means to put that right.”
John Carver’s inexperience as a manager has showed up quickly, and he has one win and three draws in his seven league games in charge, so we suppose that’s what he means by crucial points.
If we had lost all seven league games we would still be in 15th place on 26 points, which is what we had after 19 games when Alan Pardew left, but we’d still be one point above Sunderland.
So they may be crucial points but we are now 4 points behind 10th placed Stoke and 5 points behind 9th placed Swansea, so that gap has widened and our goal difference is a lot worse than those two clubs too.
It looks like finishing in the top ten is looking to be very difficult unless we can start putting some wins on the board.
In John’s time in charge over the last eight games in all competitions, we have had the biggest win of the season, 3-0 at Hull City, and the biggest defeat of the season, 5-0 at Manchester City.
We need to beat second bottom Aston Villa at home on Saturday – that’s really the bottom line for what needs to be done now.
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