Players Have Been Positive This Week – Just Like Last Week

John Carver gave his press conference yesterday and they seem to follow the same pattern for almost every game,  with the training having been good the previous week, and the players have been positive and are ready for the next match.

john carver in dugout

John Carver – there will be a reaction

This time the game is at home to second bottom Aston Villa on Saturday – but John said the much same thing before last week’s 5-0 humiliation at Manchester City. 🙁

This is what John said about the upcoming game yesterday, after last weekend’s horror show:

“The players know that we didn’t give a performance – a performance that was worthy of getting a result.” “I don’t think I will have to say too much to them before the game.”

“I know how they will react.” “I am hoping they will react the way I’m thinking they will.” “They usually do after a defeat like this.”

“I think they have been positive this week so there is no reason why we can’t go into the game with a positive frame of mind.”

We do hope we see a much improved display against Villa tomorrow, because another defeat would not be good, against a side who are second bottom of the league.

Aston Villa are also bottom of the form table,  having lost all of their last six league games in a row, including a 2-1 defeat last time out at home to Stoke City.

So a win is what we are looking for,  and hopefully the lads can produce the goods, which will make up just a little bit for last week’s humiliation.

This will be new manager Tim Sherwood’s third game in charge of Aston Villa.

Jack Colback is out suspended for two games, but the good news is that Daryl Janmaat is fit.

Fans don’t seem to confident we can win this game.

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5 comments so far

  • banjax

    Feb 27, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #1

    If ever there was an example to our lazy players after their 5 – 0 hammering at Man City, it has to be Jonas. When you think of the mental strength it must have taken to battle the cancer as well as stay fit enough to return to Premier League fitness is a tribute to Jonas and above all his determination to win. I would even prefer a half fit Jonas to some of the gutless, lazy ones we have in the team. If ever there was an example of the kind of player we need, look no further than Jonas Guttierez !

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 27, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    The Book of Football Man Management
    (How to motivate spoilt young millionaires)
    Rule 23
    Introduce someone into the squad (who has no chance of playing) who will inspire the boys.


  • lesh

    Feb 27, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3


    Introduce someone who will inspire the lads?

    More like introduce someone who the crowd’ll get behind, off Carver’s back and shows the board in good light.

    Cynical? Mois?

  • toonincheek

    Feb 27, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #4

    banjax –

    I don’t think the real problem was laziness.
    We stood off them instead of pressing.

    To me, that reflects tactics/instructions
    given by Carver.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    The problem as I see it is that this group of players have no pride in their performance. I can just see them collectively shrugging their shoulders after the Citeh game. It’s a job; win, lose, no big deal, we get paid anyway. Yeah, they go through the motions of saying the right things in front of a microphone, but it’s a different matter on the pitch. And you know, I kind of don’t blame them. They must sense as we all do that they are not really playing for a “football club” as such, they are just part of a business arrangement. Mike Ashley trading as Sports Direct trading as Newcastle United. (They’re ones in black and white, not the ones in blue)


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