John Carver has taken credit for the victory yesterday by saying he was brave to play two wingers in a 4-4-2 formation yesterday.
Papiss Cisse going over to Jonas after scoring
But Newcastle looked a mediocre side at best yesterday and Aston Villa were unlucky to in 1-0 down at the break yesterday, after Papiss Cisse had scored another fine opportunist goal.
This is what John Carver said after the game:
“I was brave going with two wingers and two strikers – there are not many head coaches or managers in the Premier League go that way, but I did it because I felt it was important to get the three points.”
“We talked about getting the ball in the wide areas and putting the ball in the box because it’s no good Papiss being the lone striker and trying to play into his feet. He’s about getting into the box and putting the ball in the back of the net, and he did that.”
“Unfortunately, because of what happened to Sadio, I had to put Ryan on at left-back. I had to make a decision – Gutierrez is getting closer, he is getting fitter, he is getting stronger, so the time will eventually come, especially if we keep losing bodies.”
“It’s Haidara’s knee. He’s got an ongoing issue with it, but it’s not too serious, so we will see what he’s like today.” “Hopefully, he should be available for Wednesday.”
“What was disappointing was that in the first half, we didn’t put the ball in the box enough, and it just shows you – you put it in the box and Papiss will score a goal for you. Thankfully, he did.”
Jonas can also play left back of course and Ryan Taylor did a decent job after he came on yesterday.
It’s worrying we are still picking up so many injuries, even though we are really short in the squad through the rest of the season, and we just have to hope that Massadio is not too badly injured with that chronic knee injury of his.
We should get a better prognosis tomorrow on the Frenchman’s condition, but we’d be surprised if he’s risked on Wednesday night against Manchester United – and our next game is 10 days after the Red Devils game, when we are at Everton.
Owner Mike Ashley was at the game yesterday, and while we won, Newcastle still looked a side laboring to hit any heights.
John Carver is continuing to talk himself up for the top job at Newcastle United, that needs to be filled permanently in the summer.
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