John Carver gave some interviews after the comprehensive 3-0 defeat yesterday by an Everton side who had equaled their biggest win of the season in the league when they beat Newcastle 3-0, and the last time they did that was when they beat Aston Villa at home on 18th October – so you understand why Everton fans were so happy after the game.
Martinez and Carver before the game yesterday
It was the opposite reaction from Newcastle, who have lost their last two away games by an aggregate score of 8-0 and had 10 days to prepare for each of the two games.
There’s not too much interim head coach can say with players picking up suspensions and red cards.
Yesterday we had Fabricio Coloccini sent off and that will likely be a three game suspension for the captain, although we expect Newcastle to appeal the red card.
This is what a shaken John Carver said after the game yesterday and he was anxious to say the lads hadn’t thrown in the towel:
“They haven’t done that. They have fought until the end. There was a lot of disappointment after the game and usually, we leave them for a couple of days, but I asked the guys if they had anything to say, and two or three did.”
“It was sensible. I won’t name names, but they had something to say. There weren’t tea cups thrown, they were sensible, and examined it well.”
“We have Arsenal next, and the way we are, we will be up for that. We had a two-way conversation, a controlled conversation, and we will review it all on Tuesday.
“I can’t be down. I have never thrown the towel anywhere, and I won’t do it here. I want them to be positive.”
“I told one or two not to say anything, and it was nice that others did come forward. I’m not a dictator, I’m very open-minded. I listen, and I take on board what is said.”
John may even be too soft with his players, because it was indiscipline that got Colo sent off, and the same thing happened in our last game when Papiss Cisse was suspended for seven games for spitting.
Newcastle are in a very weak situation as far as the playing staff goes, and our next two games are at home to Everton and at Sunderland, but there are almost three weeks before the Sunderland game – so we may have Mehdi Abeid available for that game.
If we lose that one there will really be alarm bells going off at Newcastle and the Board may even have to bring in a more experienced coach – if one is available.
Newcastle are down to the bare bones as far as the squad goes, and we suppose Daryl Janmaat will need to play center-back and notice we will not bring Davide Santon back from his loan at Inter-Milan – because Newcastle are getting loan money for him and it’s likely the deal will be made permanent in the summer.
Mike Ashley’s obsession with making money is costing Newcastle once again, with our squad always too small and struggling again towards the end of a season.
It’s not a good outlook for the last nine games of the season and let’s hope we can pick up a couple of wins from somewhere.
Don’t forget that last season we lost seven of our last eight games starting with a 3-0 home defeat against Everton on March 25th.
Things are not looking good and that’s an understatement.
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