More Players Delivering Upbeat Comments Today

We were just waiting for players and the head coach to come out this week after the terrible display and result at Everton last Sunday, and tell us all would be put right on Saturday at home to top side Arsenal, and sure enough they are coming out today – three days before the game.

yoan gooufran after fouling lennon

Yoan Gouffran after fouling Lennon on Sunday

We’ve heard from both John Carver and Jonas about how they will try harder and have to do better on Saturday, and now it’s the turn of Yoan Gouffran.

The Frenchman gave away the stupid penalty in the second half when he didn’t even have to make the challenge on Aaron Lennon.

This is what the 28 year-old forward has said today:

“We have to try to show great spirit and that we are fighting, as sometimes it has been too easy for the opposition. We have to show to the fans, and for us, something.”

“It was very bad at Everton, we give the best for the club but sometimes it’s difficult for the fans, but we will try to win.” “We are disappointed because we would like to have some more points.”

“To be honest I did touch Aaron Lennon for penalty a little bit, but I think he fell down very quickly after it.”

We expect John Carver to start a more attacking aside against Arsenal than he did at Everton, and Yoan was just hopeless in that second half last Sunday, he couldn’t seem to do anything right.

We’d like to see both Ayoze Perez and Remy Cabella start the game, because they are two of our best attacking players – and we haven’t many of those fit and ready to go right now.

Carver is likely to play a defensive game (what – again?), and against Arsenal that could be very dangerous because it invites them to play to their strengths – which is their attacking play.

Arsenal’s weakness over the last few years has been their defense,  and we should be attacking them – if we want to  win or at get a draw.

But winning the game on Saturday has to be a (very) long shot – at best – given who’s available and the form we have been in this year.

What do you think?

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114 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Mar 18, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    bishop working overtime

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 18, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Talk is cheap!

    Just like our squad.

    All mouth no action.

  • nut meg

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t really see us getting out of our half as we’ll have every player behind the ball….Pardew style of playing on the front foot!

  • hibbit

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    i feel the club are expecting problems on saturday you can feel the pr machine moving up a gear they have seen what happened at sunderland and there taking no chances

  • hibbit

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #6

    one goal and we will cave in could be cricket score

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Bullshit bishop all over these nice new quotes from johnny boy and the players. Fcukoff.


    Morning to you too mate.

    I come home in the morning from work and after being subjected to the bullshit from the club I feel the need to comment on it because it’s clear to see its all absolute bollox lol.

    Ruins my sleep.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #8

    The starting 11 against Arsenal could be quite frightening, for us.

  • hibbit

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #9

    average for this crap to start so early in the week there worried…. sunderland might have just done us the biggest favour ever…… watch how the bullshit pr builds up this week for once the pressure is on them….. there expecting bother

  • cyprus

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Nice pic, speaks volumes.

    Jonas, that top 10 seems really hard mate. Where can we get points? We’ll be lucky to get 3-5 in the next 9 games! ie. safety, just!

    I thought our 3 points would be Sunderland, but their new coach will want that moral victory… scratch that one too.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Never mind arsenal, the mackems will dance around us like Real Madrid. Cue swapping of relegation armbands 🙂 not impossible. Our run in looks daunting, hoping that Leicester will have given up the ghost by the time we meet them. Providing we haven’t, of course.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #12

    I want to see two different sets of actions in the next 2 games
    1ST, a game plan with some players that want to play for the club
    2, the FANS, Jesus , they just sit there like wet fannys ,
    charver needs to understand that we do not want him in this position, his time is up at the club,

    I read not long ago that his farther would be so proud that he running the club, well I think his dad would be embarrassed at his son.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Has El Pollo come out with anything captain-esque yet?

  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Haven’t been reading the blog for a few days – have we had any ‘ let’s get behind carver and the lads, Ashley knows what he’s doing’ type rallying cries from the Apologists lately?

  • Harley

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #15

    I looked at the headline and haven’t bothered reading the article.

    Weren’t they full of positive “we need to put things right” comments before the Everton game?

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m not looking forward to the Arsenal match. Let’s hope we can limit the damage to 0-4.
    On the latest PR campaign: We just need a comment from Steven Taylor now to completely reassure us.

  • cyprus

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #17

    You might want to read my post from this morning mate! Not exactly apologetic but might upset you 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Pr department must be funded more than coaching dept. They’re already drafting a post -derby ‘injuries cost us’ speech and a final rallying call for the Leicester game ‘ We are too good to go down’ ;).

    In fact I think they are just re-jigging our ‘we’ll come straight back up’ roll call

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #19

    This is the probable team
    R,Taylor Janmaat Williamson Jonas
    Cabella Sissoko Colback Gouffran
    Perez Riviere
    Sammy & Anita as possible for Gouff/ Riviere.

    This is what I’d do
    Janmaat Satka Williamson Jonas
    Colback Kemen
    Sisssoko Armstrong Cabella

    It’s a bit attacking but it keeps the awful foursome out. (Gouff, Oba, Sammy, Riviere) I still think Arsenal will win but this team should see off Sunderland.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #20

    I admire your optimism, sir!

  • stuart no9

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #21

    It’s about time the fans done the club a big favour and showed their real feelings on Saturday . Look , the teams f”@@ked , the clubs f@@ked, the players are f@@ked , Carvers has always been f@@ked and our owner and his mate are ba@@rds . What is everyone waiting for ?? Some kind of miricle or something ? Surely the 50,000 are not expecting a sudden change and the team start playing football ! . A good tonking is the best we can hope for on Saturday , anyone who thinks different should ‘nt be at the game , they should be getting counciling . So take a deep breath , think of the future , and for once , just once , TELL THEM ITS NOT F@@KING GOOD ENOUGH .

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #22

    The PR staff are in full basket weaving mode…

    Watch Ashley’s breath powered rolling stock gather pace as we near the ‘business’ end of the season, culminating in a frenzy of inaudible white noise during the summer break from whatever it is we have been doing this season.

    Are we still listening?

  • davetoon

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #23

    Imagine the fun Sanchez or Walcott will have running at Jonas.

  • AncientC

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #24

    There is a worrying amount of rhetoric coming out of the club about “team spirit.”

    Like getting the team to have huddles and high 5’s is going to crack it in the Premier League.

    It all seems very old school. I get the impression that Carver is taking inspiration from books written by managers that were in the game a few decades ago.

    If it were not for modern practises and the press, I am sure he would have them all out for a big drinking session as an ice breaker.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #25

    We’re not up to putting out a team that could see off old Uncle Stan at the train station..

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Tsunki…last night we had people on here who would be damned if they had give up their ST! They even considered moving to a better seat closer to the Beer and Pie stand.

    …alot of self-absorbed and contradicting stuff was pulled out the hat of some posters last night.

    I was a bit of a wake-up call actually. No wonder we are in such a mess. Some just won’t take part of the blame…

    …it’s all just Ashley this and Ashley that. Never looking inwards!

  • geordiemark

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #27

    as well as carver the players are to blame for our state of affairs and its down to them pro players just do not play like they have since the season started there is no excuse at all the way that ravel have played and hard working people have paid good money to watch that drivvil of a team trying to play football god under 5s could play better then that lot

  • lochinvar

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #28

    At least our players are not as deluded as Wenger who believes “Every defeat hurts but we didn’t lose.”
    I think you might find Arsne that Monaco are in the next round of the Champions League.
    More deluded than Tony Blair and that takes some doing.

  • BandB

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #29

    PR duties are always shared between key players in “the group”.
    Janmaat, Williamson, Krul, Colback, Gouffran. That seems absolutely fair as they are the most regularly selected. It also seems fair, on the basis of shared “group” responsibility, that they are the least publicly criticised for mistakes and poor performance.
    Obviously, R Taylor and Jonas, being very senior players (so senior that they are almost out of contract) should also want to take some responsibility for “putting things right next time”. Shola was always very keen to talk about upping his game “next time”.
    The captain is an odd one. His privileged position reminds me of “Genial” Harry Grout in Porridge.

  • mindshaft

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #30

    Oh I give up – I really can’t be bothered to listen to this drivel, blah blah fkin blah

  • bobby mango

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #31

    How many times have we heard this £#@% time and time again… “we have to show the fans, we’re working hard etc etc”
    Stop saying it and show it.

    The club is an absolute shambles.
    Terrible coaches, terrible owners, depleted squad, ransacked confidence. And a bunch of drone fans who carry on regardless.

  • stan anderson

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #32

    More Blah Blah Blah eh.

  • midweek weekend

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #33

    Is anyone else seriously dreading the arsenal game, saw the game last night fair enough they blew it in the first leg but some of their football was excellent at times, its impossible for us to win 3-0 arsenal or worse.

    Next 4 games
    Arsenal lose
    Sunderland lets be honest new manager syndrome lose
    Liverpool no chance at anfield
    Then spurs battling for top 4 lose

    That means 6 defeats in a row and despite all that carver will still get the job.

    So in no fewer words we’re well and truly f%£#

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #34

    Morning! Any more thoughts on tearing this Mother out?

  • BandB

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #35

    I’m hoping that in his press conference tomorrow, John assures us the players couldn’t waiting to get back on the training ground, where they have been working their flip-flops off.

  • stan anderson

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #36

    As far as appointing a new Coach/Manager in the summer,i am 64 yr.old out of work Geordie born and bred in Walker.
    I would refuse to work for these slimy Barstewards no problem.I would sooner stay unemployed.HONESTLY.

  • martoon

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #37

    The next Mike Williamson @19 – I quite like your team. Jonas played quite well in centre mid when he came on so I’d be tempted to swap positions with Colback who probably has a bit more pace and a natural left foot also I’m not sure if Kemen is fit?

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #38

    The next Mike Williamson

    I massively agree and would want to emphasise as much as possible to Geordie John that the Arsenal game should be used to establish a game plan that will be used to greater effect in the derby match. Just like he did with the Villa/ManU games, but without Obertan/Gouffran/Riviere if possible.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #39

    Geordie John won’t get the job.

  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #40


    As the HC role embraces responsibility for coaching and development at all levels, we can rest assured that Ashley, ably assisted by Charnley and Carr, will take a serious interest in those frightening stats when reviewing Carver’s performance at the end of the season.

    And then appoint him as Head Coach!

    🙁 😐


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