Carver – I Can Take An Awful Lot From Today

After the excitement of Newcastle’s second half comeback today, when the lads came back from two goals down and did everything but get the equalizer with a tremendous second half comeback.

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But after all is said and done, 91% of readers thought we would lose the game today, and they were still right.

John Carver says he will take a lot from today’s game:

“Until they scored the first goal, I thought we were in the game, there wasn’t a great deal between the two sides.”

“But it was disappointing, the first half, and it was disappointing because we conceded from two set plays.”

“They didn’t open us up really and Tim Krul didn’t have a great deal to do, but it was disappointing how we conceded the two goals.”

“Certainly if you keep giving Arsenal free-kicks in wide areas, they are going to punish you with the quality they have got and certainly with Giroud in the box.”

“But the way we came back in the second half – we scored an Arsenal-type goal, great play down the right-hand side, pull-back by Remy Cabella and a super finish by Moussa Sissoko.”

“In the second half, I thought we took the game to them, we were on the front foot, we had more energy and I can take an awful lot from today.”

This year has not been good for Newcastle, and we were knocked out by bottom club Leicester City at the first hurdle of the FA Cup in the 3rd round in early January.

And in 11 league games played this year we have only two wins and three draws, and the wins were against teams who were in the bottom three when we beat them – Hull City and Aston Villa.

John Carver’s record at Newcastle is not good since Alan Pardew left the club.

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But John’s still right – if we can play like we did in the second half today, and like we did in the first 20 minutes of today’s game,  we can still get some decent results before the season draws to a close in late May.

But we are 7 points out of 10th place and it’s kind of like a sinking feeling – much like it was last year at this time.

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6 comments so far

  • toonluvva

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Arsenal completely bossed the first half in my opinion, I don’t know what game Carver was watching.
    Better performance in the second half though, but why do we only play half a game?
    If we only play for 45 minutes against sun’lun, three more points will go to Weirdside.
    Sadly, the best I expect from us is a draw. Possibly a nils each.
    Mr Ashley is banking on there being three teams worse than us at the end of the season. I hope he is correct.

  • Sleepin Giant

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #2


    Normally witty and sometimes amusing, usually argue your points clearly and debate without attacking the man (or B&B).

    But you’ve gone all aggressive and picking fights again.
    Sort of cokehead keyboard warrior behaviour.

    Very strange

  • Sazzer

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t agree that Arsenal played us off the park in the first half. We fluffed around a lot making them look like the dominating side but they created nothing on their own really except from set pieces.

    City played us off the park.

  • usmagpie

    Mar 22, 2015 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Ok but does anyone know why Williamson gets a shirt, yes I know we are down to the bones in the squad but come on he is slower than Shi# gets bullied by little French men and is slower than Shi$. Did I mention he is slower than Shi# and gets bullied by little French men.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 22, 2015 at 5:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Imagine the euphoria if we actually won a game. Seriously, losing at home is always just a bad result. Predictable of course, but that doesn’t alter things. Losing home games against any decent side as we habitually do is the sign of a struggling club without any real light at the end of the tunnel. Carver wants to talks about positives – anything to deflect attention from the result I suppose. This is simply a football club in decay. That supporters can appear to be jubilant with a defeat is symptomatic of the decline in standards. This club is a disgrace.

  • Malta Mag

    Mar 22, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Arsenal didn’t dominate the first half but we’re the better team however our overall attitude was excellent. Some of you need to get your heads out of your arses and see the real picture. Yes of course this has been a disastrous season and yes Ashley has left the squad too thin on the ground but that’s not Carver’s fault and the team he picked, gave their all for the shirt which is what we expect. Our dead balls have improved since he took over and I still think with the team built around Perez, Sissoko, Colback, Cabella, Jaanmat, Haidara and dare I say Ryan Taylor we have a future but obviously Ashley has to realise his mistakes and bring in 2-3 quality players this summer. The derby is now bordering on huge but it’s not going to be easy because those unwashed lot from down the road are fighting for their lives.


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