John Carver has not held back when he’s talked about some of the performances Newcastle players have put in during two of the four defeats in succession we have had against Sunderland over the last two years.
John Carver – it’s damning for Newcastle players
And it’s no different today when the interim head coach at Newcastle had this to say:
“I won’t accept that.” “That is something I’ll be driving home in that dressing room when we have our team meeting today and before we go out on the pitch.”
“To be honest, I don’t really understand why it’s happened. I always give 100% in everything I do and for professional footballers, that should be a given.”
“The work rate, the effort, the commitment – that’s all I hear after a game when you’ve lost. You hear about the word commitment, you hear that you had no energy or enthusiasm and they didn’t understand what it meant – that’s what I hear all the time.”
“I’ll make sure, or I’ll try my best to understand that it’s what people think and it’s damning. It’s a damning situation on them as professional footballers.”
“It can make or break a manager, but in the four games there’s been two embarrassments haven’t there?” “We lost down there 2-1 to a late goal from Fabio Borini and there was nothing in the game.”
“The game here, there was nothing in that game. So there was the two bad performances and results that probably went against Alan. I’d be quite surprised if he said that was the main reason. I think Alan was being diplomatic.”
“But the record has not been good enough. I’ve been in a situation where we’ve had a similar sort of record as Sunderland and I’m sure they weren’t happy with that situation.”
“We have some new players but they’ve played in it, so there’s no reason for them not to be ready for it.”
John’s right and the minimum asked by Newcastle fans in any game of their players is 100% commitment, and if they get that they will support the players.
And that’s true even in defeat – which was the case last time out against Arsenal.
But finishing a game when there wasn’t that commitment and the players don’t seem to care is simply not acceptable.
In addition to some of the Sunderland games of the past, we’ve seen that at that in last two away games at Manchester City and Everton, when we lost by a combined score of 8-0.
We cannot have that tomorrow, and if it happens all hell will break loose.
But we expect a very committed performance tomorrow from the Newcastle United players, and hopefully a win.
We haven’t had too many of those this year – just two – so it will be alike a new experience if we can win the game tomorrow.
Another defeat would be too hard to take.
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