Sunderland were back to their usual form as Crystal Palace tore them apart at the Stadium of Light in the second half with four goals in just 17 minutes, and 4-1 wasn’t even indicative of how much better Palace were on Saturday.
Sunderland have only five wins this season, joint worst record in the Premier League with Burnley, and two of those wins have been against Newcastle United.
John Carver – it was a real rollicking
Newcastle will play Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night, and if we play like we have in our last three away games – where we haven’t turned up for any one of them – we’ll be taken to the cleaners by The Reds.
John Carver has said he laid into the players after the game last Sunday after another completely gutless performance from his Newcastle side.
And we are really getting a bit sick of the lack of professional pride of our players, who show no fight or passion or heart away from home.
This is what John Carver revealed he did in the dressing room after the game last weekend:
“It was a real rollicking.” “It’s definitely the first time I’ve had to be Mr Nasty since I took charge.” “When Alan was manager, there was a different dynamic. I would just react to whatever he was doing.”
“If he was the nasty one, I was the nice one. If he was the nice one, I was the nasty one.” “And I did nasty well, I was good at that.” “The players aren’t seeing anything different.”
“I lost my temper at full-time here against Manchester United because of how we lost the game. And last weekend.” “In every other team talk I’ve been quite composed. If you’re just aggressive all the time the players switch off.”
“You can’t go crazy all the time, there has to be logic behind why you do it.” “We’ve responded in the past and the players owe it to themselves.”
“We won at Old Trafford last season for the first time since 1972. So, at the Theater of Dreams and Anfield – two Meccas of football – we’ve shown it can be done.”
John may have been a bit soft with the players up to this point – but the coach has to somehow get the players playing for him, and playing for the club and most of all – playing for the fans.
At the moment we are a bit of a laughing-stock again in the Premier League and every club is eager to play us – simply because we are so hopeless at the moment.
When did that last happen?
Well apart from last year at this time.
Fans think we have no chance of getting anything out of the game on Monday night.
So our players have absolutely nothing to lose – they are under no pressure and not expected get anything from the game – so there’s a big opportunity on the upside to play well and shock us all – and even get something out of this game.
But another pathetic performance would be hard to take – very hard to take – after four successive league defeats when we have scored only one goal.
We continue to drop like a lead balloon in the league table.
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