John Carver has talked about the game tonight at Anfield, and we have to hope that we play a lot better than we have over the last three games on the road – and if we don’t – we could well be taken to the cleaners by a strong Liverpool side, who have a chance to make up three points on Manchester City in this round of games.
John Carver – will pick team based on character
Newcastle have lost four games in a row as Carver has had trouble most of the time in getting the best out of the players he has available – although there’s only about 16 senior players currently available to play – so he’s not exactly spoiled for choice.
What’s been wrong with Newcastle this year under Carver’s leadership is a lack of character and fight (and guts) in the team, with too many players not willing to give it all for the side.
John Carver will pick the players he thinks can get the job done at Anfield, and who will not wilt under pressure, as a number of our players did at Sunderland last time out.
This is what John has said:
“Maybe I need to change the team to start with,” “Maybe I need to change a few positions of one or two players, and hope that sparks something.”
“I waited until Wednesday before I held a team meeting to tell them what I thought, and it wasn’t one of those meetings where the players had their say, I said what I had to say, and that was it, it was non-negotiable.”
“I won’t just pick a side solely on ability, it will be about characters, too.” “Going to Anfield you are going to need characters. I want to see some energy. I didn’t see energy last weekend.”
“We talked about out-working Sunderland, and they out-worked us again. We can’t let that happen against Liverpool.” “It doesn’t need me to tell the players they’re playing for their futures and for their families.”
“This group of players usually responds after a disappointment so let’s see how they do.”
It will be interesting to see what team John will start tonight and those are good words from the 50 year-old Geordie coach.
But he also has a habit of talking a good game, and then the players are simply hopeless in the game and look all at sea.
What we want to see are the players playing their hearts out for the cause – and we have seen that in very few games this year.
Newcastle have won only two games out of thirteen this year, and we have dropped from 9th place to 13th place in the league table.
This will be a gut check for Newcastle players at Anfield tonight.
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