Carver Gung-Ho About Tonight’s Game – Watch Out

John Carver has again been upbeat and positive about the game tonight at Liverpool,  and in his many interviews before the game, he says he expects Newcastle to put up a good performance and if we can do that we can get our first win there since back in 1994.

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John Carver – gung-ho – again

However, it’s very much like the upbeat assessment John gave for our trip to Manchester City a few weeks back, when we conceded after 29 seconds, and ended up being hammered 5-0.

But Carver has to find some way to motivate his players, and he hasn’t some that so far this year.

It was a complete and utter shock that the Newcastle side that was prepared for two weeks to play Sunderland the last time out, played like utter wimps in that first half .

And we didn’t improve too much in the second half either, to record our 5th successive defeat against the local rivals and Sunderland got their first win in eight league games.

But the Black Cats were back to their usual form over the weekend when they played against a decent side in Crystal Palace, and were hammered 4-1.

That was also our fourth defeat on the trot, so it’s not like Newcastle have been in great form on our recent road trips, and Carver’s upbeat assessments don’t necessary coincide with great performances from our side.

This is what John Carver has said about the game tonight:

“It is a great place to go,” “Manchester United have just been there and won, they had a difficult situation against Arsenal, they had an FA Cup game against Blackburn on a difficult surface.”

“They are in the semi-final of the cup and still have a chance, in my opinion, of finishing in the top four, because they have got so many good players.”

“Anfield – the history of football for me is Anfield and if you don’t want to go there and have a go, then don’t be a professional footballer.”

“That 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 the opposition. They out-worked us again.”

This game will be showcased by NBC Sports Network over there tonight, with three media teams at Anfield – one on the touchline before the game, one in the studio with Rebecca Lowe the host, and two commentators for the actual game.

They did the same thing yesterday at Old Trafford for the Manchester derby.

So it would be a good opportunity for Newcastle to show some good form tonight, but we are still the heavy underdogs and our readers have little hope of getting anything out of this game – however upbeat John Carver may be.

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9 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Sports Direct billionaire Ashley ‘needs power check’

    Quote from BBC web site Business sector this morning – check it out , ” well dodgy” as it says in the article and quote about ” cheap mugs” – hope it’s not referring to the fans !

  • lochinvar

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    What Carver meant to say was that he likes ” Gung Ho ” as a player and will try to sign him as a replacement for ” Nae Chance”

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    lochinvar…Do you have a link?

    JC…I like your optimism. I am worried whether they have the right DNA to play at Anfield though.

    One thing is certain, Carver is showing he has the right DNA to work for Ashley.

  • hibbit

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    the result tonight will be the defining moment on the boycott a win will total deflate it a embarrassing no show and we could get thousands what do you think ?

  • lochinvar

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5


    Just go to web site and click on the tab “business”
    Should find it ok
    pretty damming stuff

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    hibbit…I do think, based on history, that tonights result will have an impact on numbers for the protest.

    I don’t think numbers should be allowed to define whether this particular protest is successfull or a failure though.

    It would be great if thousands and thousands did, but why put up conditions for success? This is a campign. It hasn’t taken one day or event for fans to reach these levels of apathy under Ashley and it will take more than one day or event to liberate ourselves and to get to a point where we can have hope again.

    It’s a first step (another first step?). If we fall down, we get up and go again. That’s how it works. I’m not resigning myself to a lifetime of dragging myself across the floor.

    The other thing that’s key, is what will those who aren’t boycotting the match do as a form of protest inside the stadium? We all need to work together.

    It’d be really useful over the course of this week if posters who attend games can engage in ideas of what they think will be useful and most importantly, what they’re actually comfortable doing.

    We all need to find some common ground, that common ground has to be the club.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Lochinvar…Thanks, shall have a read.

  • reilly

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    what number on the menu is gung-ho,does it come with rice

  • banjax

    Apr 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    The best that can be hoped for is that Newcastle supporters are not humiliated by a cricket score on national and international television and that for once our players do what they are paid for and that is to play with pride for the club. Judging by the gutless performances of late it seems too much hope that Newcastle players will show some stones and fight for the badge. We can only hope that we can stop being humbled by our lazy players and the tactical naivety of John Carver and his management.


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