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.
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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