As usual John Carver is trying to get the Newcastle fans who will be at the game on Sunday behind him and the team, at the same time Ashley Out brigade work in the opposite direction, and are appealing to fans to stay away from the game as a protest at the way Ashley is decimating the club the club with his policies.
John Carver – Spurs game is always special
It’s a difficult situation for both the coaching staff and the players, and it’s not like they have a lot of experience in being in charge of the first team – so the boycott is a challenge for them.
But Carver is doing his best to appeal to the fans who will be at the game on Sunday afternoon – a game that will be broadcast live around the world.
This is what John Carver had said today about this game:
“We came out in the last home against Arsenal and had a right go, got the early goal and the crowd gathered momentum from it, and we should have got something from the game.”
“I always remember the last day of the 1995/1996 season when we played Spurs and Man United went to Middlesbrough.”
“We had to win against Spurs, it was a red-hot day and we drew 1-1. It was a great game but disappointing because we didn’t win the Premier League.”
“Whenever you come up against Spurs it’s a great game. Even this season at White Hart Lane was a good one, we were 1-0 down and Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze got a great header to win it.”
“They are always good football matches. The ball is always on the ground and both teams usually pass it. Hopefully it can be the same and we get the three points.” “It would be massive.”
“A win changes everybody’s feelings. Us as a group of people get confidence from it.” “You can get booed off at half-time and then get a standing ovation by the end – that can only happen here.”
“It was bittersweet for us because we’d lost- but nice by the same token because the fans can see when the team is giving everything.”
“This is a side that has just been put together due to injuries and suspensions.
Carver is covering over the cracks with that last sentence, because the team should have been strengthened in January and we shouldn’t have let Davide Santon go on his merry way.
This will be a very difficult game for this patched-up Newcastle side, and the odds are against Newcastle winning the game.
But John’s right and a win could change the dynamics on Tyneside.
Wins have a strange effect on fans and it certainly cheers them up – and maybe that’s why Newcastle fans have been so glum this year.
We have only one win in nine games since the end of the January transfer window – when Newcastle made around £12M.
What do you think?
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