Newcastle travel to Leicester City on Saturday in the early kick-off game, and John Carver has told Nigel Pearson, the Leicester City manager and former Newcastle coach, what our big weakness is, in case he was wondering what it is.
And Carver has said Manu Riviere will definitely start the game, in case Nigel was wondering whether he would or not, after our disastrous second half performance against a better Swansea City side for a seventh defeat on the trot.
Carver – we are weak at set plays and Riviere starts
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We gave away a goal from a corner only seconds before half time on Saturday, after we had gone ahead in a game for the first time in seven games, when young Ayoze Perez, broke his duck this year and scored his sixth Premier league goal.
This is some of what John Carver has told Nigel Pearson today:
“As we know, we are not great at defending set-plays, that was the only way Swansea looked like scoring. So disappointing because I thought we did some really good stuff in the first half.”
“We had a game plan and we played with the two strikers and Cabella just in behind. More offensive, so we took a little bit of a risk but I thought we controlled the game and Tim had very little to do – apart from picking the ball out of the net just before half-time.”
“Yes, I thought Riviere played extremely well in the first half was a good target, a good link, but he’s not played for a while and he has run himself into the ground, so I needed to replace him.”
“But he’ll start next week, he’ll play in the game next week because I saw enough to start him.”
Usually managers try to keep their teams, tactics and weaknesses from opposing managers but not John Carver, who is showing just how inexperienced he is at the top level.
It’s going to be gut check time for our players again, and they have not met the challenge for a long time and look to be the easiest team in the Premier League to beat at the moment.
We need one win in our last four games to be safe in the Premier League, but that is not going to be an easy task given both the results and performances of our players over the last couple of months, when we haven’t recorded anything but defeats.
If we cannot win one game before the end of the season we will deserve to be relegated.