John Carver was full of bravado today, and when asked if he thought Newcastle’s relegation fight would go down to the final game of the season against West Ham a week on Sunday, he said that relegation wasn’t even in his vocabulary.
We certainly hope it doesn’t go down to that last game – when anything could happen.
John Carver – relegation not in my vocabulary
This is some of what John Carver said today:
“That word is not even in my vocabulary, trust me. All I’m thinking about is Saturday against QPR.” “Let’s win the game and see what happens.”
“If I start thinking about everything else, then it’s like a golfer coming down the 18th and he’s got the championship in his sights and all of a sudden he starts waving at the crowd, he loses his concentration, bang, misses a putt and loses the Championship”.
“I’m not even going to be distracted. I’m focused and let’s not forget, this is their last home game in the Premier League for at least one season, and they did take a little bit of a beating last weekend, so I’d want my players to put on a show.”
“Yes, they might be a little bit more relaxed, yes, he might play one or two younger players, but I think there are one or two characters in their team who will have a point to prove because it’s not nice when you lose a game like they did last weekend and they will want to go out on a high.”
It’s good that John is completely focused on just the QPR game – because we cannot affect the other games – and the best we can do is win the last two games – and if we do that we’ll be safe and also finish higher up in the league than our current lousy 4th bottom place.
This game is a little similar to 2013, when we played QPR in the second last game of the season, when we were also fighting relegation – and after going 1-0 down to a Loic Remy penalty early in the first half, we came back with two goals to get a great 2-1 win to retain our PL status.
Let’s hope it can be the same again on Saturday – if we can do that it would be an enormous relief.
In the 9 away games we have had this year – if we take out the great 3-0 win at Hull City which is turning out to be a crucial 3 points for us – we have scored only one goal in the other eight games.
That was at Crystal Palace in the 1-1 draw – and those are the only two games under John Carver on the road we have picked up points.
We have lost the other seven without even scoring a goal, and we’ve lost twice to Leicester City, 3-0 in the league and 1-0 in the FA Cup.
So Saturday’s game is by no means going to be an easy one for Newcastle – and we need our players to turn up and play their hearts out, and give the fans something to cheer about with a good win.