JOHN Carver’s admitted he doesn’t know where Newcastle United’s next points are coming from after the club’s derby shambles.
Jermain Defoe’s stunning first-half volley gave Sunderland a record fifth successive derby win on Sunday.
You are thinking where the next points are coming from, but we have to turn this around somehow.John Carver
Head coach Carver admitted he was “embarrassed” by the performance at the Stadium of Light after the match.
The 1-0 loss left Newcastle 13th in the Premier League – and BOTTOM of the league’s six-game form table – with seven games left to play.
And Carver feels the 35 points the club has accumulated are NOT enough to stay up, though the club are nine points clear of 18th-placed Burnley. United – who have taken nine points from a possible 36 under Carver – are next in action on April 13, when they take on Liverpool at Anfield.
And under-fire Carver said: “We only got 35 points – you need 40 points.
“We’ve got seven games left, and we are down to the bare bones.
“You are thinking where the next points are coming from, but we have to turn this around somehow.”
Carver – who knows his chances of getting the head coach job on a permanent basis are now slim at best – isn’t looking beyond the next game.
“I am just looking for the next win and the next game,” said the 50-year-old. “I’m not thinking about the end of the season.
“It’s important I stay focused and work with the group of players that I have got to get the best out of them.
“I have to come up with something along with my staff to do that, and a lot of thought will go into it.”
Carver labelled the 152nd derby as his “worst day” in management.
“It’s only been a short time, but it has to be the worst day in my managerial career,” he said.
“It’s the manner that hurts me more than anything else.
“If we had a go and put balls into the box and made their keeper make saves, then I would say at least we had a go. But I can’t say that.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s Under-21s take on league leaders Middlesbrough at St James’s Park tonight (7pm kick-off).
Peter Beardsley’s third-placed side are without a win in seven Under-21 Premier League games.
Olivier Kemen, Freddie Woodman and Callum Roberts are likely to feature. Admission is free to season-ticket holders, £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.