NEWCASTLE United head coach John Carver says his players were ‘abysmal’ and ‘neagtive’ after their latest derby defeat at the hands of Sunderland.
The Magpies barely managed to threaten the Sunderland goal in a woeful display at the Stadium of Light.
Jermain Defoe grabbed the only goal of the game, with the home side at one point having 74 per cent possession in the first half.
Newcastle’s only shot on target came from Remy Cabella late on, and Carver had some harsh words for his players.
“We were abysmal in the first half,” he told BBC Sport. “We were poor. I always say a side of mine will give 100% and we didn’t.
“We were so negative. Every day on the training ground I am the most positive man you will ever meet, I don’t put shackles on anyone I want them to be exciting but for whatever reason we were so negative out there.
“The back four is a makeshift back four and they deserve a bit of credit but the other units of the team weren’t good enough.”