JOHN Carver hammered his derby flops after Newcastle United’s “embarrassing” Wear-Tyne derby defeat.
Jermain Defoe’s first-half strike gave Sunderland a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
I’m absolutely embarrassed to be part of it, but I am a part of it and I have to deal with it.John Carver
Pathetic Newcastle mustered just ONE shot on target during the game.
It meant a record FIFTH successive derby win for relegation-threatened Sunderland, who Carver admitted were “second-best in every department” before the break.
“I’m absolutely embarrassed to be part of it, but I am a part of it and I have to deal with it,” said Carver.
Carver felt his side would have been in “big trouble” had it not been for his patched-up defence.
Sunderland took the game to their visitors in the first half, and their pressure finally told in the 45th minute, when Defoe scored with a stunning volley.
“I thought in the first half we were dreadful,” said Carver.
“I said before the game that no side of mine would be criticised for not closing people down and not working, and I think I was wrong.
“We were second-best in every department, certainly in the midfield areas and the front three.
“I thought the makeshift back four stuck to their guns, along with the goalkeeper, and actually kept us in the game, because without those guys we would have been in big trouble.
“I would have been doing somersaults in we had gone in at half time 0-0.
“That’s how poor we were but a fantastic strike by Jermain Defoe. It was a world class goal and we came in 1-0 down at half time.
“We did pick it up in the second half, but it still wasn’t good enough. We huffed and puffed but we couldn’t blow the house down.
“We only had one half decent shot for their keeper to save and that’s a concern.
“The performance disappointed me the most.”
Carver had reacted angrily to Phil Neville’s claim that some Newcastle players “had their flip flips on” after the club’s defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.
While Carver still disputes Neville’s claim, he has conceded that some of his players aren’t up to playing in derbies.
“This has got nothing to do with people having flip flops on or off,” said Carver.
“I think it is down to the fact that we were second best. Pressure is a funny thing when you play in an environment like this. Some people can handle it some people can’t.
“We’ve got a group of people that have played in several derbies, and there’s a little bit of a pattern there.”