John Carver: It’s time to stand up and be counted at Newcastle

VOW ... John Carver.
VOW ... John Carver.

JOHN Carver says he AND his players must stand up and take responsibility for Newcastle United’s embarrassing defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City ran out convincing 5-0 winners on Saturday.

It was the club’s heaviest defeat of the season.

The evening went from bad to worse after Vurnon Anita conceded a penalty with just 28 seconds on the clock.

And the result – and performance – has heaped more pressure on head coach Carver ahead of Saturday’s Premier League home game against Aston Villa.

Carver – who was today debriefing his players at the club’s Benton training ground – revealed that a number of players had taken responsibility for the parts they played in the defeat in the dressing room after the match.

“It is frustrating, but you can only show the players and talk about what they will do so much,” said Carver.

“I can’t actually get on the pitch and do anything about it.

“I will take lots of responsibility for what’s happened, and the players also have to take it.

“Some of them have taken that responsibility in the changing room.”

There is little enthusiasm among fans for the final 12 games of the season.

But Carver – whose side remain 11th in the table – has reiterated his determination not to let the campaign fizzle out.

“I’m not going to let that happen,” said the 50-year-old, put in charge until the end of the season. “If you know my character, I won’t allow that to happen.

“Some of the players in there won’t allow it to happen.

“We will drive them and we will make sure we try and get perfection every time we go out there.

“Sometimes we might not be good enough, but we will give it our all.

Asked which players will ensure the club’s campaign won’t peter out, Carver added: “Your Coloccinis, your Tim Kruls, your Moussa Sissokos and Papiss Cisse coming back from the African Cup of Nations.

“He’s given us a lift because he’s our top goalscorer.

“I felt sorry for him a little bit, because he worked extremely hard and had a great effort on goal just after half time, but he never got any service because we were always defending.

“We knew we were going to come here and have to defend for long periods, but we didn’t defend well enough.

“It’s not as if they’ve opened us up with a fantastic goal or a great strike from 30 yards. All the goals were preventable.”

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