John Carver’s blast for Newcastle’s players after lack of ‘professionalism’ costs them against Stoke

NET GAIN ... John Colback.
NET GAIN ... John Colback.

FRUSTRATED Carver blasted his Newcastle United players for a lack of “professionalism” after a late equaliser denied them victory.

Peter Crouch’s 90th minute strike for Stoke City claimed a point for the visitors at St James’s Park this afternoon.

The game ended 1-1, with Jack Colback having given Newcastle a second-half lead.

Head coach John Carver was fuming that his side hadn’t been able to see the game out, with United having sloppily given away possession so late in the game.

Carver said: “It’s hugely frustrating.

“It wasn’t a classic, was it? It was a pretty average game, certainly one game that is not going into my DVD collection.

“But when you get yourselves in front with a good goal, you think ‘maybe today is our day’, because really when we went ahead, there wasn’t anything in the game, and a draw probably is a fair result.

“But you get yourselves in front with a well-worked goal.”

The decision to replace Remy Cabella with Gabriel Obertan with the score goalless was met with muted boos inside St James’s Park.

“It was Gabby who set up the goal for Jack, who showed great energy all day getting into the box,” said Carver.

“I have said to him on a number of occasions ‘you have got to start scoring more goals’, and he has, so that’s good news.

“But then there are two minutes on the clock. We get a free-kick, it goes into the final third, we play four or five passes backwards back to our goalkeeper, who kicks it.

“We are out of shape and before we know it, it’s in the back of the net.

“Now that’s not professionalism, for me. There are two minutes left on the clock, go and run the ball into the corner and see the game out 1-0 and take a scrappy 1-0 victory.

“But it wasn’t to be. That’s why I am frustrated.”

The result left Newcastle – who take on Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night – 11th in the Premier League.

Carver said: “It’s not the position in the league that’s frustrating me, it’s the manner in which we conceded.”

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