JOHN Carver says his Newcastle United players have NOT thrown in the towel – after watching Everton dispose of his team at Goodison Park.
Goals from James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley gave Roberto Martinez’s relegation-threatened side a 3-0 win.
United captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off for a lunge at Aaron Lennon, and will miss the games against Arsenal, Sunderland and Liverpool through suspension.
Head coach Carver’s squad has been decimated by injury and suspension.
But Carver – who lost top scorer Papiss Demba Cisse to a seven game-ban earlier this month – is adamant that he and his team can pick up results between now and the end of the campaign, despite the chronic lack of numbers in certain areas of the squad.
“I’m in a situation where I’m working with the group of players I’ve got,” said Carver
“I can’t wave a magic wand and bring anybody in from the outside.
“I’m not losing people through silly training-ground injuries – I’m losing them through silly red and yellow cards.
“I’ve got a huge, huge injury list at St James’s Park, and I’m working with what I’ve got.
“Losing Coloccini will take the numbers down even more.
“I know the situation I’m in, and I can’t do anything about it. I just get on with it and continue to work with it until I’m told otherwise.
“That’s important, because if I start throwing the towel in ... I’m the leader of that group in that dressing room. They ain’t thrown the towel in, that’s for sure.
“Sometimes your best is not good enough, but at least they’re having a go.”
Newcastle take on Arsenal at St James’s Park on Saturday.
Carver added: “I’ll make sure by my not being negative I rub off on them and hopefully we’ll pick up some results.”
n NEWCASTLE United’s Under-21s take on Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium tonight (7pm kick-off).