John Carver has claimed his under-pressure Newcastle United side HAD to go for all three points at Queens Park Rangers as a draw wouldn’t have done them any good.
Newcastle led 1-0 at already-relegated QPR thanks to Emmanuel Riviere’s first Premier League goal for the club before a second-half collapse has left their top flight status hanging by a thread.
But even a point at Loftus Road would have put Carver’s side three clear of third-bottom Hull City ahead of the season finale, meaning a draw at home to West Ham United on Sunday would have been enough to stay up.
Now, if Hull City beat Manchester United then struggling Newcastle will have to win their first match in 11 Premier League attempts to survive.
It is all set up for a nail-biting afternoon yet under-fire Carver is adamant his side had to go for the win at QPR because of their poor goal difference.
Newcastle, with -25, have the worst goal difference out of the three sides at risk of plummeting into the Championship next season.
Steve Bruce’s Hull have a goal difference of -18, while Sunderland – who could secure their survival with a point against Arsenal at the Emirates tonight– are two worse off with -20.
Carver said: “We had to change it, we had to go 4-4-2.
“We had to get two wide guys on that were going to put the ball into the box and we created one or two chances.
“(Papiss) Cisse had a great chance, could have been a penalty, handball, (Paul)Dummett had a great chance and (Moussa) Sissoko had a chance too.
“We had chances and we kept going but the game did became a bit more open and spread.
“It was no good coming (to QPR) and looking for a draw because of our goal difference.
“We had to come here and win and we haven’t done that, so it was disappointing,” added Carver, to BBC Newcastle.
Riviere dinked in after collecting keeper Tim Krul’s long punt upfield but QPR hit back through Matt Phillips headed equaliser before Leroy Fer smashed in the winner from 25-yards.
QPR and Burnley had already been relegated, with one relegation place to fill.
Both Aston Villa and Leicester City sealed their place at the top table of English football thanks to Hull’s defeat at Tottenham.