John Carver has said that if United had got beat by Hull, he would have got stick off Newcastle fans after leaving Yoan Gouffran out of his starting line-up today.

The Frenchman had failed to score for over a year before a Southampton defender blasted it off him and into the net in the last home match.

Today, Gouffran appeared as a late substitute and got an almost equally fortunate goal as his left footed shot took a wicked deflection for Newcastle’s third goal.

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After the match John Carver was asked; ‘Was it a brave call leaving Gouffran out?’

“Well it was because it is important we start winning football matches and we have done that today.

“When you win it is a great decision but if we’d lost then people might have questioned that decision.

“The important thing though is we have a group of players to win games.”

I have to say that I believe 100% that if Newcastle had ended up getting beat by Hull, not a single fan would have been saying ‘If only we’d had Yoan Gouffran on the pitch..’

However, just like they say about managers, better to have a lucky one than a good one. Message to Yoan Gouffran – stay lucky!

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