John Carver has said that his team need to be just a ‘little more ambitious’ but does that not come down to tactics?

The Newcastle Head Coach sticks with the tactic of playing two defensive midfielder in Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita, starts without an out and out striker, thus leaving Ayoze perez isolated for the vast majority of the game.

The decision to take Remy Cabella off was greeted by boos, most fans wondering how Sammy Ameobi could stay on the pitch after contributing next to nothing.

Playing decent teams away from home you can understand a more cautious approach but at home against Stoke?

John Carver;

“I thought overall we defended very well and we just need to be a little more ambitious going forward.

“It wasn’t a classic, it’s not in my DVD collection if I’m honest. It did though seem to come alive in the last twenty minutes, I thought we’d stolen the three points, but we shot ourselves in the foot.”

Throwing it away;

“We had possession in the final third and I think there is two minutes left on the clock. We then played four or five backward passes back towards the goalkeeper.

“We’re out of shape, the goalkeeper kicks it, they pick up the ball and break, put the ball in the box and it’s in the back of the net.”

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