John Carver admitted that the match against Aston Villa hadn’t been a ‘classic’.

However, the Newcastle Head Coach did look for other positives as United picked up a hard fought three points.

Carver picked out Captain Fabricio Coloccini for his commitment at one end.

While at the other, he predictably picked out match winner Papiss Cisse.

John Carver:

“Today hasn’t been a classic, has it?

“Tell you what though, the thing that has pleased me is that we have kept a clean sheet, we have had players who have put their bodies on the line, I have to mention Fabricio Coloccini in particular.”

Papiss Cisse:

“His(Cisse’s)  goal ratio is fantastic but we do have to provide him with the service…

“If we don’t provide him with that service then he won’t score goals, so I need to make sure that the team provides him with service because he’s valuable to us.”

Scruffy goals:

“He’s probably scored more scruffy goals this season than he ever has but I’m not bothered because he is actually scoring goals.

“This is why it was important to keep him here and that’s why it was important to get him in the team and put him in the right area.”