Mike Williamson has claimed that John Carver has been ‘fantastic’ in the dressing room and has managed to get the players to understand what they should be doing.

Which will come as a major surprise to those of us who endured the ninety minutes against Stoke on Sunday.

Williamson claims it should be two wins out of two games for Carver, conveniently forgetting that altogether he has been in charge of the players for six matches, with only one win.

Speaking to the official club website, Mike Williamson;

“John Carver has been fantastic in the dressing room.

“He is getting people to understand their roles and makes it clear to anyone coming into the team what he expects from them.”

Carver getting his ideas across…;

“He is getting his ideas across and I think all the lads and the staff are disappointed that it hasn’t been six points across the two games for him.”

“I think there are still a lot of good points to reflect on, it was a good solid performance and we defended really well.”

A great spectacle (Pardew v Carver – Really????);

“It is always a fantastic atmosphere down at Palace anyway, but this time it’s going to have that extra edge.

“I am sure it is going to be a great spectacle for the league and for two teams who will be desperate to get the win and get one over on each other.”

I’m always torn two ways when Mike Williamson comes out with this kind of stuff.

He is clearly a dead canny bloke but what he says here is just an insult to the intelligence and embarrassing cover for what is happening under Mike Ashley and now John Carver.

For Williamson to talk of players knowing what they are doing after his abysmal display just beggars belief. The defender is currently rated worst player on the pitch against Stoke in our interactive player ratings, still time to rate all 14 Newcastle players by going HERE.