John Carver was in magical form after the feeble surrender against Everton, saying that he hasn’t the abiility of illusionist Harry Houdini, plus he doesn’t possess a Harry Potter style magic wand.

The Newcastle Head coach clearly feeling the strain as he faces problems on numerous fronts.

Carver claims that most fans ‘understand’ the position he is in, well that may be true up to a point but it isn’t a great defence against the stick that he is getting.

He has taken the job knowing what the situation is.

A squad that isn’t big enough because Mike Ashley refuses to allow sufficient players to be brought in, then in January sat back and watched Ashley sell Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and loan out Davide Santon with the intention of selling him as well.

That meant Newcastle were only one defensive injury away from being right on the edge and when Dummett was ruled out for the season, Newcastle were left with only four defenders.

At that point he should have insisted a condition of taking the job was that he could bring in at least one defender, even if just on loan.

It is no good turning around now and complaining about the situation he is in.

As for the team selection yesterday, in the away end the fans couldn’t believe that both Cabella and Perez were left on the bench, whilst Riviere, Ameobi, Gouffran and Obertan were chosen ahead of them. Even if Cabella could only play 45 minutes he should have been on the pitch, not wait until we were already beaten.

John Carver:

“I am not Harry Houdini. I am working with the group of players I have and I can’t just wave a magic wand to bring anybody in from the outside.

“I will though give the situation everything and work with what I have, I think that the majority of fans understand that.”

It is not silly injuries:

“I am not losing people through silly training ground injuries, I am losing them through silly red and yellow cards. I have a huge, huge injury list at St James’ Park and I’m working with what I have got.”

You think you’re getting somewhere..;

“You think you are getting somewhere on the squad size front, Jack Colback back from suspension, Remy Cabella and Rob Elliot coming back.

“You think you are getting somewhere then all of a sudden you could lose your captain for three games, a defender which we are not blessed with many of.”

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