John Carver has taken the unusual step of confirming that striker Emmanuel Riviere will definitely start the Leicester match next weekend.
The Newcastle Head Coach believes Riviere played ‘extremely well’ against Swansea before tiring due to lack of match practice.
Carver also admitted just how bad his players are at defending set-plays and has an acceptance about it, which is maybe even stranger than confirming who will and won’t start next weekend’s match already.
“As we know, we are not great at defending set-plays, that was the only way they (Swansea) looked like scoring. So disappointing because I thought we did some really good stuff in the first half.
“We had a game plan and we played with the two strikers and Cabella just in behind. More offensive, so we took a little bit of a risk but I thought we controlled the game and Tim had very little to do – apart from picking the ball out of the net just before half-time.
‘Emmanuel Riviere came in and made a real difference?’
“Yes, I though he played extremely well in the first half; was a good target, a good link, but he;s not played for a while and he has run himself into the ground, so I need to replace him.
“But he’ll start next week, he’ll play in the game next week because I saw enough to start him.”