John Carver has dismissed criticism of his negative tactics that fans see match after match, claiming he is the most positive person you could meet.

The Newcastle Head Coach says he ‘doesn’t put shackles’ on his players but after watching Ayoze Perez marooned up front on his own against Sunderland, supporters will be very interested to hear how Carver justifies that.

He also stated (as he did before the match) that you can be assured that any side of his would give it everything, yet in this post-match interview to Sky, John Carver had to embarrassingly admit that his players hadn’t given it 100%:

“We were abysmal in the first half, I always say a side of mine will give 100% but we didn’t.

“We were so negative. I want them to be exciting, but for whatever reason we were so negative out there. We weren’t at the races, but at least we had a go in the second half.”

Huffing and puffing:

“It was a world class strike on Jermain Defoe’s weaker foot but if we had gone in at half-time goalless we’d have been delighted because we were second best.

“We huffed and puffed (in 2nd half) but it wasn’t good enough. We were so negative, every day we go onto the training ground and I’m the most positive person.”

Not happy with other units:

“I don’t put shackles on players, I want the players to be exciting because I have been around exciting teams.

“The back four is a makeshift back four, they stuck to their jobs along with the goalkeeper and they deserve credit, but the other units I’m not happy with.”

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