John Carver claims that any side of his will not be faulted for lack of effort when they play Sunderland.

How exactly this squares with the Newcastle Head Coach’s previous admission that the statistics showed that the last four derby games (all defeats) showed Sunderland had worked harder than the Newcastle team, that is a Newcastle team that John Carver was responsible for helping to prepare as Pardew’s assistant…

Carver also highlights the intensity of the derby experience at his pre-match press conference by saying that playing golf midweek, it took him 6 hours to play a game because everybody wanted to talk to him.

I wouldn’t have minded eavesdropping on those conversations and what fans were ‘advising’ him to do…

“All week they (the fans) will have been talking about it: in the streets, at work – as I have done.

“I was on the golf course yesterday and the number of people who wanted to stop me…it took me 6 hours to play a game of golf.”

No lack of effort:

“That is because everybody cares, everybody wants to talk about it, everybody wants a piece of it.

“What I can guarantee is this: any side of mine playing against Sunderland will not be faulted for lack of effort, for lack of determination.”

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