John Carver looked for positives after he and his team had make it seven defeats out of seven, with a 3-2 home defeat to Swansea.

The Newcastle head coach saying Siem de Jong was a big positive when he got on the pitch and scored, whilst he also claimed that his team had showed character….a surprise to most of us who actually watched the match.

Carver stated that his players had done quite well apart from a five minute period either side of half-time, a spell when Swansea turned a one goal losing margin into a 2-1 lead.

However, he also conced that Newcastle were well and truly in a relegation battle now.

John Carver:

“It is always hard to take when you have lost a game but I actually thought we did quite well in the first half…give or take five minutes just before and after half-time.

“We know for a fact we haven’t got the biggest of sides and a set-play again – we have got to deal with set-plays a lot better.

The only positive:

“I don’t think Tim had a save to make other than pick the ball out of the back of the net in the first half. The only positive I will say is that we got Siem de Jong on the pitch and thankfully he scored.

“I think when you lose so many games your confidence is going to be hit, not just the players but everybody around the stadium, they say ‘here we go again’.”

Showing character:

“What I will say is that they showed character and kept going until the end.

“It has been a (relegation) battle for about four or five weeks and we know we are in a battle now, so we can’t hide from it.”