No surprise to see John Carver wanting to make the non-penalty decision a major topic after the match but the Newcastle Head Coach wasn’t fooling anybody with what else he had to say.
I saw an understrength Liverpool side take an early lead and who then dominated, should have been at least three up, then they got complacent and Newcastle got in their box a few times and a clumsy challenge should have seen a penalty awarded for a challenge on Ayoze Perez.
Raheem Sterling scored that first goal but should have had a minimum of another two to take the match ball home. Missing absolute sitters.
According to John Carver though, if Newcastle repeat tonight’s performance then ‘there won’t be a problem’.
Yes John, there won’t be a problem of having to look for the petty cash tin to pay out any win bonuises for the foreseeable!
“Once we went 1-0 down we seemed to grow in the game, we were on the front foot and didn’t get a major decision.
“I keep coming in front of the camera and talking about it but everyone out there has seen it is a penalty, even Brendan said straight away it is a penalty. I will phone Mike Riley tomorrow, he will probably agree but it gets us nothing.”
“We have six cup finals and we need to pick up some points by hook or by crook and that is why our fans are going to be important to us. I have enough belief in this group of lads and if we see anything near what I saw tonight there won’t be a problem.
“I thought it was good reaction after last weekend. We had energy and caused Liverpool some real problems…we were tentative in the first ten minutes but we grew into the game.”