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!

John Carver:

“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.”

Good reaction..:

“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.”