Newcastle reserves played Middlesbrough at St. James’ Park last night in front of 761 spectators and amongst those watching United lose 1-0 was Newcastle Head Coach John Carver.

Emmanuel Ledesma had put the visitors a goal up after only six minutes but afterwards Peter Beardsley was keen to talk about the impact John Carver had made at half-time…;

“In the first half them scoring early knocked us, at half-time JC came in and had a word.

“We had a word and tried to focus the players’ minds and in the second half they played really well.”

To be fair:

“To be fair to JC he always comes in and he is always part of it, he always has a real interest in the youngsters.

“He has been through the system so he knows what they are going through, he has got the experience.”

Trailing by a goal at the break, Newcastle failed to score in the second-half and had defender Macauley Gillesphey sent off for a a daft challenge when he was already on a yellow card.

Some impact!

In the crazy world of Newacstle United, this appears a very hamfisted attempt to try and restore a bit of credibility to John Carver, who after Sunday’s latest embarrassment currently rates somewhere south of zero in terms of belief from the supporters.

Clearly Beardsley and the club were keen to make this the message to come out of last night’s reserve game…John Carver inspiring the kids, he really cares, he’s always there, shows his commitment…

However, like everything else at the club this ridiculous attempt at positive PR is transparent and counterproductive.

The reserves making it ten matches without a win (so if ‘JC always comes in’ it is hardly a help!) and haven’t had a victory for four months, plus more indiscipline at the club as Macauley Gillesphey was sent off only 13 minutes after John Carver’s uplifting half-time chat.

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