John Carver says that the one positive for Newcastle Unied is that their relegation fate is still in their own hands.

However, the Newcastle Head Coach says that players have to realise they have already been in a relegation fight for a number of weeks already and can’t rely on the other clubs to save them.

Summing up the situation, Carver said the players had to ‘grow up and smell the roses’.

John Carver speaking after United made it eight defeats in a row at Leicester:

“We have been in a relegation battle for two or three weeks.

“They (players) have got to grow up and smell the roses, we are in trouble.”

In our own hands…for now:

“We are in trouble and we can’t keep talking about it, saying next week we’ll do it, next week we’ll do it, and we can’t keep relying on other people.

“At the moment it is on our own hands and I just hope we don’t end up in a situation where it isn’t.”

Newcastle currently stand only two points above the relegation zone and only three clubs between them and the bottom three.

If Hull avoid defeat at home to Arsenal tonight then it will become only Leicester and Sunderland standing between United and that relegation area.

With Leicester’s form and momentum, it is hard to see them not getting out of trouble, so we could be left with the nightmare scenario of a straight battle with Sunderland for that last relegation spot.

About time for the players to be smelling those roses pretty damn quickly.

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