John Carver says that the Newcastle players ‘answered one or two of their critics’ on Sunday afternoon.

The 5- 1 win over Tottenham being the surprise result of the weekend but sadly too little too late.

Despite the answering of one or two critics by the team, John Carver says that he is ‘obviously still disappointed that we were relegated’.

As for those who John Carver says were critical of the way the Newcastle team celebrated on Sunday, he thinks it is at least partly justified due to the pressure they were under.

Carver is hoping for positive news in the next day or two, saying that if Rafa Benitez agrees to stay ‘It will give everybody a boost’ after the nightmare of relegation.

Not sure what to make of this John Carver comment: ‘when you have a stadium that is right behind the manager, it can make such a difference to the performance’.

Maybe he still feels aggrieved about his time at Newcastle when he almost relegated the team from what seemed an impossible position.

The fans certainly stayed with Steve McClaren way past the point where it was clear he didn’t have a clue, whilst from day one Rafa Benitez has had 100% support from the supporters but the manager and fans can’t do it alone – they do need the players to also chip in a little bit…

John Carver talking to Sky Sports:

“You can see from the reaction at the weekend, that when you have a stadium that is right behind the Manager, it can make such a difference to the performance.

“We knew the performance was in there somewhere but we just had to get it out of them.

“It looks like Rafa is the guy that got it out of them and it was so pleasing.

“Everybody has been quite critical of the celebrations and the players celebrating – but you know they were under a little bit of pressure to put in a performance, after the disappointment at Villa.

“They did that, they answered one or two of their critics.

“Obviously still disappointed that we were relegated but that news could change in the next twenty four, forty eight hours, if Rafa agrees to stay and lead the club through the Championship.

“It will give everybody a boost after the huge disappointment (of relegation).”