John Carver has said that if United had got beat by Hull, he would have got stick off Newcastle fans after leaving Yoan Gouffran out of his starting line-up today.

The Frenchman had failed to score for over a year before a Southampton defender blasted it off him and into the net in the last home match.

Today, Gouffran appeared as a late substitute and got an almost equally fortunate goal as his left footed shot took a wicked deflection for Newcastle’s third goal.

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After the match John Carver was asked; ‘Was it a brave call leaving Gouffran out?’

“Well it was because it is important we start winning football matches and we have done that today.

“When you win it is a great decision but if we’d lost then people might have questioned that decision.

“The important thing though is we have a group of players to win games.”

I have to say that I believe 100% that if Newcastle had ended up getting beat by Hull, not a single fan would have been saying ‘If only we’d had Yoan Gouffran on the pitch..’

However, just like they say about managers, better to have a lucky one than a good one. Message to Yoan Gouffran – stay lucky!


  • LeazesEnder

    I think you need a comma after the word ‘lost’, …just saying like!

  • amacdee

    have to say that I believe 100% that if Newcastle had ended up getting
    beat by Hull, not a single fan would have been saying ‘If only we’d had
    Yoan Gouffran on the pitch..’”
    Pardwho would’ve played him so thats a tick in Carver’s box. Goof was left out because he wasnt contributing. I know that, the fans know that so now hopefully Carver knows it ? .

  • Gordonthetoony

    On his showing this season Gouffran was exactly where he should be, on the subs bench.

  • Bornunderabigbluestar

    LeazesEnder I am also secretly correcting the grammar

  • jimblag

    He must be pretty out of touch with the fans then, what is he saying?

  • No Brainer

    Headline is a load of Bo larks then.
    Really are sad bunch of people who try to hang some one for the potential term/meaning of any  phrase they say.
    You are a sad man John

  • No Brainer

    amacdee  if you read the quotes above none of this is reported as being said by Carver

  • Charvers Army

    We probably won because Gouffran wasn’t playing.
    There have only been 4 league games he’s not started:
    Liverpool – Won 1-0 (our first good performance of the season)
    WBA – Won 2-0 (our 2nd good performance)
    Chelsea – Won 2-1 (our 3rd good performance)
    Hull – Won 3-0
    He’s started 19 games of which we’ve only won 4 (Undeserved lucky wins against Spurs & Leicester, a scrappy win against QPR & a decent win against Everton)

    He missed also missed the 3 victorys in the league cup including Man City. The only game he didn’t start and we did not win was Leicester in the FA Cup when we played the kids.

    Without Gouffran (P8 W7 D0 L1)
    With Gouffran    (P20 W4 D6 L10)

    I rest my case.

  • Mal44

    Agreed. Unfortunately we get a lot of articles like that on this website.

  • vbhgft

    Charvers Army “Underserved lucky wins against Spurs ad Leicester?” What the hell is wrong with you, man? Were you at Spurs? Yes, we did not play well in the first half but were excellent in the second half and scored two good goals, Cabella could have had another. It was an excellent away win against a good team. Leicester was a win we marginally deserved and scored another good goal. QPR we ground out, scoring yet another well-constructed goal against a team who set out to defend for 90 minutes.

    Today we have had another good win and you choose to sully it by your frankly pathetic tirade against one of our players. Shame on you. The team don’t need your “support”. The same applies to most of the people who write articles in this publication.

  • DavidDrape

    I was at spurs and agree with jm. 2nd half we took 2 good chances but hung on. Defended well with backs against the wall. I cud tell but toon fans reaction we lucky to get points. Putting the ball across the box and nearly having someone on the end of it I wouldn’t count as spurs hsd many similar

  • No Brainer

    vbhgft Charvers Army That qpr goal remember was from a ball won near his own 18 yard line by guess who- answers on a post car….nope just a post below will do.

  • cwtoon88

    shows how much of a clue he has when he comes out with that

    Bet he thinks it was his genius that had us winning today as well, play negative and wait for a opoosition mistake. Great stuff John

  • cwtoon88

    No Brainer vbhgft Charvers Army To be fair, you could go through the games and find negative contributions of Gouffran as well. Gouffran is very bad for losing his man usually the fullback when he is coming back

  • Carver for North Korea


  • No Brainer

    Cartoon jibverishTo be fair.. You good loik at every game alan shearer played in and find something he did not get right. You have a look at midfielder stats from the PL from the last coupke of years I would think he is right up there

  • No Brainer

    So lets get this straight you think the players ciuld do much much better. So tell us clever clogs how would you do differently

  • mattmattmattmatt


  • No Brainer

    Thats rich!

  • NatTurner

    If we lost fans would ask why Carver was left in.

  • Maximus Moose

    Caver must live in a Bubble, similar to the idiot on here No brainer More like no BRAIN !

  • No Brainer

    Bubble Bubble, why thank yee kindly Mr Maximass Moose.

  • vbhgft

    DavidDrape You are unbelievable! So, we held on to win away from home against a very good attacking team – and you see that as a bad thing? A reason to criticise us? Would rather we had lost 5-0?

    Premiership games are so well contested these days that in most of them both teams have a go and the winning team have to hang on for a bit, particularly away from home.

  • No Brainer

    Maybe professional pundits summarising a game betwee chelsea and nan city are wrong in suggestibg that Chelsea the league leasers hung on for a draw

  • Charvers Army

    vbhgft DavidDrape Tottenham looked like they were going to put 5 past us. They were cruising because it was that easy. They took their foot off the pedal thinking it was in the bag. Probably the worst 45 minutes of the season and then Sammy got one from nowhere and we somehow hung on and added another. Leicester was one of those games neither team deserved to win, as was the QPR game. Maybe we slightly edged those games but we did not play well.

    The games I’ve highlighted as us playing well are ones where there is no doubt that we were the superior team. The only time I’ve seen us play well this year with Gouffran in the team was the 0-2 loss to Chelsea but even then he was anonymous and can’t take much credit for the way the rest of the team played.
    If we play 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 then both wingers have to offer an attacking threat. The systems don’t work when you have a spare left-back on the pitch instead of a winger/ attacker.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    vbhgft So, Mr High and Mighty, who believes football should be gentrified to get rid of the ‘reeking masses’ and the future is people like yourself ………………… were you actually at the match? Did you get your shiny [email protected] off that seat in the Platinum Club and go down to Hull?
    I very much doubt it. I think you are nowt but a Walter Mitty who likes to Troll.
    T’was a good result and much needed. BUT, the same old lone striker and a formation straight out of the Pardew game book. I’ll give JC the benefit of doubt but he needs to start making the team look like his and do something different. 4-5-1 which is really how we played is just more of the same old stuff.

  • vbhgft

    Charvers Army vbhgft DavidDrape

  • vbhgft

    Sickandtiredstill vbhgft Yes, I was there, unfortunately rubbing shoulders with the great unwashed which is the norm for away games these days.

    I bet it sickened you that we won.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    vbhgft Sickandtiredstill Vermin? Oh how I’d love to actually meet you at a match. Troll.

  • vbhgft

    Sickandtiredstill vbhgft I’d love to meet you too. Then I could look down my nose at you.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    vbhgft Sickandtiredstill name a time and place mate. You’ll have no nose left to look down.
    Your own comments previously of how you like to ‘go along’ every couple of weeks just goes to show what a complete Walt you actually are. Home game Platinum Club lacky who has the audacity to think he’s better than the rest of us.

    You are indeed the future of football at NUFC under the slug.

  • vbhgft

    Sickandtiredstill vbhgft How about the school gates at 4 o’clock? Or maybe the urinals so we can see who can p** the furthest.

    You pitiful nonentity.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    vbhgft Sickandtiredstill Save time. RVI casualty – you’ll need it.


  • vbhgft

    Sickandtiredstill vbhgft

    These are the away games I have attended this season –

    Palace (Cup)
    West Brom
    West Ham
    Leicester (cup)

    Funny how those of your ilk always resort to threats of violence when someone disagrees with them.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    vbhgft Sickandtiredstill It’s a pretty normal response to a Troll who calls everyone else the ‘reeking masses’ or the ‘great unwashed’.
    Your anonymity on here allows you to say things you wouldn’t have the balls to say at any football match or to any other supporter in real life.
    I’ll disagree with you all day everyday when you hold and promote the opinions you do about NUFC supporters.

  • hettonmag

    Sickandtiredstill vbhgft  Well said  mate

  • alreet

    Yea coz hes been player of the season so far. Woteva. We should have won by more yesterday if we were a little faster on the counter. They gave us the ball for all of the goals. Can we beat teams that hold it a little better and who arent in the bottom 5.

  • Toonbadger

    Sickandtiredstill vbhgft  FFS will you 2 get a room

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