John Carver has claimed that having time to work with the players in advance of Chelsea helped him to put his ideas into practice and with Newcastle the better team in the first half, he believes that this shows he can improve the team.
Harking back to the hectic festive period and especially Alan Pardew dropping him in it by having to prepare for two matches within 48 hours of each other, Carver says that then you only have time to play and then recover.
As the caretaker boss points out, it would have been very interesting if Cabella or Sissoko had put away the chances the created for themselves, or indeed if Fabricio Coloccini hadn’t help gift that vital first goal with some naive play.
“All we were doing over the Christmas period was playing a game, recovery, playing the next game, recovery, so it is nice to have a full week and put your game plan together.
“We did a lot of work on Tuesday, then we did more on Thursday which was nice – I think that showed on the pitch today.”
“I put one or two of my ideas onto the pitch and I think it showed.”
“It is all a little bit unfortunate because we spoke about it yesterday and covered points on short corners, against the best sides they get it down and play quickly then they can hurt you with the quality that they have got.”
Goal at the wrong time;
“I thought if we could get in at 0-0 and regroup again, reinforce some of the game plan points – then we would be OK, but that goal just came at the wrong time.
“We had two or three great chances with Moussa Sissoko hitting the post, then Cabella who was outstanding all day, brought off a great save from the goalkeeper.”
Don’t park the bus;
“We have come here and said ‘Give them some respect but just make sure we don’t just park the bus’, and we did not do that. We took the game to them and I think we actually surprised Jose a little bit, though they got the result and that’s what counts.”