John Carver says that he simply said to the Newcastle players before the Arsenal game, to be proud to wear the balck and white shirt.
A poor first half and a much better seond one, suggests that Carver had to give them a reminder about the pride bit during the break.
The Newcastle Head Coach was gutted about the nature of the goals conceded and I must admit I was amazed that Arsenal didn’t score one of their typical goals in the ninety minutes.
Ironically it was Newcastle who scored an Arsenal-type goal, whilst instead the visitors scored two soft goals from set-plays.
Both Mike Williamson and Vurnon Anita guilty of some third-rate defending.
“I said to them just be proud of wearing the shirt, give the fans something to shout about, because that’s all that they are asking for.
“It’s amazing, once we got on the front foot and all of a sudden the team came alive, the stadium comes alive – nice to see.
Kicking every ball:
“I am exhausted to be honest as I think I have kicked every ball.
“What I will say is it was a fantastic performance by the eleven boys, plus Jonas Gutierrez coming on, then giving a performance like that, I am so proud of them.
What a finish:
“We scored an Arsenal-type goal, great build-up play down the right-hand side, then a cut back and what a finish by Moussa Sissoko.
“What’s disappointing is the type of goals that we have conceded – two from set plays, they haven’t opened us up.”