John Carver has named those Newcastle players who are above criticism for the latest feeble derby performance and by default told us who he blames.
The Newcastle Head Coach went out of his way to say that Jonas Gutierrez, Mike Williamson, Ryan Taylor, Jack Colback and Daryl Janmaat are ‘void of any criticism’.
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John Carver was asked about Jonas Gutierrez’ performance and told the Shields Gazette:
“He gave me everything and he is void of any criticism along with Ryan Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson and Jack Colback…those five are void of any criticism.
“Let’s face it, five in a row is a long run, maybe one or two people cannot handle it but I won’t go into names.”
Which then leaves Tim Krul, Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, Emmanuel Riviere and Adam Armstrong.
From other comments made by Carver, especially with regard to the incident with Jermain Defoe in the tunnel, I’m guessing that Tim Krul may not be seen as ‘guilty’ for his contribution yesterday.
The same with Adam Armstrong, brought on with 3 minutes to go, the 18 year old surely can’t be blamed.
Which leaves us with Perez, Ameobi, Cabella, Gouffran, Sissoko and Riviere.
In my opinion, Ayoze Perez was totally let down by John Carver (like the rest of us), asked to play up front with zero support and service.
As for the other five, they were all terrible.
Whether they would have done better if John Carver hadn’t been so negative with his tactics…is open to question.
It is all a bit chicken and egg, is the starting point the players not being good enough/committed, or is it the manager/head coach who undermines everything?
Cabella and Sissoko are certainly better than they showed.
Whilst Riviere, Gouffran and Ameobi could and should have done more, they are in no way Premier League standard and the way that Gouffran manages to hide for such long periods….at least he is good at doing something!
The visit to Liverpool on Monday night is looking a nightmare, so interesting to see how John Carver handles those who he has found guilty.