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John Carver’s first game in charge was Newcastle’s last v Burnley – Video

3 years ago

It is two years past January that John Carver first sent his troops into battle after Alan Pardew walked out.

New Year’s day 2015 saw Newcastle host Burnley at St James Park in a 3pm kick-off.

It was a bizarre day all round, as Newcastle played their second home game in a row only four days after Pardew had done a runner after beating Everton.

The match with Burnley actually started off really well, the opening 45 minutes saw Newcastle threaten to blow the visitors away, as it was a far more attacking performance against one of the league’s strugglers than we had endured under Pardew that season.

Local lads Steven Taylor and Jack Colback had put Newcastle two up, well it should have been, their goals on 15 and 26 minutes sandwiching a ridiculous Paul Dummett own goal on 19 minutes.

Newcastle were totally dominant that first half but after a John Carver team talk everything fell apart…

Burnley were totally dominant and equalised through Ings, before Moussa Sissoko (told you it was a strange day) put Newcastle ahead on 78 minutes.

Finally, George Boyd finished the scoring with four minutes to go.

John Carver was insistent after the final whistle that a draw wasn’t a fair result, that Newcastle should have lost!

Watch the highlights below courtesy of Burnley.

John Carver:

“We have got away with a point, we didn’t deserve that.

“I said that to Sean Dyche after the game and I think he thought I was saying we should have won the game, but no, by no means.

Burnley should have won the game.

“I have got two positives: the 45 minutes from the first half and the fact that we haven’t lost the game.

“But overall I’m disappointed, and the disappointment is nothing to do with me as an individual or my future – I’m disappointed because I’m also a fan.

“If I was sitting in the stand, I’d have been going to the pub after the game for a pint, and I’d have been feeling disappointed. It’s hard to enjoy something with that disappointment inside you.

“I have never been involved in a game where that cliche of two halves was so apparent. In the first 45 minutes, we actually played some really good football, probably the best we have played.

“We knew they would come at us in the second half and I think our guys came up against a different style and a different type of football.

“That is not to say they were a long ball team, but they were quite direct and we didn’t know how to deal with that.

“Once they got the ball from back to front, their front players came alive and were outstanding. They caused us lots of problems.”


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