Newcastle United caretaker manager John Carver has told the Chronicle what disappointed him about the defeat against Chelsea last weekend.
Carver was left frustrated by his side’s inability to maintain their focus for 90 minutes as well as not creating enough good chances during the game, which he’s confirmed are areas the team has been working on this week.
“Obviously, you would like to do it for 90 minutes, but we were playing against the side who were top of the league,” said Carver.
“But I have had another week to prepare and that’s why I think the results should be proven again on the pitch, and hopefully they will be.”
“The disappointing thing was we didn’t create too much in the second half, but I take so many positives from it.”
Getting a team to maintain their focus for 90 minutes is a problem that managers all over the country will encounter on a weekly basis.
It will be frustrating for Carver because the quality in the Premier League is so high, it only takes a few seconds of a defence switching off for a player to score and make the difference in a big game.
As for creating chances, it was always going to be difficult when Chelsea got ahead because Jose Mourinho is one of the best in the business when it comes to setting up his team to close out games.
Newcastle’s next opponents, Southampton, did a similar job against Manchester United last weekend so the Magpies need to try and find a way to be a bit more creative, whether they’re playing on the counter attack or building pressure through midfield.
Newcastle are tenth in the table heading into the game against Southampton this weekend and will be determined to avoid slipping into the bottom half.