The only thing Carver should be working on in Newcastle United training

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Newcastle United's defensive discipline slipped to allow Stoke City to equalise yesterday.

With only a few minutes left to run in Newcastle United’s game against Stoke City, John Carver would have been delighted.

Jack Colback’s goal put the Magpies in a great position and they looked as though they were going to secure another win after the positive performance against Hull City.

However, Stoke boss Mark Hughes threw on striker Peter Crouch, Newcastle let their defensive discipline slip, Crouch scored and Carver’s post-match team talk changed completely.

The manner of the late goal they conceded is disappointing and the team’s ability to concentrate late into games may be something that Carver works on ahead of the game against Crystal Palace.

Palace boss Alan Pardew will know every inch of this Newcastle side so it’s important Carver stresses the need for his defence to hold out under heavy pressure the next time they are protecting a narrow lead.

Credit has to go to Hughes for throwing a different player on and doing something different, but Newcastle should have been switched on to the physical threat he posed.

It seemed too simple for him to push away from his man and get a decisive header on the ball, which turned out to cost Newcastle two points.

There is plenty to be positive about from the last two games but with the importance of Newcastle finishing in the top ten very high, this is something that Carver should be all over in training.

It’s also important that the key leaders in the team step up and prevent something similar from happening against Palace and any other side over the rest of the season.

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