Newcastle United manager John Carver has suggested to BBC Match of the Day that he will not be too harsh on Mehdi Abeid for his mistake against Manchester United on Wednesday.
Abeid made an error of judgment in the 89th minute when under pressure from Wayne Rooney, he played the ball back to Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Krul’s clearance was weak, and Ashley Young capitalised on it to slam the ball home and earn United a 1-0 away win.
Carver was disappointed with the final result, but he was not too harsh on Abeid, who was featuring in only his ninth Premier League match of the season against United.
"I'm devastated for our guys,” the 50-year-old told BBC Match of the Day. “The goal at the end the way it came, young Abeid has learned a harsh lesson, he is learning the game.”
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, though, was fuming at Abeid’s mistake and posted the following messages on social networking site Twitter.
Who made that back pass? Probably the worst I've ever seen. #TheToon— Shaka Hislop (@ShakaHislop) March 4, 2015
While many Newcastle fans will not be pleased with Abeid’s mistake especially as it came in the final minutes of the game, one needs to remember that he is only 22 years of age and is still learning.
The Algeria Under-23 international is a very talented midfielder, and one big mistake at St. James’ Park should not define him.