John Carver has informed the Shields Gazette that he has taken encouragement out of Newcastle United's 3-0 defeat to Everton.
The Magpies were well beaten by Everton, but Carver still found reason to be positive after the match.
Most Newcastle supporters had left the game feeling dejected, but the interim manager said that the way his side fought after Fabricio Coloccini was sent off proved their fighting spirit.
“What was encouraging was when we went 2-0 down with 10 men, we had our best opportunities," he said. "It wasn’t a group of people who had given in. We still wanted to get back into the game.”
The comments are sure to frustrate Newcastle supporters, as they seem so directly opposed to the general feeling that came out of the game.
Most fans of the North East club were left angry at the lack of heart the team had shown and Carver's insistence to take positives out of such a bleak match will not do him any favours.
Newcastle supporters are desperate for the manager not to land the permanent job already and statements like this will not help his cause.
Carver has now won just two of his first 11 fixtures as manager and unless he starts to be realistic about his team's performances it is hard to see how things will improve.