Has Carver given Sunderland a timely boost ahead of Tyne-Wear derby?

Interim head coach John Carver expressed concern at how his defence would cope without Fabricio Coloccini after Sunday's red card invoked a three-match ban.

The 59th minute dismissal of Newcastle's Argentine captain for a lunge on Everton's Aaron Lennon did not affect the outcome of the Barclays Premier League game, with the Geordies already two goals adrift on their way to a comprehensive 3-0 reverse, but manager John Carver has bemoaned the loss of his captain with some key games on the horizon.

Carver hinted the club might look to appeal the straight red card, having looked at replays that appeared inconclusive, but if a three-match ban is dealt out Coloccini will miss the home game with Arsenal and two tough away trips to Sunderland and Liverpool.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Carver inadvertently gave Sunderland a much-needed boost ahead of the Easter weekend derby game on April 5th, claiming: "The biggest disappointment is missing our defender and captain for the derby game. Our record is not good against Sunderland so we needed him for that. We will just have to deal with it."

With Sunderland losing 4-0 at home to Aston Villa on Saturday and uncertainty surrounding the future of manager Gus Poyet, Carver's admission of a recent frailty against their bitter rivals, and a further vulnerability caused by his captain's absence, will be just the encouragement the Black Cats need. 

For their part, Newcastle were never in the game at Goodison Park, as the rejuvenated Toffeemen swept to a second victory of the week with goals from James McCarthy, a Romelu Lukaku penalty and Ross Barkley. Carver didn't look to use the second half red card incident as an excuse, he claimed that his team "started brightly" but also conceded that "Even at 11 v 11 we were second best."

Newcastle will now discuss the red card incident involving Coloccini and decide whether to appeal or accept the three match ban that will leave them thin on the ground for defenders.

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