Neville slams Newcastle's players; Keown sends out warning to Magpies squad

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Newcastle United's performance against Everton drew criticism from Phil Neville and Martin Keown.

Phil Neville and Martin Keown did not hold back with their criticism of Newcastle United on BBC programme Match of the Day 2 last night.

Newcastle lost 3-0 to Everton yesterday and their performance at Goodison Park was one which drew a lot of criticism from Neville and Keown.

The BBC punditry duo both slammed the team's mentality and Keown even sent out a warning to the squad over relegation. 

"They [the fans] deserve more," Neville said. "I have sympathy for them. It looks to me that Newcastle players are on their holidays. They've got their flip-flops on. To win football matches you've got gamble, you've got to risk. All game they got into really good positions, but they never really threatened or wanted to do that bit extra to actually go an gamble.

"I think for John Carver he's got nine games left to get his job at the end of the season and he has to do something now, really drastic, to change their mentality."

Keown agreed, saying: "I don't think anybody just above the bottom, after Burnley's win, can put their flip-flops on. They've got to get back out to work. They're on 35 points, but they need to get to 40 to be sure to stay up."

Newcastle should have enough to remain clear of trouble, but John Carver's time in charge so far has been a huge disappointment.

Carver has won just two of his first 11 games as manager and Magpies fans are almost unanimous in hoping that he does not get given the permanent job at the end of the season.

Although the managerial uncertainty at St. James' Park has not helped, the players also must shoulder some responsibility for Newcastle's poor form.

Too often they have rolled over and not applied themselves well enough to win games and yesterday's match was another example of their poor attitude. 

Newcastle now have the challenge of recovering enough to pick up some points from their remaining nine games, but unless they start to show more fight it could be a nervy end of the season for them. 

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