Bobby Moncur has defended Newcastle United’s recent run of poor results in The Chronicle.
Following their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Saturday, Newcastle currently find themselves 12th in the league table with 35 points from 30 matches.
However, the Magpies have been suffering with injuries in recent weeks and had only 13 fit outfield players against Arsenal, as reported by The Guardian.
Former Newcastle defender Moncur seems to sympathise with this problem that Carver has and has written in The Chronicle: “I think John Carver is trying to get as many points as he can, and in the dire circumstances with injuries if he can get anywhere near a top-10 finish then it will be a job well done because of the situation at Newcastle.
“Few teams could cope with losing four or five first-team players. And in Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor and Massadio Haidara the absentees list is there for all to see.”
It is easy to blame Carver for the disappointing on-pitch performances of Newcastle in recent weeks, but the point raised by Moncur is a valid one.
Without the likes of Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote, the Magpies are a much weaker team.
Credit must be given to Carver and his players for staging a fight against Arsenal in the second half of Saturday’s Premier League encounter.
When the Gunners went 2-0 up in the first half, many would have thought that Newcastle would suffer a heavy defeat.
However, the Magpies fought valiantly in the second 45 minutes and could have even snatched a draw.