Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Carver admitted that his squad are showing a great sense of togetherness due to the injury struggles they have had to endure.
The temporary boss said: “Sometimes when you’re down to the bare bones, people come together and stick together, and I’ve certainly seen that in the performances.”
The state of Carver’s squad has seen the head coach utilise Dutch full-back Daryl Janmaat in a central defensive role, and play young prospect Adam Armstrong in the frontline.
While results have been poor with the team in this state, with Carver only picking up two wins in his time in charge, there is a sense of togetherness around the squad not seen under Alan Pardew. The second half performance in the loss to Arsenal showed a great deal of character, and although they could not gain a point, there was much to be admired in the way the team worked for one another.
It is hard to pinpoint why such an effect has taken place, with the presence of young Tyneside-born players maybe increasing the local pride in the squad, but it certainly shines well on Carver as a head coach, and his ability to bring a poor squad together could be the thing that sees him remain in control of the Magpies into next season.