Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat has told the Shields Gazette that his side were 'too negative' against Sunderland.
Newcastle lost 1-0 against the Black Cats at the weekend and Janmaat's comments expose a problem which has been infuriating the supporters ever since John Carver took over.
The interim Newcastle manager appears to have constantly set up his sides in a style which suggests they are afraid to lose, rather than keen to win, and Janmaat gave a damning appraisal of his current boss's tactics after the match.
“The first half was really poor. We were too negative," he said. “The second half was much better, but I think it still was not good enough.”
It should be said that the job Carver took on at Newcastle was not an easy one. He has had to deal with a lack of support for his initial appointment and the side have suffered a number of injury problems since taking over, but he has hardly given himself the best chance of being a success.
Carver should have been looking to provide entertainment to the St. James' Park crowd and he had the perfect opportunity to ensure that Newcastle attempted to play on the front foot.
Too often, though, he has set his team up with their principle objective being to limit the opposition.
It has led to Newcastle's players receiving criticism for showing a lack of heart and desire, but there must be sympathy with the current squad as they are being made to play under obvious restrictions.
These shackles should be removed for the remaining fixtures, with Newcastle having to now make up for the obvious disappointment of losing to Sunderland, but it seems unlikely that Carver will change his tactics - no matter how many different sources tell him they are wrong - and it appears the Magpies' campaign is all set to frustratingly peter out.