Why Carver's praise of Newcastle shows his own failures

John Carver believes Newcastle showed improvement in their loss to Liverpool.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Carver expressed his belief that Newcastle were improved in their 2-0 loss to Liverpool, despite the negative scoreline.

“I think they got a response,” the head coach said. “They didn’t get a result. But there was a response after last weekend. I’ve seen enough.

“There are positives to take. We held our own for long periods of the game against a top side.”

It is true that only conceding twice to Liverpool should be considered a success, especially after the dreadful performance the Magpies put in against Sunderland, but there were hardly any positives.

Tim Krul is the only reason that the result stayed as low as it was, and although the Magpies should have won a penalty, the Reds really should have netted upwards of four or five goals.

For Carver to see positives from this performance once again shows his failings, and he has done little to suggest that he is the long-term fix needed at St James’ Park.

His win ratio of 15% is shockingly poor, and with six games left of the Premier League campaign, relegation is now a real possibility.

He may be playing with a team hit by injury and suspension, but Carver has tried to take the positives out of a poor performance to satiate the Newcastle fans, and, in doing so, has arguably made a larger fool out of himself.

Carver had little faith in him from the Magpies faithful heading into the game at Anfield, and that faith will be even further displaced in the coming weeks. He has shown little to earn a full-time role in charge of Newcastle in the summer, and Mike Ashley would go even further down in fan’s estimations if the former assistant boss is named in permanent control for next season.

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