John Carver explains what frustrates him most about Newcastle

Carver is frustrated with the poor goals Newcastle are conceding.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Carver has admitted that he is getting frustrated due to the state in which Newcastle are conceding poor goals.

The interim head coach said: “The thing that frustrates me more than anything is that I do all my preparation all week, and it’s not fantastic goals that are opening us up. We’re not losing because Arsenal have put five fantastic passes together and that’s the ball in the back of the net.

“The two goals against Arsenal were set plays. Spurs’ equaliser, a set play. Leicester, three set plays.”

Carver is right to highlight the poor state of the goals being conceded by the Magpies in recent weeks, with Saturday’s loss to Leicester a case in point.

The opening Leonardo Ulloa strike was a header from a corner, complete with some poor defending, whilst the second goal was fairly similar - a free kick with no real defensive positioning from the Magpies back line.

Carver has a right to complain, as on the pitch he can do nothing to influence the defensive shape.

However, he is the man who has supposedly spent all week training these players, and he cannot be blameless for the way his team are set up. If he had coached them correctly, the Magpies would not be conceding goals from weak set pieces, and they would arguably not be in the same predicament as they are now.

The Newcastle players do deserve criticism, as they are Premier League level defenders, who should not be conceding from such events as a corner inside the opening minute of a game.

Yet Carver is ultimately culpable, as he is the man paid to organise his team, and his criticism of his players will do little to increase the faith in him - from either the fans, or the squad.

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