John Carver insists: My Newcastle squad are upbeat

Newcastle United have failed to win any of their last nine Premier League matches.

Remarkably, John Carver has told BT Sport that the spirit in Newcastle United's camp is good, as they head into their final two games of the season.

Newcastle take on Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United in their remaining fixtures, with their Premier League safety still far from assured.

The Magpies have failed to win any of their last nine games, but Carver insists that his squad are still positive.

“The spirit has been good – it’s been upbeat," he said. "But we are not taking our eye off the ball because we haven’t done a job yet. There’s a huge job in front of us, starting with Saturday and then the following Sunday, so we need to stay focused.”

If Newcastle's team are still upbeat it shows the mental strength that they have, as many squads would have collapsed under the pressure.

The Magpies have faced criticism from all quarters for their form since Carver took charge and it is hard to think that it hasn't affected the players.

Recent performances have suggested a lack of confidence and organisation, but Carver clearly feels that his team have what it takes to stay up.

Newcastle have two very winnable fixtures ahead of them, against sides that have little to play for, but they will need to address the obvious deficiencies in their side if they are to make it out of trouble.

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