John Carver wants Newcastle players to show character in final match against West Ham

Newcastle United may have to beat West Ham United on Sunday if they are to stay in the Premier League.

Newcastle United manager John Carver has revealed the motivational tactic he has used in training this week to the Shields Gazette.

The Magpies head into their match against West Ham United at the weekend knowing that they have to win if they are to ensure their status as a Premier League side and keep their fate in their own hands.

It is a huge game for the future of the football club, but Newcastle head into it in worrying circumstances.

The North East outfit have not won any of their last 10 games, meaning that confidence levels are very low, with the pressure rising.

Newcastle will, therefore, have to show a lot of fight on the final day and Carver has already tried to gauge which players are up for the battle.

"Forget about what’s gone on in the past, this is effectively a season in a week now,” he said. “I said ‘if anybody doesn’t fancy it, if anybody wants to back-bite, if anybody wants to be negative – there’s the door’.

“Steve Stone opened the door, and I told them to leave the room. I told them I was ready for a fight, and not one person got up and left.”

Newcastle's game against West Ham offers them a decent opportunity to get the win they so desperately crave, as the London outfit have very little to play for.

The Hammers are destined to finish in mid-table and they appear to have taken their foot off the gas, but Newcastle will have to improve markedly if they are to take advantage of this.

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