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Monday 5 December 2016

Newcastle boss John Carver hails end to 'toughest week' after draw with Baggies

John Carver
John Carver

Newcastle United manager John Carver said Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Brom had ended "probably the toughest week of my life" and that a huge point would be crucial in their battle to avoid relegation.

The draw gave Newcastle their first Premier League point since February and halted a run of eight successive defeats which had dragged them from mid-table security into a relegation battle.

After a toothless 3-0 defeat by resurgent Leicester City last weekend Carver suggested his defender Mike Williamson had got himself sent off deliberately. Carver held crisis talk with the board to discuss his future. Having fallen behind to Victor Anichebe's goal on Saturday Newcastle found themselves temporarily in the relegation zone but Ayoze Perez's equaliser lifted them back to 17th place.

"That could be huge," Carver, who was heartened by post-match applause from Newcastle's disgruntled fans, told reporters. It was important to stop the slide and that run of defeats. There has been a lot said in the last week after the Leicester game and rightly so, but there was a response from the players and definitely from the fans."

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