Newcastle boss John Carver: We must improve our discipline
Newcastle head coach John Carver (left) has ordered his players to improve their discipline after stand-in skipper Moussa Sissoko became the latest man to earn himself a ban.
The Frenchman will sit out the Magpies' next two games after being sent off for a second bookable offence on Monday night, an ugly tackle on Liverpool's Lucas Leiva which could easily have earned him a straight red card.
With captain Fabricio Coloccini just back from his own three-match ban and striker Papiss Cisse four games into a mammoth seven-match suspension, Carver could well have done without losing perhaps his key midfielder for the second time this season, and has said as much to the player.
The 50-year-old said: "He knows he was wrong. He was quite fortunate he didn't get a straight red card, which would have made it a three-match ban. He agreed with me and apologised afterwards to Lucas - and rightly so.
"We saw some light at the end of the tunnel, thinking we were getting Coloccini back, then we lost Moussa. You think a captain would lead by example.
"We have to improve our discipline, which hasn't been great. It's something we are looking at."
The rash of suspensions could hardly have come at a worse time for Newcastle, who have lost their last five Premier League games on the trot and are still not mathematically assured of a place in next season's top flight.
Injuries have taken their toll too with Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote all out for the remainder of the campaign.