Tuesday 16 January 2018

Carver: We have six cup finals to save Newcastle's season

John Carver
John Carver

Newcastle boss John Carver accepts the pressure is on as his side head into their final six games with their top-flight status still not secured.

The Magpies slipped to a fifth successive Premier League defeat at Liverpool on Monday, a result that did little to ease fears they could yet be sucked into relegation trouble. Newcastle remain in the relative safety of 13th place with 35 points but the sides below them have been eating into their cushion. They are nine points above the relegation zone but with some awkward-looking games in their run-in, including this weekend's home clash with Tottenham and matches against fellow battlers Leicester, West Brom and QPR.

Carver said: "We have got six cup finals. We need points. We have got four home games, two away, and it is important when we play those home games our fans are right behind us."

It looked like being a long night for Newcastle and their fans as Liverpool dominated the early proceedings at Anfield, with Raheem Sterling setting up their 2-0 win with a brilliant ninth-minute opener.

Liverpool secured victory through Joe Allen after 70 minutes, and Newcastle's misery was complete when Moussa Sissoko was shown a late red card.

Carver at least felt his side had shown the right spirit after their recent derby loss to Sunderland. He said: "The pleasing thing from my point of view was our response. We have responded from that dreadful performance against Sunderland. Anything would have been better than what we saw against Sunderland."

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