Tuesday 25 September 2018

Newcastle boss John Carver imposes media ban as relegation panic grips St James'

John Carver has yet to discuss his Newcastle future
John Carver has yet to discuss his Newcastle future

John Carver will impose a media blackout on his Newcastle players in one final bid to complete their Premier League relegation escape.

Saturday's 2-1 loss at already-relegated QPR means Newcastle will go into their final-day match against West Ham at St James' Park still at risk of the drop, only two points clear of Hull in 18th.

"I'll tell the players to keep away from the TV and going online, to keep them focused on preparation," said Carver.

"If you take your eye off the ball you get punished, and we've got to keep our focus sharp. It's still in our hands, and if you want it enough then you can do something about it.

"We've got a week to get our heads around this situation."

Carver (below) admitted the weight of expectation could have contributed to Saturday's defeat as Newcastle threw away a lead and missed the chance to secure their place in the top flight.

Emmanuel Riviere claimed his first Premier League goal in 22 appearances. Carver's men controlled the contest until the break, but QPR wrestled victory through goals from Matt Phillips and then Leroy Fer.



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