JOHN Carver has hit out at the way his Newcastle United players saved their best football against Everton until the “pressure” was off.
The Magpies lost 3-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday – but it could have been worse after seeing skipper Fabricio Coloccini sent off with just over half an hour remaining.
Why would players start playing when they are down to 10 men?John Carver
While Carver was pleased by the fighting spirit his side showed in creating two good opportunities, he was left frustrated by the fact they didn’t start the game in a similar vein.
Coloccini was sent off with Newcastle trailing 2-0, and Carver admitted that the overall pattern before and after the red card left him “worried”.
He said: “We conceded the second goal and went down to 10 men, and then we actually created our best two chances of the game.
“That is good, in a sense, because it proved people hadn’t thrown the towel in and given up. But it worries you – why would players start playing when they’re down to 10 men?
“The pressure’s not on you, you’ve lost a man and you’re 2-0 down, and players want to play.
“Well, that’s not for me.
“You’ve got to play from the first whistle, 11 v 11, and give it your best, and it’s disappointing that’s what happened.
“If we had played the way we did when we were down to 10 men, we wouldn’t have been 2-0 down.”
Carver felt Newcastle should have had a penalty for handball early on when James McCarthy blocked Mike Williamson’s effort on the line.
United have been awarded just one spot-kick so far this season in the Premier League – converted by Papiss Demba Cisse on Boxing Day in a 3-1 loss at Manchester United – and Carver is frustrated by that statistic.
He added: “We talk about the first goal in every football match. It’s so important in the Premier League.
“It was a good save initially, and then the follow-up I thought was a handball, but we don’t get handballs at our football club, for some reason.
“We don’t get penalties – I can’t remember the last time we had one, actually – but there was still a long, long way to go.
“If it is a handball, it’s a sending off, and they’re down to 10 men. We know how difficult it is with 10 men, so it might have changed the game.
“People have this saying that things even themselves out.
“I don’t know where that comes from, because I’m not seeing it.
“People are honest, they make decisions and they see what they see. Obviously they didn’t see it.
“But when it was 11 v 11, we were second best.”