Carver calls for Newcastle to be more professional

first_imgNewcastle manager John Carver called for his side to be more professional, after the Magpies conceded a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Sunday.The 50-year-old looked good for his second consecutive win as head coach, before Peter Crouch struck with a stopper-time header as the Potters exploited the hosts’ lack of organisation in defence. “I’ve told the guys in that dressing room they have to be more professional,” said Carver. “There’s two minutes left on the clock, we’ve got the ball in the final third, we play four five passes backwards to our goalkeeper who kicks it, we’re out of shape and before you know it it’s in the back of the net.“We can’t do that. They’re young players learning their trade.“Why take the free-kick so quickly? The one thing I’ve worked on since taking over is making sure that we’re in a good shape when we take goal kicks and free-kicks and we were too open.”He added: “We’ve got to see games out; you can’t afford to give one opportunity. Really, in the second half they’ve had one opportunity and scored.”Carver also refuted claims that Jack Colback should have been awarded a second yellow card for a tackle on Victor Moses, with Stoke boss Mark Hughes calling for referee Kevin Friend to be “stronger” in producing a red card for the 25-year-old.“Colback is a very competitive footballer and I wouldn’t have him any other way,” Carver said. “But so is Glenn] Whelan, so is [Steven] N’Zonzi, so is [Phil] Bardsley.“This is a competitive league and there are a lot of things that go unpunished. It might have been a suspect tackle, but the referee controlled the game quite well and managed that situation well, so I’ve got no complaints there.”last_img

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