Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's a Thin Line for JC between Getting the Points and Attacking; Great Done. Great Opinions

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's a Thin Line for JC between Getting the Points and Attacking; Great Done. Great Opinions

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Byline: LOVENKRANDS

JOHN CARVER is trying to do the right things as Newcastle United head coach.

He tried to see the game out and go to get the win but, of course, fans want to see goals and exciting football.

You have to remember, though, that he is under a little bit of pressure as he has the job until the end of the season and has to deliver points and results.

That's what he was trying to do at Crystal Palace.

All managers are different, perhaps some would have taken a chance at 1-0 up - put on another striker and went for it a little bit more.

JC was trying to be calmer about it and at 1-1 just made sure they saw the game out without a defeat.

They ended up with a point. I don't think it was that bad and you can't really pull him up too much.

It also depends on what you have the bench.

You want players with stability in midfield, but also players who will break forward and win you the game.

If you don't have them you have to look at what's available and go with what you've got.

If you don't have somebody that will help you defensively and going forward it can be tough.

It could be worse for Newcastle after two draws and a win in the three games since JC got the job.

The Stoke game was the biggest kick in the teeth, though. United were 1-0 up and the game should really have been in the bag before Peter Crouch scored.

There was no danger whatsoever when that ball got crossed in. It was half way down the side of Newcastle's half of the field and it should never have been a goal.

They should have done better to avoid the cross.

It wasn't a good goal to lose and I can understand the frustration of the fans because it was three points in the bag and two points dropped.

The Palace game was different as Alan Pardew's side started really well and put the pressure on.

To go ahead through Papiss Cisse was good but it was a case of 'one chance - one goal.'.

There was pressure from then on because Palace kept pushing and got the equaliser. …

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