Carver: Disappointed with result, optimistic following the performance

After Newcastle were beaten 2-0 away to Liverpool, manager John Carver admitted he was disappointed with the result, but pleased with a lot of aspects from their performance, reports BBC Sport.

Liverpool went ahead early in the game, and could have been out of sight for the majority of the first-half, but the Magpies fought back in the last few minutes in the opening 45 to threaten an equaliser. They should have had a penalty for their troubles, but referee Lee Mason was unmoved.

Newcastle were strong in the second-half, and came close to scoring, but ultimately lacked the composure and quality in the final third. And while the North-East club fell short when it mattered, Carver was pleased with their attacking performance. He’s also talked up the need to end the season strongly, calling upon the supporters to play their part to help Newcastle turn their season around.

The Magpies have been suffering a poor run of form of late, coinciding with Carver’s appointment as manager until the end of the season, and he’s desperate to end the campaign on a high. The interim manager was quoted as saying: “We have six cup finals and we need to pick up some points by hook or by crook. That is why our fans are going to be important to us. I have enough belief in this group of lads and if we see anything near what I saw tonight there won’t be a problem.”

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