Things have been testy at St. James Park, as interim manager John Carver had guided the club to eight-straight losses — many uninspired — and a place just outside the drop zone.
Newcastle picked up a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion today, and is a pair of losses and a Hull City win away from relegation. Still, Carver said the group feels okay after Saturday’s draw, and is looking ahead to controlling its own destiny.
[ MATCH RECAP: Newcastle 1-1 West Brom ]
As for his “best manager in the league” self-gloss earlier this week, on the heels of ripping his team for a lack of effort against Leicester City, Carver said he needed to rile up the troops.
From the BBC:
“I think that all the players showed the fight to show what the team and the club means to them. Sometimes you need to stir the hornets’ nest to get us going and maybe some of the things that have happened this week have done that.
“Our destiny is in our own hands and the dressing room is about a million times better than it was after Leicester. We need to show a little more finishing ability, but we have Papiss Cisse back for us after he gave us 20 minutes or so today.”
The Magpies could’ve easily lost the match, with a makeshift back four and several posts struck by West Brom. And Carver may need to rely on Hull City losing the way the Magpies have played. Newcastle has a trip to QPR left before West Ham closes the season at St. James Park. The Tigers visit Spurs before Manchester United comes to KC Stadium for the finale.