JOHN Carver says Newcastle United’s home game against West Bromwich Albion is the club’s biggest fixture for six years.
Carver’s relegation-threatened side take on West Brom at St James’s Park tomorrow looking to end a run of eight successive Premier League defeats.
Newcastle are just two points above third-from-bottom Sunderland, who have a game in hand.
The club was last relegated in May 2009 after a limp 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park.
And Carver feels the fixture against West Brom is just as important.
“It’s probably the biggest one, in my opinion, since Aston Villa the year we went down,” said Carver.
“That was the biggest for a long, long time, and this is up there with it.
“What we do have is two more cracks at the whip after this one, but it’s in our hands.”
Disillusioned supporters have chanted against club owner Mike Ashley over the past few months, and Carver, head coach until the end of the season, is aware that few fans want him in charge of the team.
But Carver has urged them to back his side in the three remaining fixtures – whatever their opinion about Ashley, the players and his coaching ability.
“There has to be a response,” said Carver. “We have to put all our differences aside.
“We know there are people not happy with the hierarchy.
“I know there are people not happy with me and with the players – we all know that – but let us put that aside.
“Get it out of away, get safe, stay in the Premier League and then you can come for us – well, come for me!”