JOHN Carver says he AND his players must stand up and take responsibility for Newcastle United’s embarrassing defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
Defending Premier League champions Manchester City ran out convincing 5-0 winners on Saturday night, handing the Magpies their heaviest defeat of the season.
The evening went from bad to worse after Vurnon Anita conceded a penalty, fouling Eden Dzeko with just 28 seconds on the clock.
And the result – and performance – has heaped more pressure on head coach Carver ahead of this Saturday’s Premier League home game against relegation-threatened Aston Villa.
Carver – who was today debriefing his players at the Tynesiders’ Benton training ground – revealed that a number of players had taken responsibility for the parts they played in the defeat in the dressing room after the match.
“It is frustrating, but you can only show the players and talk about what they will do so much,” said Carver.
“I can’t actually get on the pitch and do anything about it.
“I will take lots of responsibility for what’s happened today, and the players also have to take it.
“Some of them have taken that responsibility in the changing room.”
There is little enthusiasm among fans for the final 12 games of the season.
But Carver – whose side remain 11th in the table – has reiterated his determination not to let the campaign fizzle out.
“I’m not going to let that happen,” said the 50-year-old, put in charge until the end of the season. “If you know my character, I won’t allow that to happen.
“Some of the players in there won’t allow it to happen.
“We will drive them and we will make sure we try and get perfection every time we go out there. Sometimes we might not be good enough, but we will give it our all.
Asked which players will ensure the Magpies’ campaign won’t peter out, Carver added: “Your Coloccinis, your Tim Kruls, your Moussa Sissokos and Papiss Cisse coming back from the African Cup of Nations.
“He’s given us a lift because he’s our top goalscorer.
“I felt sorry for him a little bit, because he worked extremely hard and had a great effort on goal just after half time, but he never got any service because we were always defending.
“We knew we were going to come here and have to defend for long periods, but we didn’t defend well enough.
“It’s not as if they’ve opened us up with a fantastic goal or a great strike from 30 yards. All the goals were preventable.”
Sergio Aguero coolly opened the scoring from the penalty spot, then Samir Nasri and the impressive Edin Dzeko added to the lead inside 21 minutes.
Newcastle initially responded well to the setback and Daryl Janmaat sent a fierce effort narrowly wide with Joe Hart apparently beaten.
But that was about as good as it got for Newcastle as City strode through the visitors’ defence to double their lead after 12 minutes.
Dzeko was the provider, cutting inside from the left and passing inside to Nasri, albeit with a slight deflection. Nasri took the ball in his stride and casually wrong-footed two defenders before scooping the ball into the roof of the net.
Dzeko continued to stretch the Newcastle defence and got the goal his early excellence deserved when a well-timed run behind the defence was spotted by Silva. The Spaniard picked him out with a superb crossfield pass and the Bosnian chested down before clipping home on the half-volley.
City eased off, but Silva struck twice in quick succession in the second half.
Aguero broke from deep to create the opening for the first, with Silva finishing by digging out Nasri’s pass inside and tucking home.
The Spaniard had another moments later, this time racing on to an Aguero knock-down from a Toure pass and rifling in from distance.
MAN CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Nasri (Lampard 70), Fernandinho, Toure, Silva (Navas 59), Dzeko, Aguero (Bony 60). Subs not used: Fernando, Caballero, Clichy, Demichelis. Booked: Kompany, Toure, Dzeko. Goals: Aguero 2 pen, Nasri 12, Dzeko 21, Silva 51, 53.
NEWCASTLE: Krul, Janmaat (R Taylor 71), Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara, Colback, Anita (Abeid 46), Gouffran (Obertan 86), Sissoko, Perez, Cisse. Subs not used: Ameobi, Riviere, Armstrong, Woodman. Booked: Anita, Colback.
Att: 45,602. Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).