Another disastrous performance by Newcastle United at the weekend has pushed them even deeper into the tense relegation battle. A win against Leicester, who are also fighting for survival, would have significantly reduced the pressure on the magpies, but instead they lost 3-0 in a performance that is arguably their worst of the season.
Things got off to a nightmare start for Newcastle, conceding after only one minute of play and they were down 2-0 after only 17 minutes.
The second half started just as bad as the first with Emmanuel Rivière fouled Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski in the Newcastle box, to give then home side a penalty which was converted with ease by Leonard Ulloa for his second of the game.
With Newcastle fans thinking that things could surely not get any worse at the King Power stadium, they did. Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat both were giving marching orders, which leaves John Carver with even more selection issues for the remainder of the season.
Daryl Janmaat was sent off for a second bookable offence in injury time for a completely unnecessary challenge on Jamie Vardy.
But it was Mike Williamson’s sending off in the 62nd minute that seemed to anger John Carver the most. The Newcastle defender lunged in with a high tackle on Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, despite the ball being out of play.
The incident was a major talking point in the post-match press conference shown in the video below…
John Carver says Mike Williamson got sent off on purpose.
Watch the video below to see the challenge and decide for yourself if the Newcastle defender did indeed get sent off on purpose…
Williamson responded by apologising to the fans and his team mates for the red card, but insists that he did not intentionally try and hurt the Leicester player or get sent off.
I would like to apologise to the Newcastle supporters and my fellow team mates for getting sent-off during yesterday’s game.
There was absolutely no intent to hurt Jamie Vardy or get sent-off.
But I recognise that I should have been more composed and measured in my determination to win the ball.
Unfortunately, it did the one thing that I never wanted to do, and that was to hurt the team.
The remarks by John Carver in the post-match press conference were widely criticised, with many saying it is unbelievable for a head coach to publicly suggest one of his players would deliberately try and get sent off in game.
As stated, Carver suggestion Williamson got himself sent off deliberately is extraordinary allegation to make against professional player.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) May 3, 2015
Our club is an absolute disgrace. Now Carver saying Mike Williamson deliberately got sent off. And you wonder why they don't respect you?
— Aaron McGinn (@AaronTRMcGinn) May 2, 2015
Carver believes Williamson got himself sent off on purpose! Disgusting
— The Spectator's View (@thespectoview) May 2, 2015
Carver claim that Williamson got sent off "on purpose" shows #nufc meltdown. Club lacks leadership from dressing-room to dugout to boardroom
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 2, 2015
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