Newcastle boss John Carver has extraordinarily accused defender Mike Williamson of getting himself sent off on purpose during a 3-0 loss away at Leicester City.
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In what was the Magpies eight straight loss, which threatens to plunge them into a relegation battle, Carver says Williamson took ‘the easy way out’ when he was shown a second yellow card for barging Jamie Vardy when the pair were off the pitch. Daryl Janmaat also saw red late on.
“I thought he’s done that on purpose – it looks like he did,” Carver said on the full-time whistle, according to the BBC.
“The ball was off the pitch – he had no need to make the challenge. He will miss two games. Is it an easy way out?”
“I thought he meant it. When the ball went on to that left-hand side my first reaction was don’t do it. He did it.
“Vardy was off the pitch, Willo was off the pitch, the ball was off the pitch. There was no need to do it and I’m not accepting that.
“I told him that to his face. I don’t want to go into his reaction.”
The Newcastle fans accused the team of being gutless, something Carver – who The Daily Telegraph claim will be replaced by Derby boss Steve McClaren this summer – said he couldn’t at all disagree with.
“And I know some of them [players] went over at full-time and they didn’t want to see them and if I had been sitting in the stands I would have said the same thing.
“We’re a soft touch…on a scale of one to 10, it [the performance] is a minus 10.”
The win for Leicester certainly looks a vital one after Sunderland managed a 2-1 win over Southampton later in the day. The Foxes are now one point ahead of the drop.
For Newcastle, it threatens to pull them into a relegation battle they were well clear of at the start of 2015.
They currently sit just two points clear of their Wearside rivals Sunderland in 18th.