Newcastle’s Carver: I would have booed after FA Cup defeat

ABUSE ... Newcastle fans boo the players at the final whistle.
ABUSE ... Newcastle fans boo the players at the final whistle.

JOHN Carver says he would have booed Newcastle United’s team after their FA Cup defeat had he been in the away end.

This season’s FA Cup campaign lasted just 90 minutes.

A goal from Leonardo Ulloa gave Leicester City a 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

And caretaker manager Carver and his players were booed by Newcastle’s 4,319 travelling fans after the final whistle.

The club’s support – whose team has never got past the fourth round of the competition under Mike Ashley – also chanted against the club’s owner.

Carver said: “It’s probably one of the toughest moments I’ve ever experienced in football.

“But they’re entitled to do that.

“I was making sure the players were going to the fans to take it.

“Because when you do well , you accept the plaudits, and when it’s not going well, you have to take it on the chin. I was at the front of it, I accept responsibility.”

Asked if he would have booed, Carver added: “Yes, I would’ve done.

“I would’ve paid my money to come down here over the Christmas period when I would’ve spent a lot of money.

“If I’d been in the stands, then yeah, because I would’ve been disappointed, because we’re out of the FA Cup,

“Nobody wanted to get to Wembley more than me.

“That’s a fantastic feeling walking up the tunnel, and walking out into that fantastic arena.

“I’ve experienced that and I wanted to do it again.

“You don’t get many opportunities and we’ve missed that opportunity.”

Carver made seven changes, and the passion for the FA Cup shown off the field was not evident on the pitch.

Asked if the team shared his enthusiasm for the cup, he said: “Yes, the ones that have been brought up on the FA Cup.

“We had some young guys there, and we kept banging on about how important the FA Cup is.

“Maybe one or two of the foreign lads don’t understand it.

“But the longer they’re at the club, they should understand it.”