Carver: Leicester City v Newcastle United could have been so different if Cabella ‘goal’ counted

UNHAPPY: Newcastle United's caretaker manager John Carver
UNHAPPY: Newcastle United's caretaker manager John Carver

JOHN Carver is fearful the decision to disallow Remy Cabella’s goal at Leicester City could cost him his dream job.

Cabella’s first-half strike – which would have put Newcastle United 1-0 up in the FA Cup tie – was wrongly ruled out for offside.

Depleted Newcastle then went on to crash out at the third-round stage as the Premier League’s bottom side beat them 1-0.

Carver, whose first game in temporary charge was a 3-3 draw with Burnley on New Year’s Day, has made no secret of his desire to become the club’s full-time head coach.

However, he and the players involved in the FA Cup defeat faced an angry backlash from the supporters who travelled to Leicester after the club’s third successive third round defeat.

Carver feels things could have been so different, though, had Cabella’s goal stood.

And he fears the call to rule out the strike could kill his hopes of succeeding Alan Pardew on a permanent basis.

Carver said: “If it hinges on something like that, jobs are won and lost on things like that.

“I’ll not make any bones about it, I want this position. I want to be the head coach of this football club, but you’ve got to get the right results.

“We’ve had a draw and a defeat, but it could have been a draw and another draw, and take them back to St James’s for a replay.

“One or two of those guys who weren’t available (on Saturday) might have been available for the replay.”

Carver added: “We all know how important the third round of the FA Cup is. We certainly wanted to be in the fourth round. When you get a big decision – and it is a big decision – that goes against you so early on in the game, then it changes the game.

“We were away from home, with a young side out. There was still some experience in there, and that was the strongest side I could put out because of injuries.

“We got off to a good start, we were in control of the possession, we didn’t force the play, we got it down and tried to play, tried to do the right things, and we scored a fantastic goal, which we spoke about beforehand.

“We spoke about catching them on the counter-attack, we opened them up really well and it was really disappointing. It was Nigel (Pearson) who came to me and he actually said, ‘John, it was onside’.”

– DANIEL PRINCE