JOHN Carver’s hoping Newcastle United’s win at the KC Stadium is the first of many with him at the helm.
Goals from Remy Cabella, Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran gave Carver’s side their first win of 2015.
And Carver – this week appointed as head coach for the rest of the season – believes the end of the off-the-field uncertainty helped his players focus on the pitch against Hull City.
“I want this job, and have all re-focused on what is really a 15-game season,” said Carver.
“We are getting players back from injury, and they have all got to compete and get in the team.
“Everybody’s re-focused, because they know I am now the head coach, and I hope we are going to go forward.”
Striker Papiss Demba Cisse made a brief appearance off the bench late in the game after returning from the African Cup of Nations yesterday.
“We got him on a train and a plane, and he got here eventually,” said Carver.
“He might have been a little bit fatigued, but I wanted to get him on the pitch because he had travelled and made the effort to get here.
“It shows you that everybody wants to be a part of it and that is a good thing.”
Newcastle ended the day in 11th place, but, crucially, the result stretched the gap between themselves and third-from-bottom Hull to 11 points.