JOHN Carver is hopeful Alan Pardew’s touchline ban won’t be a factor in Newcastle United’s fortunes on the pitch.
Pardew served the first match of his managerial suspension on Saturday, when his team lost 1-0 at Fulham.
But Carver, Pardew’s assistant, doesn’t think the 52-year-old’s absence from Craven Cottage had any bearing on the result.
The build-up to the fixture, according to Carver, was “normal”, though the final players’ briefing was delivered from the team hotel, and not the visiting dressing room.
Pardew – who won’t be allowed inside St James’s Park for the club’s next two home games –was twice in contact with Pardew during the Fulham match.
“It’s been a normal week,” Carver said. “The manager did all his work in the build-up.
“It was a little bit strange getting on the bus without him.
“We had contact a couple of times – at half-time and just before full-time. That was it, really.”
Asked if Pardew’s absence had an impact, Carver added: “I don’t think it did.
“It was one chance at one end, a mistake at the other end – not giving the free-kick – and the ball ends up in the back of the net.”
Carver was unhappy that an injury-time handball by Fulham’s Johnny Heitinga wasn’t penalised by ref Howard Webb.
“It’s a penalty,” he said. “Howard said he was in the wrong position, but he needs a little bit of help from the assistant.
“Then he blows for the full-time whistle.
“There’s nothing we can do about. I’ve spoken to Howard, and he said, in the position he was in, he didn’t really see it.”