Newcastle United: John Carver angry at Phil Neville's flip-flops jibe

John Carver angry over 'flip-flops' jibe

Newcastle boss John Carver has criticised Match of the Day pundit Phil Neville for suggesting his players "had their flip-flops on" during last weekend's defeat at Everton.

The former Manchester United and Everton player made the comments after Newcastle lost 3-0 at Goodison Park.

"I was pretty angry when I heard it because he couldn't be any further from the truth," Carver said.

"I think it's insulting and it's wrong, especially from ex-players."

James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley scored as Everton earned a first league win at home in three months.

Carver hopes the criticism that followed can inspire his players when Arsenal visit St James' Park on Saturday (kick-off 15:00 GMT).

"What I did do was to inform the players about what these people had been saying. I thought it was important that they knew," he said.

"Now it's down to ourselves to show those people out there that we've not got our flip-flops on."

Carver will have only 13 fit outfield players to choose from this weekend, including just one specialist central defender following skipper Fabricio Coloccini's unsuccessful appealexternal-link against his red card on Merseyside.