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Friday 17 November 2017

Carver: More to come from Cabella

Newcastle head coach John Carver is convinced Remy Cabella, pictured, can be a key player for the remainder of the season
Newcastle head coach John Carver is convinced Remy Cabella, pictured, can be a key player for the remainder of the season

Newcastle head coach John Carver is convinced Remy Cabella is the right man to spur his side towards a top 10 finish in the Barclays Premier League.

The French midfielder opened his Magpies account with the first goal in their 3-0 win at Hull on Saturday in Carver's first game in permanent charge.

Second half strikes from Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran sealed a win for the visitors and left Steve Bruce's Tigers facing a desperate battle to beat the drop.

Carver said: "Remy's individual performance was great and we all know how important it is to get your first goal in the Premier League.

"I told him he has the ability to start producing something and I'm so pleased he has chipped in because he makes that a regular occurrence on the training ground.

"I think there is still a lot more to come from him - there will be times when he has a bad day but he has come from another league and he can still get stronger and fitter."

Cabella took advantage of a dreadful error from Hull defender Andy Robertson to put his side in front after a first 40 minutes the home side largely controlled.

Michael Dawson and Curtis Davies both missed good chances before Cabella seized on a loose ball to advance towards the box and unleash an unstoppable opener past Allan McGregor.

Hull briefly thought they had equalised when Ahmed Elmohamady bundled home a Gaston Ramirez free-kick only for replays to show he had blatantly punched the ball into the net.

Despite the Egyptian's protestations he was booked for his actions but Hull boss Bruce conceding justice had been done.

Ameobi let fly from long range to extend Newcastle's lead five minutes in the second half, and Gouffran wrapped up a thoroughly convincing win for the Magpies late on.

The result leaves Bruce's men firmly rooted in the bottom three and with the small matter of a trip to Manchester City to come next Saturday.

Bruce could well be able to call on new signings Aaron Lennon and Dame N'Doye for the trip to the Etihad Stadium after confirming fees have been agreed with their respective clubs.

And he will also bank on the input of new coach Mike Phelan whose move to the KC Stadium is expected to be confirmed on Monday.

Bruce admitted: "This is where you earn your money and now it is my job to try to lift the people who are a bit shell-shocked, to wake them up a bit because we are in serious trouble.

"We have to find the bit of form that the big players showed for us last year and bring that form back - that is the challenge ahead of us and we will go to Manchester City and try to do that."

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