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Carver to impose media blackout on Newcastle Utd players as relegation threatens

Newcastle manager John Carver. Credit: PA

John Carver will impose a media blackout on his Newcastle United players in one final bid to complete their Premier League relegation escape.

Saturday's 2-1 loss at already-relegated QPR means Newcastle will go into their final-day match against West Ham at St James' Park still at risk of the drop, only two points clear of 18th-placed Hull.

Carver will tell his players to put their focus on their match and ignore all media coverage of their relegation fight.

"I'll tell the players to keep away from the TV and going online, to keep them focused on preparation," the Magpies boss said.

"If you take your eye off the ball you get punished, and we've got to keep our focus sharp.

"It's still in our hands, and if you want it enough then you can do something about it. We've got a week to get our heads around this situation."