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Carver rues defensive errors for Giroud goals

Newcastle manager John Carver was left frustrated by the defensive errors that cost his team in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat by Arsenal.

An Olivier Giroud double put the Gunners two up at half-time, with both of his goals coming as a result of poor defending from set-pieces.

Moussa Sissoko pulled one back in the 48th minute for Newcastle, who were left to settle for a valiant defeat despite piling pressure on Arsenal in a frantic second half.

"I'm exhausted, to be honest. I think I've kicked every ball," Carver told the press afterwards.

"What I will say is: what a fantastic performance by the 11 boys, plus Jonas Gutierrez coming on and giving a performance like that. I'm so proud of them.

"We've scored an Arsenal-type goal, haven't we? Great build-up play down the right-hand side, a cut back and what a finish by Moussa Sissoko.

"What is disappointing is the type of goals we have conceded. Two from set-plays - they haven't opened us up.

"I thought we started the game quite well. There wasn't much in it. We had a nice shape to the team and there weren't any problems and that's why it is a little bit frustrating. When you concede so many laterals, eventually you are going to get punished and we did."