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Carr to rev up away form

Posted on 28 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Stephen Carr knows we have to get rid of our away-day blues.

Our home form was as good as anyone's in the Premiership in the first half of last season - including wins against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool - but our away form was less impressive with only five wins from 19 games.

This time around our travels have started in similar fashion with one point from two tough trips to the north-east.

However, after a performance full of promise at Middlesbrough last week, Carr shared the disappointment of an indifferent display at Newcastle on Saturday.

We lost our unbeaten start with a 2-0 reverse at St James' Park, looked ill at ease defensively and created little going forward despite long periods of possession.

Carr reflected: "We didn't really get into the game at Newcastle. We gave away two soft goals and could have done better all round. Having said that I didn't think either team played that well.

"We've not done too well on our travels in the last few years and that is something we've got put right. We have to do better away from home.

"Our home form was good last season until we dropped a few results in the second half. But we're not putting many results together away and that has to change. It's all about consistency - that's the key in this league."