John Carver has argued that Newcastle have achieved a lot in their successful start to the season, despite some critics accusing the club of not being challenged by the top teams yet.
The Toon are currently third in the Barclays Premier League table, and are three points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea.
And while the club face a big challenge in taking on title leaders Manchester City after the international break, Carver believes that the games that the Magpies have won so far show that they are capable of achieving big things this season.
“People are talking about these being our ‘real tests’ coming up but every game in the Premier League is a real test,” he explained.
“A lot of people are being disrespectful by saying we have not played anyone yet. For me that is disrespectful to our players, our staff and the other teams that we have faced as well.
“It gets my goat when people say we have been lucky or the decisions have gone for us. When you actually analyse our results, we have picked up wins from games where we did not pick up wins or points from last year. We went to Wolves and won – Newcastle United never seem to get anything there.
“We played QPR just after they had made new signings and you see from Chelsea and Manchester City going there how difficult they are to play at home.
“I don’t care if people think this is our big test or not, we can go to Manchester City and enjoy ourselves. We have earned the right to go there unbeaten and that means we can go there and play our own game.”
Carver insists that despite fans getting excited about Newcastle being in the running for a top four spot this season, the side are not buying into the hype, and are taking one game at a time.
“So far we have done OK,” he said. “We are not getting carried away and we are not going over the top.
“We just have to keep working at the same rate we have been so far this season.
“If we allow ourselves to relax or we take our foot off the pedal we will be punished. The secret has been hard work – we have to keep that going.”