Newcastle have made a solid start to the season having taken 4 points from their first two games, and are sent to Coventry tonight, and seem to have a good chance of getting through that tie.
Shay Given – congratulating Fabriocio on his first words spoken in English
Shay Given has been back to his very best this season and he talked about the game on Saturday and how he manages to communicate with Fabricio Coloccini, who right now speaks little English.
Given said today:
“We said before the game that it was important to get the win and maintain the momentum we started last weekend against Manchester United. But is not that easy, especially against Bolton, because you know what you are going to get from them.”
“They make it very difficult for you and it was a tough scrappy game. There was not a lot in it and we have played better and lost before.” “It was a tough start playing Man U and Arsenal in the first three games so it is good to have four points on the board at this stage.”
“We have something to build on. It is a platform and we need to try to keep a run of not losing when we go down to Arsenal.”
It turns out that Given has been learning Spanish, and he speaks it quite well apparently.
And it has proven extremely useful this season following the arrival of Spanish-speaking Argentine center-back Fabricio Coloccini from Deportivo La Coruña.
The defender doesn’t speak a word of English, which is unlike his Argentine team mate Jonas Gutierrez, who speaks English well.
But Given has been impressed, like the rest of us, with the ease with which he has slotted into the team.
“Jonás’ English is good, but Fabricio’s is not great. Luckily my Spanish is not too bad. I can speak a little so that helps.”“They have both settled in well and they are both tough in the tackle.”
“They are not flimsy in any way. They like to get stuck in as well and that is what the Premiership is all about sometimes.”
“Especially when you play a team like Bolton. You have to get fired into them and that is what Fabricio did. He did not shirk away from it.”
While Fabricio will not fully appreciate it, well not yet anyway, he has the unique opportunity of learning English with a Geordie accent.
So shortly, maybe when somebody says to him – you have no chance against Arsenal at the weekend – he may be able to say Gerraway, man -with only a slight Spanish accent augmenting the wonderful Geordie dialect.