Coloccini and Ryan Taylor will both return to the Newcastle squad for the game at Swansea City on Saturday.
Colin and Chris – have work to do in training
Coloccini has been suffering from a hamstring injury, and that had given Williamson and Hall, two of our new signings, a couple of games together at the heart of the Newcastle defense.
But Coloccini has been one of the most consistent players at Newcastle this season, and will be back to partner Williamson (we think) on Saturday.
Chris, who appears to be upbeat today, told the Evening Chronicle:
“What happened at Derby is now history.”
“It was disappointing to lose by the margin we did, but the best way to deal with that is to put it behind us by putting in a better performance.”
“We have a tough game against Swansea next and that is what we are focused on.”
Swansea are unbeaten in the league since December 12th (oh no), and it will certainly not be an easy game on Saturday.
In their last 8 league games they have 4 draws and 4 defeats, and were also beaten at Leicester City 2-1, in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Paulo Sousa, Swansea’s 39 year-old Portuguese manager, has done well since coming into the manager hot seat last summer.
Sousa was appointed at Swansea, following Roberto Martínez’s well publicized move to Wigan Athletic, and he took over the side in June last year, on a 3 year contract.
And the Portuguese manager is said to be a loyal disciple of Sir Bobby Robson, after playing under the Tyneside legend at Porto.
So we hope that Chris can get his tactics right for Saturday, and not be out-coached like we have been recently at both Leicester City and Derby County.
“They are in very good form and what we know about them is they do not change their style of play whether they are at home or away.”“They do not score many goals – but they do not concede very many either.” “Paulo has continued the good work of Roberto Martinez.”
“We have to take the good things out of our defeat at Derby. Yes, we lost there 3-0, but if you look at the stats we had just as many shots as they did and we did not get the rub of the green.”
“If Kevin Nolan’s or Wayne Routledge’s chances had gone in before the break, who knows?”
The Swansea game is a game for the Newcastle players to show the fans that the Derby game was just a one off – but another defeat would not be good – and that’s putting it mildly.
A win is what we’ll all be hoping for.