Fabricio Coloccini was captain for Newcastle today in the absence of the slightly injured Kevin Nolan.
Fab Coloccini – seems pleased to have scored 😀
So it was fitting that Fab scored his first goal for Newcastle this season, and his third overall, with almost the very last piece of action in today’s game, when he headed home after Andy Carroll had headed the ball on from a good Jonas Gutierrez right wing corner.
That was Gutierrez’ second assist of the game, as he also set up Shola Ameobi’s headed goal after 72 minutes, this time from a left wing cross. What’s that about Jonas not having an end product?
Newcastle did not play at all well today, especially in the first half when the lads gifted Wigan, and former winger Charles N’Zogbia of all people, with two soft goals in two minutes. We put ourselves into such a deep hole in that first 45 minutes, but we just managed to escape – right at the death.
Fab talked to the official Newcastle site after the game:
“It was very important, because we were losing,” “At one point late in the second half, we were still 2-0 down so it was good to get a draw. We were losing so I’m happy that I could help the team.”
“And to do so as captain was even better. It was like a present for me to be captain. It’s an important role because you’re the boss on the pitch, and that’s an honor.”
“I have to say thank you not only to the manager but also to my team-mates.” “I would like to keep the armband – but I think they need it for the next game so I had to give it back!”
It was a really important equalizer for Newcastle, because otherwise everything would be doom and gloom on Tyneside, with three league defeats in a row, and three home league defeats in a row.
But the lads got a point, after seemingly giving away the game in that terrible first 45 minutes.
In the four home games this season, we have just 4 points, which is as many points as we have gained on the road in the league, in just three away games.
But our home form continues to be a mystery – not really a mystery – because it’s just plain not good enough – it’s a mystery why that is the case.
“We can’t really be losing two points here. We have to win the games at home and we were playing against a team who may be competing with us at the end of the season.”
“So I am happy with the point and my goal, I would be happier if I had not scored and we had got all three points.”
“West Ham will be a difficult game. Every team we play is very, very strong but we have a good squad with good players and we will go there looking for three points.”
He’s such a smashing lad is Fabricio, and he really does seem to get a big kick out of captaining Newcastle United.
With Sol Campbell patiently waiting in the wings, and Danny Simpson almost 100% fit again from his ankle injury, we could well see Chris Hughton shake up the defense next Saturday afternoon at West Ham, where we wouldn’t put it past the lads, to be able to get all 3 points in London.
But to do that, we certainly cannot play the way we played defensively in that first 45 minutes today, and as boss Chris Hughton said after the game – it was like committing suicide.
No more suicides are allowed this season. 😀