Coloccini was certainly emotional after his point saving late goal on Saturday, and now we know there was more behind that than first met the eye.
Fab Colloccini – that one’s for you mother!
In an emotional post-match interview, Coloccini told the Evening Chronicle:
“It was very emotional for me for a lot of different reasons.” “It was because it was my first goal at St James’ Park, and also because Sunday was mother’s day in Argentina.”
“For me, it was very important as my mother Silvia died back in 2001, and I wanted to make a tribute.”
That was Fab’s third goal for Newcastle over the last two seasons or so, but the first one ever in the Premier League, and it’s a habit we hope he gets used to.
“It was my first goal in the Premier League, and we were losing, so it was very important.” “I enjoyed my goals away from home against Cardiff City and Watford, but they were for the people who travelled a long way to support us.”
“It’s nice to give a present to the fans at home.” “And it was nice to see the goal bring as much joy as it did on Saturday.”
It was the first time that Fab has been captain in the Premier League, but of course he was made honorary captain in August against his former club Deportivo la Coruna, in the pre-season friendly in Spain.
It’s clear that Fab loves being captain at Newcastle, as he continued:
“The captaincy was a present to me – it was very important.” “You are the boss on the pitch, and you can speak to the referee.” “I have to say thank you to the manager and my team-mates for this.”
“At half-time, I thought I am the captain!” “We had to draw or win the game. I had to take more responsibility than normal.”
“I think we played the worst first half in the league, and we have to learn from that and correct the mistakes in the next game.” “We have to do better.”
Coloccini certainly looks captain material at the Newcastle club, no doubt about that, and he also qualifies because of his vast experience and his obvious love of the club – and of course he’s a big fan favorite on Tyneside.
We do expect to see Kevin Nolan return at West Ham next Saturday, after Chris gave the Liverpool boy a day off on Saturday, so Colo may have to wait for his next game as a proud Newcastle captain.