Fab Coloccini’s equalizer very late in the game on Saturday was a very important goal for Newcastle United.
Fabricio Coloccini – yyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!
If that hadn’t gone in then Newcastle would have lost their last 3 league games at home, and their last three league games overall, and we’re pretty sure the doom and gloom merchants would have been out in full force after the game.
Those are the ones who say nothing when the side is doing well, but when things go wrong immediately profess they always knew Newcastle would be relegated this season – that sort of thing. The same people who said last summer that we’d be playing in League One this season.
N’Zogbia had put Wigan 2-0 up after just 23 minutes in a game Newcastle were expected to win, after losing their previous two home games in a row.
But the lads proved their mettle once again in those last 20 minutes, as they got back into the game through sheer guts and determination – and it was great to watch.
First there was the nice diving header from Shola Ameobi, his 4th goal of the season and first in the PL, and then a last minute header by captain for the day, Fab Coloccini. That was Fab’s first of the season and his third goal overall for the club.
And the Argentine hero talked today to the Evening Chronicle about that goal:
“I am very happy to score such an important goal.” “We don’t want to lose home games.” “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!” “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.”
Those are good words from Fabricio, and he makes a good captain at the club, and it looks like the Argentine is now number three in line behind Kevin and Alan – but he’d love to be the permanent captain on Tyneside – there’s no doubt about that.
We think it’s inevitable soon though, that Sol Campbell gets a starting position in central defense, and that may happen at West Ham on Saturday. The very fact we are giving away too many sloppy goals and Sol Campbell is still on the bench, suggests he must be given his chance in the league.
Chris Hughton has been loyal to both Williamson and Coloccini this season, and they’ve generally played solidly, so he may continue to play them in central defense, and give Sol a game a week on Wednesday against his former club Arsenal, in the 4th round of the Carling Cup.
With Arsenal poor form of late, especially in defense, that’s a game the lads can win.
Looking at the stats we’ve scored 12 goals in the 8 league games so far, but the area of improvement has to be in defense, because we’ve conceded 12 goals, and six in our last three league games.
The defense is the place Newcastle must improve on – and quickly too.