Fabricio Coloccini has become extremely popular with Newcastle United fans since he arrived two years ago from Spanish club Deportivo.
Fabricio Coloccini – we can be heroes
The Argentine of course scored his first ever Premier League goal in the last home league game, to snatch a 2-2 draw at the death against Wigan Athletic, and presumably save Chirs Hughton’s job according to at least one journalist.
Fab seems to be relishing the game today with local rivals Sunderland, as he said:
“We know the game can make us into a hero.” “This is a very important game, but I don’t want to make history in one goal against Sunderland. I want to write a history over a long period.”
“But we know how important this game is, and we have to win it. We have to think only of the three points.”
Fab’s right there, and we’d just love to see Newcastle get their second home win of the season today, but the lads will need to be close to their best today, because Steve Bruce has made Sunderland into a side that are hard to beat.
It’s 7 league games unbeaten since they lost 1-0 at West Brom back in August, but in those 7 games they’ve won just two games 1-0, against Aston Villa and Man City, both at home, and drew the other five.
So it’s just 11 points from those 7 games, which takes them just 1 point above Newcastle on 12 points total.
Newcastle can leap-frog Sunderland with a win today, but we cannot afford to give Sunderland any goals with defensive mistakes, which have been far too frequent of late.