It seems that Fabricio Coloccini is a realist if nothing else, and has today said he’s sorry for the sending off on Saturday.
Fabricio Coloccini tussles with Johan Elmander on Saturday
And he also thinks that the two center-backs standing in the wings at Newcastle, who will deputize for him, can do as good and even better job than he’s done for the Newcastle team.
There’s some honesty for you.
This is what Fabricio Coloccini said today about his sending off:
“I apologized to my team-mates – that is normal.” “I am sorry for everybody, but now we have to move on.”
“It was a red card, but it wasn’t with my elbow – but it was the same, because it was my arm.” “It was a red card. It’s disappointing, although I can’t do anything about it now.”
“The next time, I know I can’t do it.”
Fabricio has been outstanding for Newcastle this season, but looked in poor form on Saturday against the big and physical Johan Elmander, who seems to have become a much better player under Owen Coyle and now has 8 goals in the Premier League , and he used to find goals difficult to come by.
Colo will now miss the next three games which are difficult games against Chelsea and Liverpool at home – and the away game at fellow promotion side WBA, who we usually do well against – usually.
“It’s finished, and I have to think of another game.” “It’s difficult for me, but I have to learn.” “That’s important. I can’t do it again.” “There are a lot of games, and I have to continue to work and try to be better on the pitch.”
“Here we have good players.” “Sol and Steven have a lot of experience, and they can do it the same or better than me.” “It’s a mistake – it’s not a drama.” “It’s a mistake, and I have to learn – no more than that.”
It will be a big chance for one of the back-up center-backs and we have to think Sol Campbell will get the nod on Sunday, as he came on for Fab on Saturday and is the experience Newcastle may just need at the back to stop the mistakes that are being made.
It will be very interesting to see how Sol plays on Sunday, but in last week’s Reserve game against Man City he looked majestic at the back, and seemed to be ready for a first team chance – which he will now get on Sunday.