There were a lot of positives for Newcastle fans to take out of the game at Sunderland yesterday.
Fab Coloccini – on the bottom – but Newcastle’s top player yesterday
And one of them was the form of our two center-backs Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson.
Coloccini was again the outstanding player in a black and white shirt for the second game running, and he was simply colossal for Newcastle at the back yesterday.
And Mike Williamson put in a really good, no-nonsense solid performance, and would have shown manager Alan Pardew that Steven Taylor may not be the automatic choice Alan may have thought he was.
But to have Coloccini, Williamson and Taylor fighting it out for the center back spots has to make Pardew feel good, and there’s always young Tamas Kadar, who we expect to come through big time at Newcastle.
Mike still looks to be a terrific signing for Newcastle, for just £1M from Portsmouth, completed just less than a year ago, and Mike has had some year on Tyneside, to be sure.
Fab Coloccini talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I hope we can finish higher in the league.” “There is still a long way to go in this season.”
“We just have to keep working hard and get to the points tally we need then take it from there.”
“Nothing has been decided yet, it is only January.”
Everything went just great for Newcastle until of course the 4th minute of injury time when Sunderland equalized for an undeserved point, abut as Alan Pardew has said – that’s they way life and football go sometimes – you don’t always get what you deserve.
But we cling to the fact that luck tends to even itself out over a season – at least it’s a way to get over the huge disappointment of not winning the game yesterday.
“My feelings weren’t very good after it.” “We had three points, and in the last two minutes we lost two points.”
“But we have to think about the 5-1 at home as well, and the fans know we are the better team.”
“They played too many long balls, and I think all the team played well, but we’re disappointed.”
“If we had taken three points, we could be talking about higher things, but the draw wasn’t bad.”
“It’s a game away so you would normally take a point.” “Now we have Tottenham at home, and we must think of that game.”
Yes it was disappointing yesterday, but nobody can argue with the fact that Newcastle got the better of Sunderland in both derby games this season.
4 points and an aggregate score of 6-2 – and both Sunderland goals were sloppy ones scored in injury time.
And we’ll not even embarrass Sunderland supporters by reminding them of the 5-1 thrashing at St. James’ Park, we wouldn’t think of doing that.
Did you know that was the biggest derby win since we hammered them 6-1 back in 1955?
And that was eons ago – I think I was about 35 at the time. 😀