Coloccini And Williamson Masssive For Newcastle Yesterday

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.

Fabricio continued:

“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. 😀

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 17, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #1

    colo and willo were excellent yesterday!!

  • toonry13

    Jan 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #2

    reserves up 3-0 at half time, ranger x2 and perch with 1
    gosling and xisco getting a game as well

  • toonry13

    Jan 17, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #3

    great for rangers confidence. possibly great man management by pardew

  • Dragonera

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Good read. I prefer this type of thing from .com. Less misleading headlines.

  • arfa chance

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #5

    collo is immense, i want us to be in europe so he cuts his hair lol

  • chris6033

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #6

    i see bent wants to leave the scum…hahaha!!! wants to play for a proper club.

  • jwheelie12

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #7

    rumours coming from Sunderland is that Fabricio Collocini will be due 50% of the £18 million fee from the Darren Bent deal, due to him still being stuck in his back pocket from yesterday.

  • John

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Taylor far better than simpson at rb he was our best player playing at rb 08/09 threat from corners, bombs forward, better presence keep colo and willi our cb’s.


    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Mike Williamson was brilliant yesterday alongside Coloccini, they reminded me of the old Arsenal defence the way they moved forward to play the offside trap.

  • Whitecap

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #10

    The back 4 as a whole worked very well as a unit. Gyan and Bent are a very strong strike pair and they handled them for most of the match. Danny Simpson too should earn some praise. He was another cheap Chris Hughton buy and has really improved steadily. I was very impressed by his play yesterday.

  • altern8tif

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say this: Our defence is possibly the strongest part of the team. We are consistently defending well, with able deputies (‘cept for LB). And the key reason why our midfield is flourishing (even with Tiote out), is that our good defensive unit is giving our midfield a chance to push up to support our strikers.

    Credit has got to be given to Hughton, who made some excellent defensive buys in Williamson and Simpson (ok, Perch was a mistake) and moulded them into a rock of a defence.

  • expatgeordie

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree Colocinni was excellent yesterday however I thought that Williamson was partly at fault for their goal. When the ball broke before the Bardsley’s shot, he was marking Gyann he rushed out & when the ball was passed to Bardsley Gyann was unmarked. I also think Steve Taylor is a much better Centre Back than Williamson. Though I do think for £1m he is a bargain & a great stand in

  • Davies

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #13

    I think the defence and the midfield are helping each other out a lot, to be fair. Tiote marshals that area in front of the defence very well and our full backs are not backward in coming forward.

    I’d say that both our defence and our midfield look better than they have in years. That, along with Carroll starting to find Sheareresqe consisteny, gives me a lot of hope for the future. I see European football coming the St James’ in the next year or two.

  • expatgeordie

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Reserves won 5-1 Ranger Hat-trick

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Dragonera- welcome back. I guarantee if we put up the reddies for bent he would join us, and be a big f you to the mackems. He likes our club and also loves pardew.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Colo was immense, best game hes had for us yesterday I think, and Enrique solid as usual 🙂

  • balubas1

    Jan 17, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Willo massive? I thought he looked “ok”. He was nervous at times.

    Decent game, but not massive.

    I would still prefer Taylor.

  • Oleg G

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Hello to everyone.

    5-1 to the reserves? over who?
    did anyone watched the game? is it online somewhere? or only on local TV in Newcastle?

    Did you hear about Bent? 18M ? Really? why so much money?

  • Oleg G

    Jan 17, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Spurs got Pienaar 🙁

  • TooNArMy0

    Jan 18, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #20

    Colo and Williamson are one of the strongest defence in the PL.. and they can be even stronger if the left and right back are in their level..


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