Fabricio Coloccini is a very popular player on Tyneside, and rightly so – and the Newcastle manager has already praised the Argentine not only for his good play, but for his complete professionalism too.
Fabricio Coloccini – scoring fabulous goal against Spurs
Yet it was the defense that let Newcastle down at Stoke, and Newcastle are as inconsistent now, as they were when popular Chris Hughton was running the club.
Newcastle are 4 points above the drop zone, but with the help of 50,000 fans a week tomorrow, the lads can do themselves a lot of good by beating Wolves, and going onto 39 points and 7 points clear of Wolves, with only 7 games to go.
Newcastle have drawn 5 games this year under Alan Pardew, and 1 point from those games is not much of a return, but to then have two defeats in a row (over a four week period we may add) is not good, and Newcastle certainly need to get on their winning ways again, and getting a full 3 points from a game, as soon as they can.
This is what Fabricio said this morning:
“The table has become very close and after everything that happened at Stoke, the Wolves game is a very important game for us now,”
“I think we need two more wins to make sure we are safe. Looking at the table, five or six more points will probably do it, so we still need two wins. There are plenty of games to get them from, but it would be a massive help if we could get one of those wins against Wolves.”
“It’s normal for the supporters to get a little bit nervous,” “But we as players just have to concentrate on doing our jobs right.” “If we do not, maybe we will get nervous as well. But at the moment, we know we are capable of achieving our goal, which is to stay in the division.”
“It would be best if we could get the points we need quickly because that would calm everybody’s nerves.” “We started the season very well, but in the last couple of months we have struggled for consistency.”
“We have been playing two games well and then two badly. Our only job is to make sure we keep ourselves safe. As long as we do that, we can then start to think about the future.”
Two wins very quickly would be great, anbd Coloccini’s right, it would calm the nerves significantly after what happened two years ago, with those memories still being far too fresh for Newcastle fans everywhere.
Alan Pardew has to deal with the inconsistency, because the defense against Stoke was a pale reflection of what were essentially the same players starting the year in great style, with clean sheets and wins at Wigan and against West Ham.
But Newcastle hopefully will have both Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan starting the game, and if Leon Best can be fit again from his ankle injury, the stage is set for Leon to get a few more goals, and become a hero (again) on Tyneside.
Usually when the chips are down it’s been Kevin Nolan who has come through again, and don’t be surprised if captain Kevin manages to get on the score sheet against Wolves, which would take him to sole leader at the top of the goal scoring charts with 12 goals.
Of course we also have Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi up front and both lads can score goals, and maybe one of them will get hot soon on the goalscoring trail.
Two years ago Newcastle were often beaten because they were simply outfought, but that will not happen in the run-in and the least we expect from our lads in 8 days time, is a fighting and gutsy performance.
Any team that can come back in the last 25 minutes of a game to draw when that are 4-0 down to Arsenal, can do almost anything.
A win against Wolves is all we are asking for.