Inconsistency In Defense Again Costing Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    Mar 25, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    oohhhhh coloccini

  • lewytoon

    Mar 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    thats a class picture, looks dangerous tho haha, first 🙂

  • lewytoon

    Mar 25, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    oh ed change picture back 🙁 also any transfer news?

  • lewytoon

    Mar 25, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    i’ve had no luck with pictures on this blog lol 🙁

  • Partizan

    Mar 25, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Looks like David Luiz on that photo.

    Anyway,,,talking about defensive reinforcements….i’d definetly go for Angeleri from Sunderland cos he’s not wanted by Bruce.

    Much much better player than Simpson once he’s given a little bit of playing time.
    Plus he’d fit perfectly with Colo and Jonas

  • Lynxie

    Mar 25, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Lewytoon, its not collocini its Harpo Marx LOL

    Oh Collocini you are the love of my life…

  • Lynxie

    Mar 25, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Just thinking. If we cant score fgoals, (which we cant) then we just need four more clean sheets and we are safe. Now thats a worrying thought…………

  • Stuart

    Mar 25, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Cheers Lynxie, thats just put a downer on my friday haha!

  • Lynxie

    Mar 25, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Sorry Stu, it was just a thought. Maybe our defenders will get the bit between thier teeth, becasue the strikers dont look capable.

  • Stuart

    Mar 25, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    We need to drop Lovenkrands for Ranger and rely on the midfielders to chip in alot of goals imo otherwise we will have to rely on 4 clean sheets which I can’t see happening.

  • Lynxie

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    my sentiments exactly. Also, we need Pardew to convince Shola that it is not Wolves we are playing next week, but Sunderland. Maybe then he will terrorise them…….

  • Davies

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    We could put Colo up front. He knows where the net is. Even STaylor and RTaylor have goals in them. Funny that defenders spring to mind when I think about goalscorers from our current squad….

  • Stuart

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    With any luck he wont be playing Lynxie, hopefully AP will start with Ranger and Best up front.

    He won’t of course and it’ll probably be Shola and Lovenpants just so its a proper kick in the teeth haha!

  • Lynxie

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Ranger Best and Shola. 3 points is what we need…….. Lets get at them.

    Attack, Attack, AttackAttackAttack.


    Mar 25, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #15

    lads for the last 4-5 years nufc have went through so many centre backs (boumsong,rozenhal,bassong,e.t.c.)with all the midfielders and forwards being mentioned the 2 best signings we could make wud be:


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