Fab Coloccini – A Draw Was Great Result – Now For Blackpool


Every one of the 13 Newcastle players who took part in last night’s game gave it all they had, and Newcastle thoroughly deserved their point in a 0-0 draw.

Coloccini challenging Wayne Rooney last night

And there was good news for manager Alan Pardew all over the pitch last night, starting with young goalkeeper Tim Krul, who had a stellar game to keep a clean sheet against the Premier League leaders.

Danny Guthrie had a good game, and our two first choice central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson both had very good games – again.

And it may be that Steven Taylor will have some job to get his place back, somewhere in that back four.

Argentine International Coloccini was well satisfied with the point, and he said today:

“I think we were in control.” “Manchester United have a really good team and a lot of good players like Rooney and Hernandez, but we kept them quiet.”

“We played a good game all round and in the first half we were better than the second.” “Overall, though, we did very well and kept the ball in the first half.”

“In the second half Man United had the ball more and it was us who had to defend.”  “We cannot complain about only drawing, it was a great result.”

“To gain a clean sheet against Manchester United is something most teams cannot do.”  “That is very good for our confidence and we will take that to Blackpool.”

“It is so difficult sometimes.” “If Manchester United have half a chance they usually score, so we needed a good defensive display and we got one.”

“One chance for them would have done it.” “There could have been a penalty late on, but we are happy with a point.”

The point was unexpected, and for some reason, maybe it was the painful performance last time out at Villa Park, we didn’t have a good feeling about the game last night, but our lads were little short of magnificent – let’s give them credit where it’s due.

But the one point we got last night will pale a little, if the lads cannot go to Bloomfield Road on Saturday, and get only their second win in seven games.

Assuming there were no injuries last night Alan Pardew will have some good players to choose from, and captain Kevin Nolan will also be back from suspension.

Blackpool have the worst defense in the Premier League, having leaked a phenomenal 69 goals in just 33 games, an average of over two goals a game.

The key to the game is for Newcastle to play as they can do, and showed last night, and that they don’t just play well against the good sides.

It’s the Blackpools and Birminghams of the league that Newcastle have to make sure they beat, and then maybe the Magpies can finish 10th or higher in the league, which has to be the aim right now.

A win at Blackpool on Saturday and we’ll be flying high – thank you very much.

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89 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 20, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #1

    An excellent effort by the whole team. We should have had a penalty call for the foul on Peter. The whole defence played very well. A repeat of that effort against Blackpool should bring 3 points.

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  • 619nufc

    Apr 20, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Gotta give credit to Pardew too – well done sir

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Apr 20, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #3

    With Nolan, Barton, Tiote, Ireland, Guthrie, Guti in our squad for Blackpool and Ranger coming on as an impact sub, we gotta score a few, just hope Lovern and Strolla turn up.

    Hope Ranger scores, it’ll boost his confidence alot

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  • scottoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #4

    “There could have been a penalty late on…”

    Is Collo saying it was a pen, or just that it might have been given. I’ve watched the replay many times and I just don’t see the contact that SAF saw through his red coloured glasses. After his dumping on refs this year, I can see less questionable calls going against him. Bout bloody time!

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  • ToonAndy

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Ranger doesn’t do anything… He makes about as much impact as I would!… Sell him to a championship team in the summer… and for all you people saying he’s gona get really good in a few years… I asure you… hes not…

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  • hainesy

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Why would we pay Routledge to leave he isn’t that bad!

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    ToonAndy hes 19 years old… Carroll was similar at 19 years old dont you remember? Even last year in the championship, Carroll had only scored 2-3 goals from August – January but then he just exploded suddenly and started scoring after he had a good run in the team. If we do sign 2-3 strikers in the summer then I would say loan him out, maybe to Boro to keep him in the North East and let him play for a season. He’ll come back a much better player.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #9

    ToonAndy I really hope & believe you’re wrong about Ranger

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  • pizzicatochan

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #10

    @ scottoon, Collo is not a fluent English speaker I bet. I think what he said was “There could have been a late penalty for MU, but thankfully that didn’t happen and we are happy with one point.”

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  • Greg B

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Changing the subject…………..

    I just read that Routledge had his contract terminated so that he can join QPR permanently, plus he received a lump sum from NUFC!
    Surely this cant be right? He had a couple more years on his contract and I would have thought NUFC could have got a decent fee from QPR for his services come the end of the season.
    Plus why are NUFC compensating him (OK I realise it gets him of the wage bill etc) when QPR will no doubt give him a nice signing on fee plus a decent Premier League wage too.

    This one definatley has me scratching my head………

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  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Hey good point 619nufc. After all it was his planning. Wonder where the Pardew haters are. Or do they only come out when we lose a game?

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Greg B – never heard so much folly. You think just when Mike has financial stability, he’s going to incur effectively a £3-4m loss for no reason?

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  • scottoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Not ready to jump on the AP bandwagon just yet. When the team basically picks itself due to injuries and suspensions, he gets it right. But look at the Stoke and Villa set ups…disastrous and tactically naive. I think he is a good man manager and motivator, but tactically still seems out of his depth.

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  • boater

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #15

    @Geordie German – One right here. Good result last night but I remain totally and utterly unconvinced by the appointment or long-term suitability of Pardew as our manager.

    I would still have Hughton back, along with Coyle, Moyes, Houllier from non-top 6 premier sides any day of the week.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Dead honest scottoon, Pardew had less ability to chose from. I can’t help wondering if Nolan hadn’t been banned if he’d have snitched a goal yesterday.

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  • scottoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Routledge deal is not done…no way we let him go for nothing. Story reads like he bought out his own contract, but BBC has Neil Warnock saying they are looking to seal a deal in the near future when QPR prem status is confirmed.

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  • alex84

    Apr 20, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Houllier is rubbish!…no thanks.

    Coyle would be good.

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  • alex84

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #19

    also when thinking about it i don’t think AP has had a full strengh out due to injuries, suspensions and the sale of carroll. so i think he has done well

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  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #20

    boater, I’de have Hughton back last week if we could but it’s not going to happen so we just have to get on with what we have and I think someone pointed out this week that Pardew has overtaken Hughton in the points per games section. Although I don’t count Liverpool. My worry is us finishing to high and Ashley thinking he can save a few million in the transfer window. My way of thinking was the lower we finish the more he’ll spend. Anyway you know who’ll end up facing the press and having to explain to the fans. Poor man.

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  • Carl92

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Just read on twitter, someone saying maybe the routledge deal has something to do with taarabt coming in the other direction in the summer. Its a good point.

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  • scottoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #22

    IMO what AP has done well is kept the side motivated and on task. But truth be told, CH had that going and a lot of it is down to the players who have bonded and worked for each other since relegation. So bottom line is AP has kept the ship on course, but I am not convinced that he has the tactical nous to take us to the next level.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #23

    So today’s enthusiasm has turned into AP bashing and pining for the past – just great….

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  • Weezertoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Credit to Pardew, he’s definately not caused a storm, so i reckon he’s a good man manager. My two worries about him are:

    1) When push comes to shove, exactly how much influence does he have over Ashley? If Barton wants a 3 year contract, and Pardew is saying we need to keep Barton on, why wouldn’t he go to mike and request the three year?

    2) At times his tactics have been naive. Bringing Sol Campbell as a third midfielder to help with Stoke’s Aerial prowess? not the smartest move, campbell is past it, and is really an emergency CB/role model/potential future defensive coach. I think he just needs to realise that what teams need is a bit of consistency, to get used to playing a certain way. Keep partnerships in key areas. 4-4-2 for an attacking formation (or 4-1-1 if you want to pack out the midfield), don’t rock the boat too much.

    Our problem with stoke was that Willocini didn’t know how to incorporate Sol Campbell into what they usually do (wonderful things at CB). I think if we’d just played our 4-4-2 then, then we would of won/drawn/lost by less.

    Consistency builds a team that knows how to play, and how to build up play. How often do you see Fergie make dramatic changes to his first team? At arsenal how often does Wenger Opt for a 5-4-1 because of a teams aerial threat? They dont’, because their teams know how to work together in their usual way.

    Hope Pardew reads this, it’s going to be the key to our long-term success.

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  • Flood

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #25

    houllier? no thank you!

    and why would we release routledge? its nonsense! he should command a decent fee in the summer! money we could put towards getting a better winger?

    i’m happy for joey to play on the wing next year! its been his best season for us! i reckon we need another winer to rotate and keep the freshness! perotti looks class on youtube…. but so do i! and i’m garbage!

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #26

    ive always had sneaky feeling taarbt is part of a deal for routledge

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  • scottoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Spot on Weezer. AP has done a lot better than I expected, and if he can get the tactics sorted then I will be happy to say I was wrong when I slagged him after his appointment. CH is long gone, and after a great result last night I get hopeful for the future. Just hopin AP is the right one to take us there but not so sure yet.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #28

    that routledge story is a total non starter it makes no sense what so ever in terminating his contract when qpr are wiling to buy him, ashly wud pay him to leave when he is gonna get cash for him

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  • toonfan09

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #29

    story off a guy on twitter routelge to qpr is part of a deal to bring tarabat to us this is frm cwarr07 he has got a few right in the past such as ben arfa tiote ireland got a link with ziani wrong and larsson but as he said before the larsson deal was pulled by birmingham… he says its a definite

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  • Flood

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #30

    In terms of tactics i think he’s doing alrite! the team played brilliantly in the first 20/30 minutes last night! tempo was good and we used the wings well!

    tiote and guthrie fed the wings well but we missed nolan and a good striker! there was no one for barton or guti to deliver to!

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  • boater

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #31

    scottoon – agree. Hughton’s feel-good promotion momentum was still there even after he’d left in december. Pardew has (touch wood) at least managed to eek out the points necessary to get us over the line this season.

    I’m convinced that Carroll’s sale could end up being an opportunity to build an exciting, successful top 6-8 side next season. A proven scorer, full back, a proven winger and 2 or 3 young’uns with bags of natural talent and football intelligence. chamberlain – taarabt types..

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Please god not taarabt this guy is a moody liability would rather have wayne back

    Don’t believe the wayne crap…shocking we get a result one day and suddenly a strange, makes no sense story comes out about us…wonder how many papers it sold

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #33

    couldnt disagree more taarbt is outstanding player and by the way he has already told QPR he wants to leave in the summer

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  • scottoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #34

    True Flood. Team did brilliantly last night. But it was the lads on the park doing the job, in the positions they know. AP set the side, prob delivered a fantastic pregame pep talk, but tactically there was nothing magical there. Owes more to the return of Tiote I am sure. We missed that real bite and drive and link up. He was the best of the best last night!

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #35

    if we start the transfer window signing taarbt, ireland and larrson ill be buzzing

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  • alex84

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #36

    i watched taarabt against derby,he got taken off coz robbie savage had him in his pocket!

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #37

    and also love it if long, elmander n gamerio came in for up front

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #38

    to be fair larrson was gonna sign till birmingham pulled the deal, him n ireland are certs to sign in the summer

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  • Mac

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #39

    A definate no to Taarbt. He would upset too many people. He is a bad tempered spoilt child. Apoor man Ben Arfa.

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #40

    @davybtoon, he is a talent WHEN the team is devoted to him and only him. He doesn’t pass, over does his dribbles with tricks, shouts at team mates and is moody.

    Savage owned him in that Derby match. If he is to come here he will end up on the bench.

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