Even though captain Fabricio Coloccini played last night with a slight groin problem, he still had another excellent game for the Magpies in central defense.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle are on track for Arsenal
Fab talked only about his team mates after the game, and thinks the team is on the right track to get fully ready for the first game of the season, against Arsenal on August 13th at St. James’ Park.
And Coloccini chipped in with a nicely taken goal on 51 minutes last night, that put Newcastle 2-0 up.
Newcastle will now take on Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon, and then on the following Saturday Newcastle will entertain Italian club, Fiorentina, at St. James’ Park in the final pre-season friendly game.
This is what Coloccini told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“We’ve found our condition, and we played well,” “We have to keep going like this, work hard and look forward.”
“We have to improve, and to work more. We have two games more – Leeds and Fiorentina. They’re really good teams, so we have to play well.”
“The goal was nice. It was a good corner from Sylvain, but I’m only thinking about the team. We played well.”
“It’s important to share the goals, but the most important thing is the team, and that’s why we have to do the right things.”
“We have a hard season, and we have to be strong.”
It was an excellent way to end the American tour last night with their first pre-season win, and a good one too.
Haris Vuckic again looked good, and other teenagers Paul Dummett and James Tavernier both looked steady in the Newcastle back four, and 21 year-old Dan Gosling had an energetic game and was unlucky not to score in the second half.
The performances augers well for Newcastle, and Alan Pardew will soon have to decide which youngsters he will keep as part of the Newcastle first team squad, and which ones he will send out on loan.
And Fabricio seems to be growing into the captaincy very nicely, and of course the Argentine was a very popular choice with 93% of readers in our poll saying that Coloccini was a good appointment for Newcastle captain.