Fabricio Coloccini has had a great start to his career as the Newcastle captain, with the Magpies still unbeaten after playing 9 games this season, and currently the lads are back in 4th place in the Premier League, a full 10 points above the relegation zone, and 4 points off 1st place.
Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini happy at a job well done yesterday
Many of the Newcastle players, including Coloccini and Steven Taylor, will now get a well deserved two week break before we take on Tottenham Hotspur in the next game.
Both center-backs had good games once again at the heart of Newcastle’s defense yesterday, and as usual, nobody is getting carried away with the good start made by Newcastle this season.
This is what Colo told the Newcastle web-site today:
“We have to keep going, keep our feet on the floor and take three points whenever we can,” “There is the international break now and that is nice. We have to use this as a chance to rest as it’s important to rest in football.
“Then we will come back, keep working hard and hopefully keep picking up good results.” “It was a hard game, but three very important points because we were playing away. We are very happy,”
“When we play away, maybe you have to defend more than other times. We defended very well and it was important to get three points.”
“Wolves did merit to score because they had a lot of chances to score. We tried to keep a clean sheet, but it is very difficult away from home.”
Coloccini, Steven Taylor and indeed the rest of the Newcastle defense, had a good game again yesterday, with goalkeeper Tim Krul the pick of the bunch, and the lads conceded only once, even though they were often stretched to the breaking point by Wolves, in that second half.
But resilience and team spirit can see you though some tough times, and that’s exactly what happened yesterday afternoon. The Newcastle players are a very tough bunch mentally, and they are playing the game as it should be played – as a team game.
We don’t know what Alan Pardew is telling his players on the training filed, but he must be saying something right, because even though the lads were lucky yesterday, they have been a complete revelation so far this season.
Next up for Newcastle could be their first real test of the season, when they entertain the in-form Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, 16th October, with a 4:00 pm kick off time.
That will be a very tough test against a side who were too good for Arsenal this afternoon, and Gareth Bale will likely be one of the danger men.
We have a hunch that Bale will be played by Harry Redknapp against Ryan Taylor, if Ryan retains his place in the Magpies side at left-back, and if Harry saw the QPR match, where Ryan struggled against Wright-Phillips’ speed down the right wing, that’s exactly what he will do.
So maybe it’s worth bringing in a full back who can match Gareth Bale’s speed – Davide Santon for instance, and maybe Alan Pardew could also start Ben Arfa, even on one of the wings – perhaps out on the right wing in place of Gabriel Obertan?
What do you think the best Newcastle team against Tottenham would be?
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