Newcastle have now gone unbeaten in their ten games in all competitions this season.
Fab Colooccini tries to put the ball home in injury time
And the lads did so well yesterday in their toughest test of the season so far, when they held a very good Tottenham side to 2-2 to get a point and stay in 4th position in the league table.
And while we don’t want to tempt fate, the next game is at home to Wigan Athletic next Saturday afternoon, and there’s a decent chance Newcastle can win that game and stay in 4th position for yet another week.
Fab Coloccini nearly scored the winner in injury time yesterday, although to be truthful a draw was a fair result with Tottenham looking a very good side all afternoon.
This is what the captain had to say to nufcTV after the game:
“I think a lot of people wanted to know today if Newcastle can play against big teams, and play the same as them,” “And I thought we showed great character today. It’s good that we kept going and played well, and we’re happy.”
“I think the character is the big change from last year. The character is good and that’s important.” “We try to get the three points every game. When we have the ball we go forward and we try to get crosses in. Sometimes we can score and sometimes we can’t, but we try always.”
It’s a little bit of a surprise to hear Coloccini say that the character is a big change from last season, because we thought that was good last season, but of course the new French contingent contains some great young lads, who are already fully dedicated to the Newcastle cause.
And Newcastle let in two goals in the league for the first time this season yesterday, and both were from mistakes by the defense.
Steven Taylor made the mistake when he brought down Adebayor in the penalty area just before half time, and Ryan Taylor, who otherwise had another surprisingly solid game for Newcastle at left back, got on the wrong side of Jermain Defoe.
And as luck would have it, the England International was given half a chance, and he rifled the ball home superbly after 68 minutes.
The Newcastle captain thinks it’s important that Newcastle play well against the top sides, because it’s showing the vast improvement Newcastle have made since last season:
“It’s good and it’s important,” “It’s normal when you play against big teams like Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City that you will concede goals.”
“We want to work to not concede in the next games but we’re happy because a draw is a good result.”
It was an excellent point and display from our lads yesterday, but now the only thjing that matters is winning the next game against Wigan next Saturday afternoon, and while that may look like an easy game, it will still be a test for Newcastle.
They must now learn to play at their best against the lesser sides in the league, as well as against the top sides.
And we think there’s a decent chance that both Davide Santon and Ben Arfa could start that game, and if we were to hazard a guess we’d say Santon for Simpson at right back, and Ben Arfa for Best up front.
And it’s a good game to give Santon his starting debut, because Wigan are one of the lesser sides in the Premier League, but this lad already looks a very good player.
We suppose when you are only 20 years old and captain of the Italy U21 side, and have already played for your country 7 times at the full level and you are being compared to the great Paulo Maldini, you are a decent player. 😀
What a buy this lad can turn out to be for the Magpies.
What do you think?