We have to be honest and say that once it was announced on Saturday afternoon that Coloccini would not be fit to play against Norwich, it was always going to be hard to get anything out of the game at Carrow Road.
Davide Santon – should keep his place next Saturday at left back
Newcastle have been unlucky in their last four games, but all that’s happening is that the luck is evening itself out, as we had Lady Luck on our side in those first eleven games of the season.
And there is some cause to be upbeat about the display by Newcastle yesterday, even if every single Norwich goal was created or scored with a header inside the box from crosses or corners.
Surely have two relatively small center-backs in 5’8″ Simpson and 5’11” Perch just doesn’t work.
What happened in yesterday’s game seems to prove that, but let’s not hit Alan Pardew too hard, he was right after the game to say any Premier League team would have struggled with their three top center-backs out of the side.
We just don’t know what Tamas Kadar wasn’t given a chance and he cannot have much of a career left at Newcastle, when he didn’t even make the bench.
It;s just one game and we didn’t get anything out of it so the thing to do is to learn from the errors and move forward.
The good news is that we are really hoping that both Fab Coloccini and Mike Williamson will be fit enough to play against Swansea.
That’s not yet official but with Fabricio close to making yesterday’s game surely he will be fit for next Saturday and Mike Williamson is back in training again and recovered from his ankle injury – at last.
The problem with Mike is that he has not had too many games, and that could keep him out of the starting eleven next Saturday.
But we also remember when he made his debut for Newcastle while on a one game loan deal, and he hadn’t played for the Portsmouth fist team all season.
But in the game on Wednesday night, January 22nd at home to Crystal Palace Mike was the Man of the Match on his debut for Newcastle in a 2-0 win, and didn’t put a foot wrong.
And it’s interesting he had been brought in for Steven Taylor, who had been injured in a previous games against West Brom and was likely out for the season.
And history showed that Mike was so good for Newcastle for the rest of the season and formed an excellent partnership with Coloccini, that Steven wasn’t missed and Newcastle were easily promoted.
Let’s hope that same scenario works this season for Newcastle, and the lads can finish in the tops even in the league.
It’s much harder in the Premier League to come straight back of course and if Alan Pardew doesn’t want to throw him in at the deep end, we suppose James Perch could pair up with Coloccini at the back.
But one positive thing form yesterday’s game is Davide Santon looked a class player in the making and surely he is ready for an extended run in the first team at left back.
In fact the only reason we think Alan switched Ryan Taylor to right back, is that Pardew wanted Santon to play in the position he wants him in at Newcastle – left back.
David is second in our poll for Man of the Match behind only two goal Demba Ba, who was simply brilliant for Newcastle yesterday – what a player – and he’s a lot better than Andy Carroll ever was. – if the truth be told
We have to think that Davide will keep his place and certainly this back four would be a much harder proposition for Swansea next week:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Santon
And indeed that’s probably our best back four right now, and if they can play regularly together there’s no reason those four cannot start keeping clean sheets again.
The result yesterday was not a good one for Newcastle, and the four goals were all poor ones to concede, but if you forget those goals – the lads played very well. 😀
Newcastle still have that never-say-die spirit and in those last 10 minutes or so after going 4-2 down, and with 10 men with Dan Gosling having been sent off after 65 minutes it was one Newcastle attack after another.
As we said earlier, the spirit in the side is still there, and now what we need is all 3 points against Swansea to get out season back on track next Saturday.
Hopefully that will be in front of a sell-out crowd to cheer on the lads, who continue to show great courage and spirit this season.
It’s a time of adversity for Newcastle and that’s when the team needs the support of the fans more than ever, and we’re sure that’s exactly what they will get at St. James’ Park next Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!