We didn’t feel good before last night’s win at Blackburn.
Fab Coloccini tussles with David Dunn last night
And when we wrote we just didn’t have a good feeling about the game last night in our match preview, that probably cheered up a of of Newcastle fans. 😀
And would you believe it, the lads got a terrific win 2-0, and we were wrong again!
Yes, we were lucky in that first half last night, and it was a bit like the QPR first half at Loftus Road earlier in the season, but luck tends to even itself out over the season, and we haven’t had too much luck recently, so we’ll take it.
There were lots of positives to take out of last night’s game, with Tim Krul again in great form in the Newcastle goal – what a goalkeeper this lad is turning out to be for Newcastle.
And Coloccini back from his groin strain, again showed he is a much improved center-back in the Premier League, and we need to get this man signed up on Tyneside for the next several years.
His agent is jetting over from Argentina, and we believe the club are confident they can come to terms with Fab, and sign him to a new and improved four and a half year deal.
Coloccini is almost a cult hero on Tyneside, and we think when his new deal is announced, Newcastle fans will welcome the good news.
30 year-old Coloccini talked about the game last night:
“We knew Blackburn would make it hard for us,” “The game was probably not that good to watch, and sometimes we couldn’t play our best football, but we showed the character of the team.”
“It’s good to win in this way, and we know now that we can have dreams because we’re one point, maybe two points, away from the total you need to be safe.”
“That’s good, because we can look forward. Why not dream about playing in a European cup?” “I think it is okay to dream – but only if we keep winning.”
While the club are getting Coloccini signed up to a new deal, let’s also get Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson signed up to long term deals – now.
And there were other things to take out of last night’s game that were positives for Newcastle – James Perch had another good game – this time in defensive midfield, and his good form of late lessens the worry in case Fabricio Coloccini or Mike Williamson are injured.
Only if we have some very bad luck and we lose both of them together, will Newcastle be struggling at center-back.
And it was great to see Gabby Obertan score – and he took his goal very well, and we loved the pointing to the fans after he scored right right at the end to make it 2-0, and he was put through by a lovely ball from Peter Lovenkrands.
Obertan dedicated his first goal for Newcastle to the fantastic fans who were at the game last night, and we hope to see more goals from the talented French winger.
Whiel we didn’t play well last night in the first half, just think what we can do when we do play well – and the lads have a chance to show the fans what they can do at St. James’ Park on Sunday against Aston Villa.
That game should be a sell-out, to welcome back Demba Ba and to to welcome Papiss Cisse to St. James’ Park for the first time.
And it was interesting to learn from Papiss earlier in the week that Newcastle had agreed a fee to sign him last June, but his club SC Freiburg reneged on the deal.
Since we signed Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid in June, it could have been even better with Cisse arriving, and indeed Newcastle would have spent some of the Carroll money last summer after all.
But better late then never, and Cisse was a fantastic signing for us last month, and we have a feeling that in the summer we’ll see some more very good players signed by the club – with a lot of the ground-work already done.
With the win last night, we have a good chance of another 3 points on Sunday, and things are definitely looking up for Newcastle United.
Long may that continue.
Howay The Lads!!