When the final whistle blew on Saturday afternoon, we heard just a few boos from some of our fans, and the lads didn’t look happy when they left the field.
Fabricio Coloccini – manger thinks he’s getting back to his best
They knew, as the fans knew, that home games against sides fighting against relegation have to be Newcastle wins.
That’s if we are to end up high in the league table, and even qualify for the Europa League next season, which has to be the goal through the last 12 games of the season.
But Alan said the players were a little rusty, and the more we think of that he could be right, because our best side, which is the one we had out on Saturday, hasn’t played since the Manchester United game.
And of course since then we’ve acquired the great Papiss Cisse, and he has replaced Shola Ameobi in the team that started against the Red Devils on January 4th – and that’s eight weeks ago!
This is what Alan has to say today, about the game on Saturday:
“There were a lot of positives.” “I thought Colo looked back to his best a little bit.” “We’ve had a few positives, and we’ll take that into Sunderland.”
It seems the Newcastle manager is fairly satisfied with the performance on Saturday, after the lads were just horrendous against Spurs last time out.
But he know Newcastle will need to improve if we are to pick up 3 points against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.
If Newcastle win they will get the double over Sunderland this season, and the last time we did that was back in 2006.
That was after Glenn Roeder had taken over from the sacked Graeme Souness in February of that year, and orchestrated a 4-1 win at the Stadium of Light on 17th April.
That was after Sunderland had been leading 1-0 at the half, and earlier in the season Newcastle had whacked Sunderland 3-2 at St. James Park on Sunday, 23rd October.
Come to think of it, a double over Sunderland this season would be very nice.
In fact it would be tremendous.