Fabricio Coloccini has talked today about the derby game at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, against local rivals Sunderland.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle captain in double over Sunderland?
The Argentine has one game under his belt as captain of Newcastle in the derby games, and he has a 1-0 win to show for it, and that’s through that fantastic free kick by Ryan Taylor at the Stadium of Light in August, in our second league game of the season.
Now Newcastle have a chance to get the double over Sunderland for the first time since the 2005-2006 season, and it seems the lads are up for it.
This is what Fabricio had to say about the game today:
“When we won the first game, people were stopping me in the street to tell me how pleased they were,” “I am sure the same thing will happen again if we win this weekend.”
“People tell me that if you are a winning captain against Sunderland, what you have achieved is never forgotten. I have won one game against them as captain – now I want to make it two.”
“Getting to be captain of Newcastle is one of the best things that has happened in my career. It is not just that you are the captain for the rest of the players in the dressing room”
“You are also the captain for the whole of the club and the whole of the city. I suppose it is matches like this that show you just how important a position that is.”
“I am very proud to be captain here, and I would love to be a captain that has won two matches against Sunderland in the same season. I know that would make the fans happy and it would make me happy too.”
“I can still remember my first derby game very strongly,” “People had told me what to expect, but the noise from the Newcastle fans was still something very special.”
“The game has an atmosphere all of its own – it is almost like playing back in South America because it is so noisy and passionate. That is probably the best comparison I can make.”
“It is nice to be able to play in a game like this, but it is only nice at the end if you win. Like always, that is the most important thing.” “I have seen Sunderland a few times and they are starting to do well now,”
“They seem to have improved under their new manager. But we have been doing well all season and there is no reason at all why we should be worried about this game.”
“We have had a great season, but it is not finished yet. There are still some big things we can achieve, and one of the biggest would be beating Sunderland again. It would be a special three points.”
Newcastle have only two home defeats this season, to Chelsea and West Brom, and we have won four of our five games at home this year, so the stats look fairly good.
And at 6th top of the table, Newcastle are three places above Sunderland, and these are the games Newcastle must win – at home to a side lower in the league table – if we are to hold onto our 6th spot in the league table and a possible Europa League place next season.
Of course we always have to beat Sunderland, wherever we are in the league table.
But Sunderland are also a much better team under Martin O’Neill than they ever were when Steve Bruce was in charge, even though it’s exactly the same squad of players.
Sunderland have won 10 of their 16 matches with the former Wycombe Wanderers, Leicester City, Celtic and Aston Villa manager in charge, and it will be a tough game on Sunday, there’s no doubt about that.
The fixture last year ended up with Newcastle 3-0 up at the half, 5-0 up after 90 minutes, and a goal conceded in injury time made the result 5-1 – which was the biggest Newcastle win over Sunderland for over 50 years, and captain Kevin Nolan got a hat trick.
We’ll settle for a win on Sunday by any margin, and the double, but a win is surely what Newcastle badly need on Sunday.