Pardew – It Will Be Difficult Without Coloccini

Newcastle United’s captain Fabricio Coloccini could miss up to four matches with the hamstring injury he picked up yesterday afternoon in the first half.

Fab Coloccini – injured yesterday – out for four matches?

It seems that Fab picked it up after about 36 minutes of the game, and Davide Santon immediately warmed up and we wonder why he wasn’t replaced immediately?

It’s good and bad news that Fab played out the first half, good because the injury probably wasn’t too bad, but bad because he could have made it worse.

We never like to see players jeep playing when they are injured because nine times out of ten, it can do them no good.

Alan Pardew, who was obviously delighted after the game with Newcastle’s terrific performance yesterday, told nufcTV  the Argentine could miss up to four games:

“We lost Coloccini today and we might lose him for three or four games, so it could be difficult without him,” 

“But the players’ attitude all year has been immense, and I thought in particular James Perch was absolutely outstanding.”

“Papiss had cramp, so there’s no problem there.”  “But Coloccini is a hamstring, so we will have to cross our fingers and hope that he’s going to be okay for the run-in.”

“He’s certainly not going to make next week against Liverpool – I’m 100 per cent sure of that.”

James Perch was in good form again yesterday,  and apart from the Tim Krul and Mike Williamson hesitancy and misunderstanding, that led to Shane Long’s goal, the Newcastle defensive play was very solid.

And that bodes well for the last eight games, four of which could be without the Newcastle captain.

It’s now on to Liverpool next Sunday afternoon, with a guaranteed full house at St. James’ Park, and the only thing that matters now is to beat Liverpool.

For the first time in a long time Newcastle may be building a top side on Tyneside!

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah, Collo out is a major worry, he’s my player of the season with a doubt. Closely followed by Krul and Ba.
    I’ve gone from thinking we might win it against Liverpool to hoping we get the draw.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Just come out of the blocks rampaging against Liverpool, I’m sure we can still get a result.

    Perch almost looked Coloccini-esque playing CB. I remember a volleyed backheel down the line, straight to Santon, that Colo would have been proud. Reads the game quite well. He’s fearless too, loves a tackle and will put his head in anywhere.

    Hail Perch! And I don’t mean pelters!

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Where is the faith lads?

    With Ba, Benny and Cisse we can out score liverfool!!

    We’ve had peacock, bramble, boumsong, goma, the gooch, dabizas etc…

    With bramble we got into the champions leauge!!

    I know Willo’s head has gone but with perchinho in the team I do not fear! He is far better than cacapa and I’ve got faith that we can win 4-3!!!

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    I must say a massive hats off to Perch in recent weeks, I remeber being in the east stand against Chelsea when Colo went off and there was a groan around the ground at Perchys introduction. I have criticized him as much as any other, but to be fair hes playing really well at the minute, and hes fearless.

    Yes hes not an arial prescence but he wont need to be, Wilo needs a big game against Carroll if he plays, but With tiote coming back and potentially Raylor there abouts somewerem we have enough defensive cover to do well imo.

    In that Chelsea game at home we lost 3-0 but they scored two whil saylor was on one leg, and Perch played well AGAIN.

    He has only had stick when playing CD alongside simmo who is about the same height and not a CD by trade, They were dominated in the air. While Saylor was still on the pitch against Chelsea we held our own.

    Perch just has to sweep and cover the holes through balls etc and put a shift in. Willo looks after Carroll.


  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    And lets rally around Willo FFS!

    The lad is just short of confidence at the moment and needs support, we need him more than ever now, and since he came to the club hes been a top pro and given 110% every ime he has played. A few supportive messages to the club would not go ammis im sure!


  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I was in the Gallowgate and the groan was just as loud there,but as you say hats off to the lad he’s put in some grreat shifts of late.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    @ 4

    True, i agree with you. P.s i like your formation! HWTL

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8


    To be fair it was kind of funny at the time like lol!

    But Im really starting to rate him, We have to remember hes still young and was captain of Forrest, Hughton rated him and so does Pards, he can be a mug.

    I think hes going to develop into a solid prem DM, great cover for Tiote I think. Good squad player.

    Im starting a ”Lets look after Wilo” Campaign.


  • SwedishMagpie

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #9

    It will be so funny to see Jose Enriques face after we win on sunday

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10



    class chant yesterday

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    To think, 9m Cisse is equal on goals after 6 games, with 35m Carroll, who’s had 35 outings for the ‘fool.


    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #12

    This is a major worry for the next few games!

    It is also the reason why the two Dutch defenders need to be bought in close season! Douglas or Pieters would both be able to come on for Collo if he got injured!

    The win now on sunday against Liverfool is seriously in doubt!

  • Ben3arfa

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    We have to win against Liverpool! not only to redeem loosing at anfield but to prove carroll and enrique that we are the better team and have better ambitions than their current club .. those are after all the reasons why they left us for liverpool

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    The best we can do against Liverpool, is to keep the ball out of our defense as much as possible. It’s our weakest link by far and with Colo out I am a bit worried.

    Tiote probably needs to drop down a bit to safeguard our central defenders. Agree with much of you, that Perch has been a model professional lately and he has put in some good performances, but I don’t like the idea of him in central defense, not one bit at all.

    I have said this before, Guardiola likes to field a team of nothing but midfielders, so on behalf of that I would like to second the idea someone posted yesterday about playing Tiote in central defense.

    Perch next to Willo is a no-go for me. I cannot stress this enough. It’s going to be the Simmo/Perch incidence all over again 🙁

    On a side note, wasn’t it great to see Pardew going for a 4-3-3 with Ba, Papisto, HBA up front 🙂 I would keep that formation against Liverpool if Papisto is fit again.

    My only worry, beside Colo 😉 is our second half display of late.

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15


    Tiote at CB not only is a penalty waiting to happen, but also takes bite out of midfield, Cabaye cannot handle Gerrard, Adam Henderson on his own mate.

    I guarantee you that would be a recipe for disaster

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Colo-Sus, I am not saying it is a bullet-proof idea 🙂 but we has a situation here and I am looking for another solution than Putting Perch next to Willo, cause that’s a mistake leading to goals waiting to happen 😉 lol

    My point with putting Tiote in defense was a reference to Barca – they seems to be playing with midfielders on every position and with huge success.

    For me is like choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea 😉 if you get what I mean.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyone elkse see Peiters play against Ajax last night? Maybe not a great game, but how good is he? Doesnt look like a player who would be good going forward, although not easy to get around?

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Colo-Sus, you know what they say – desperate times calls for desperate measures 😉 lol


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