Fabricio Coloccini returned to the side yesterday, and played a solid game at the back for Newcastle, alongside the in-form Mike Williamson.
Fabricio Coloccini in action yesterday against Bolton
Coloccini also had a more than decent effort on goal in the first half, and that was probably our best effort in the first half but the Bolton goalkeeper saved well high up to his left.
But it’s the defense on which the success of the last five games has been founded, and we have conceded just one goal in that time-frame – the daft one at West Brom.
But we’ve scored 10 goals in those five games, so our goal difference has improved by 9 and it is now up to +8, but still much worse than the three London sides we are competing with – Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Fabricio is hardly getting carried away with things, and he says it’s important for Newcastle to stay calm and just pick up as many points as we can in the final five games of the season.
Fab was interviewed in the dressing room after the game yesterday:
“I think we are in a good moment, so we have to enjoy it – but as well, keep calm because we have the last five games and we have to push as hard as we can to get a good position in the league.”
“I don’t want to speak about Europa League or Champions League, but we just want to finish in the best position we can.” “We are playing much better than maybe two months ago.”
“Against Swansea, we played really well without the ball, we worked hard. Today as well – today, maybe we had more of the ball than against Swansea and we did a great job.”
“If we keep clean sheets, we give the confidence to the strikers to score. Now we know if we can score one, maybe we can win the game so it’s very important.”
“And when you have players like Hatem, when you need him he can bring out his skill and change the game. That’s important for us because when we’re finding it hard to score as a team, his skill can make the difference.”
“It’s difficult because it’s my first game and when you start the game, you never know what can happen during the match,” “But I felt very good and I finished well, and we won – so everything’s perfect!”
Newcastle have this weekend off, since Chelsea was the planned game but they play Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.
Next up for Newcastle is Stoke City and the only thing that matters now is working out a game plan so we can take all 3 points against the Potters.
We;ve already done that at their place when we won 3-1 and Demba Ba scored a hat-trick.
Now we need to do it again a week on Saturday – that’s all that really matters right now.