Newcastle Captain – We Must Stay Calm


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.

Comments welcome.



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33 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes Collo, we have to stay calm. 5 games left and a shot at the CL can make unexperienced teams such as us very nervous.
    The “next game” mentality must stay strongly intact at this point so we do not think we have already made it.
    As AP said, if we’re guaranteed at EL at the weekend, the pressure deffo turns to the other teams. We’ve achieved Europe, which was the revised goal.

    I hope we can keep it real, as cliche as it may sound…

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Who’s thinking of Europe or CL? Certainly not us, the relegation doomed toon army!

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    are my posts registering today?

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  • MichaelMac

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyone else worried about Ba’s reaction to be sub’d yesterday? He brushed Pardew off. I can understand his frustration, however I really wouldn’t want to loose him in the Summer.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    sorry I wrote that because I’ve posted twice and they’ve not appeared. Weird. In answer to Dannyo – no never got a reply from NufcMad, which I suppose I expected from such graceless neanderthals. Probably their editor who wrote it anyway. They do have a massageboard thread entitled ‘should we support the mackems?’ though ha ha what a bunch of hypocrites….

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Tsunki…Yes, but no one wants to talk to you today 🙂 Don’t take it personally though

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Michael…It’s been well covered on here since the game. Some of the reaction has been shocking tbh. Let’s hope he’s not going anywhere!

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m hoping for a top 8 finish – Oh! We’re there!
    I’m ticking off our lowest possible finish – still could just end up caught by Everton and Liverpool. If Liverpool lose tonight then we are mathematically top 7.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    I have tried many times to answer Dannyo re that email but something in it gets my message dropped – maybe the site name? Ed may have wisely had it filtered out 🙂 They never replied. Who’d have thought? 🙂

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  • ArtyH

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    We are not playing out best football at this time but still keep on winning, its a sign of a great team. If it wasn’t for the Benny goal and Cisse of course it was an average game and the Trotters looked every bit as good as us. What I am concerned about is the last few games there have been numerous balls played across our penalty area which better teams would have scored from. We must cut those balls out more effectively.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Are we still in the middle of one of Ed’s blogsprints? I have learned it’s not worth posting any epics until late afternoon when he stops typing, otherwise it’s a good rant wasted 🙂

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    I think Ba is more dissapointed with himself as he has had a long run of games without finding the back of the net. I do not believe that he is unhappy with AP or the team, just himself and i hope he gets a goal very soon to give him his confidence back.

    Demba2 however is on fire!!!!!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki..>What email was that?

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  • tarie4

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #14

    lads would it not be better if everton win on sat and get into the final. so that when we play with them, they will rest some of their players ahead of an fa cup final?? i mean stoke and wigan are winnable. chelsea a draw man city will have nothing to play for so a win\draw and everton with a weakened side a win…thats 10/11 points. thats enough for fith or fouth. Chelsea play us liverpool and arsenal. They will deffo drop some points there.

    What u think

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #15

    ArtyH – I think we are playing just fine, especially with what has to be one of the most makeshift back fours in the land. It’s not always pretty football that is good football. We have also played everybody now so no one can use the ‘lucky’ wand on us. We have made our own fortune and teams find us hard to crack.

    Anyone else think that Bolton will not be missed if they fall through the trapdoor. I am sick and tired of them coming to our place with their boring chod and devaluing our ticket money. Goodbye.

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  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16

    I think CL football for us at this moment in time would not be good for the club…we are too paper thin a squad we could really suffer next season…if Ash doesent decide overnight to Man City us all of a sudden.

    We will suffer in the league for sure…. Europa league is the perfect bill for us I reckon….Everton must lose and we can be calm….

    Cant stop watching that HBA goal…what a lad….what a lad…

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #17

    tarie4 – i see where you are coming from but i have to disagree.

    Lets not get too caried away and focus on clinching 4th spot for Champions League as opposed to being happy (over the fecking moon) with a Europa spot.

    I will definitely be hoping that Liverfools win and that we are theoretically into Europa this weekend. THEN we can see about pushing on with nothing to lose and aiming for 4th spot with Europa already in the bag!

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  • tarie4

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #18

    besides we would want that pony tail fellow and that spanish lad get into another cup final wud we now?? 😉

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Tarie….It’s a good optimistic plan, however, I feel it would make life a lot easier on us if there were no league position spaces removed from our allocation as Everton win the cup. The truth is, we are aiming for 4th or 5th and that is achievable. We do have some tough games though and it would be lovely to know it’s only about CL, not Europa

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #20

    @Tsunki
    I have not seen the reply regarding the e-mail, no.
    But ye, it’s probably best if u just remove any adresses, i’ve experienced the same as u.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #21

    One thing i have learnt from this season, one must pay his taxes, thank goodness they are deductet at source

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  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Looking at what Chelksi have to play and Spurs we definitely have the tougher games …Chelski away and City at home….

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #23

    if we qualify for UCL, surely ashley will buy players wont he

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Tarie…Would or wouldn’t?

    Pecorino…The same could be said for the Europa League. Is our “squad” ready for any extra games really? Are we better to play on a Wednesday than a Thursday? There is extra revenue from the CL. Do we think we’ll actually win either comp next season?

    I feel it’s about exposure, revenue and attracting / keeping players for now.

    I agree on league position though. I want to do well in all cups, of course, but league should still be our priority. Yes Liverpool have won a cup this season, I’d still take our season over theirs though…but maybe I’m viewing it through my black n white shades 🙂

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  • tarie4

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #25

    pecorino
    sorry have to disagree cl is perfect right now.

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  • tarie4

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #26

    sorry… wouldnt…hahahahaha

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #27

    2nd Repost for irishtoons benefit, think its worthwhile for the lad.

    IrishToon- if i was you i wud buy a membership 25quid and then get tickets now, other games Sunderland i know have sold out before general sale (liverpool/manutd close to sellout), and the cheaper tickets (man city game 40quid) will go first, if we win our next two the game will be a sell out and you may miss out, just register on website and then you are assured of 2 of the cheaper tickets, advise try and get in the gallowgate as atmosphere is better in their. more towards the east stand side of the ground.

    If you are paying for flights you might as well make sure you get the tickets. Wud be a shame if you missed out.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #28

    Tarie…Thought as much 🙂

    Do you know what, they can have it. Doesn’t reflect badly on us imo. We now have a better team than they were part of and are serious CL contenders.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #29

    Ba couldn’t possibly quibble with Pardew’s decision to bring him off, because, let’s be honest, for 70 mins he was distinctly mediocre, and Shola did more in the last 20 mins than Ba did all game. Pardew, inexplicably in my view, changed the system yesterday to get Ba back in the middle, and we created less than we have for the last few weeks. I don’t know what is going on with Ba, but he has been ‘under the weather’ since returning from the ACN, and all the business about his release clause was made public. Some are saying that he is being pulled in all directions by a member of his own family, who is on his management team, and trying to fix him up with a move to PSG.I don’t know if there’s any truth in this, but he certainly hasn’t been the same player in recent weeks, and perhaps we are seeing why his national team manager rarely plays him alongside Cisse.

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  • phizzyJ

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #30

    I literally can’t get over our situation right now! All these years of supporting Newcastle, and never been more proud of our team than now!!! English owned, English managed, good proportion of English players and we do things properly!! Don’t overpay for anything and we show it can work!!!
    Would have thought i was the last one to say this but I believe after MA decided to do it his way and run like a business(which he is obviously good at) he has now got it right and think he could do with a lot of plaudits!

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Wow what a player Coloccini has become. The season he turned up at the toon, he was poor, and probably got quite a bit more stick than Williamson, given his price-tag and wages, giving that extra expectations.
    Now, he’s one of the best centre-backs in the league, without much arguement, even from fans of other clubs I speak to. He’s got great physical attributes, great skill, and he’s a great leader. And with a new addition to CB to partner him next season, and Steven Taylor fit, a left footed LB, and other additional signings Newcastle only look like getting better. Especially if we achieve the unthinkable, and get that 35million fourth spot, which would give us not just a Champions League spot, but the ability to buy the best players, and they’ll have more reasons than not to sign for Newcastle United. Champions League football for a club that welcomes a 50,000 home fans to it’s matches, great away supporters, and a City that loves the club. Surely it would change the summer targets? I mean would Newcastle still go after Jay Rodriguez, or would that give them the chance to sneak a Berbatov or somebody of that calibre?

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  • davis_toons

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #32

    MA have put in alot to help th club which was own by him. He didnt just sell it cheap and run away from it.

    He drop it into a slump, pick it up again and polish it.

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  • CAToon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #33

    The teamwork and support between players on and off the pitch is fantastic. During the successful periods in the 90s and early 2000s, AS kept the many difficult personalities from bringing the club down (that only happened after he retired), there are no massive personalities on the club now, just a team of lads working tirelessly for each other. They epitomize what it means to be Newcastle.

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