Newcastle did not have a good disciplinary record last season in the Premier League.
Fab Coloccini – disciplined at the back for Newcastle
In fact, we were bottom of the Premier League Fair Play table last season after getting 82 yellow cards and three red cards.
The Fair Play Award was won by Chelsea, who finished on top of the Fair Play Table, and we were were deemed to be the least sporting team, and finished bottom of the table.
But we’ve done a bit better this season, and currently have 60 yellows and two reds, so on yellow cards that’s only 73% of last season, but we still have five games to play.
Last season Cheick Tiote picked up 15 yellow cards and one red card, Kevin Nolan had 10 yellow cards, Joey Barton 8, and James Perch had 6 yellows, and Fab Coloccini and Ryan Taylor were the other two players apart from Cheick, to be sent off.
This season Cheick has picked up only 8 yellow cards, Danny Simpson 7 and Yohan Cabaye 6, and James Perch has been well behaved on just two yellow cards, with Jonas Gutierrez and Dan Gosling the two players to be sent off.
It’s helped a bit that Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton are no longer at the club, with their 18 yellow cards between them last term.
Fabricio displays calmness and class at the back for Newcastle, and his tempered and experienced approach to the game seems to have rubbed off on other players, and Alan Pardew certainly seems to think so:
“This is our leader on the pitch in terms of our temperament.” “Look at our disciplinary record.”
“It’s been outstanding – we don’t answer back, we get on with it.” “It’s all led by him here – he sets the right example.”
With having this weekend off, it gives the Newcastle players a welcome break, before the last five games of the season, and it seems that both Cheick Tiote and Danny Guthrie will be available for the vital home game against Stoke City a week tomorrow.
We’re dreaming we can get all 3 points in that game.