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Magpies Fighting For A Dream – Fans Already In Dreamland

11:22 pm, Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

The Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, who was named last night in the PFA Team of the Year, has said that Newcastle are fighting for a dream.

Fab Coloccini – Newcastle’s experienced and very cool captain

Fab says that Newcastle’s target had been the Europa League, but now Newcastle have qualified for that,  since the lowest they can now finish in the league table in 6th, and that team makes the Europa League this season.

Newcastle have won six games in a row for the first time since the heady days of Kevin Keegan and the Entertainers back in 1996.

And 4th place in the league table is the highest Newcastle have been,  since the great Sir Bobby Robson managed his home-town club to 3rd place back in 2003.

Coloccini has come out today and said Newcastle are now fighting for a dream:

“Our objective was the Europa League, but now we have a dream, so why not fight for this?”  “We have arrived here in this position as a team. Papiss, Demba  Ba, Yohan – whoever scores, it’s good for the team.”

“That’s the most important thing: the team.”  “We don’t have one Maradona, one Messi. The importance is placed on the group, and that’s why we are where we are now.”

“We can’t think too far ahead, instead just try to play the game and keep going like this, and then when we finish the season we can see how we did.”  “We’re very happy because we’re doing well, we’re playing well now, so now is the time to enjoy this.”

“When we play at home and we score early, it’s good for us because then we can keep the ball. We know when we have to attack, when we have to clear the ball and we can play with width.

“Now we have a very tough game against Wigan, because they’re playing very well, but we’re always confident.”

Over the last couple of months or so we must say it’s all seemed like a dream, with almost everything going right for Newcastle, both on and off the field.

Not only has Alan Pardew created an excellent side, with top-class team spirit and camaraderie, but the financial side of things at Newcastle also seems to be in excellent shape, for the first time for a long time.

Coloccini has been an excellent captain at the back for Newcastle in his first season as captain, and his cool experienced approach to things has certainly helped the Newcastle side this season.

The 30 year-old has been capped 34 times by Argentina, and he has thoroughly deserved to be in the PFA Team of the Year.

Coloccini says the lads are going for a dream – to qualify for the Champions League –  and most of us are already in dreamland, such has been the unexpected and great success of Newcastle United this season.

All Newcastle have to do now is to keep their feet firmly on the ground – and try to win each of the last four games of the season.

If the lads can do that,  then this season has certainly been a miracle – no doubt about that.

Howay The Lads!!



Tags: Europa League · European Champions League · European Competition · Newcastle News



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39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spuggy // Apr 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Collo is a geordie!!! La la la la

  • 2 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Apr 23, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    I actually disagree a tiny bit here- Hatem Ben Arfa can be our one star- the star on top of the tree.

    Though that would be an awful sentiment for team members to have.

  • 3 Taking the Papiss // Apr 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Gonufc while I agree with the idea that he has that sprinkle of stardust that can make things happen, it’s that attitude that made him lazy and arrogant in the past. We have some spectacular individuals but they all now know that no.1 priority is to be a team player. It has worked so well so far, I have no reason to doubt this ethos and it looks like Pards is willing to police it fairly brutally

  • 4 Graeme // Apr 23, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    European Qualification was but a pipedream not too many weeks ago!! That has now become a cetainty over the weekend, so WHY NOT go flat out for the CL??

    We have absolutely nothing to lose and Oh so much to gain. It would give the players immense pride in having pulled it off, hopefully keeping them ALL at NUFC next season.

    It adds yet another reason why other players would want to come join the team that is going places – with a smile on their face and a spring in their step!!

    Its like reliving 1969 all over again lol – bring it on!!!

  • 5 ImightBe Wrong // Apr 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    I was wondering if Everton copied our Coloccini song and changed it to Fellani. Or did they sing it first?

  • 6 davybtoon // Apr 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    buzzing at the thought of us getting debuchy n chedjou from lille for 12mil hpe this happens both 26 n lots of experience

  • 7 TimKrulFan // Apr 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    People who think Simpson is bad and want some attacking pacey Rb are mad 4-3-3 with 2 attacking rbs would be insane for me I’d be happy with perch and buy clyne from palace

  • 8 soundoid // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Pards put tevez on the bench at West Ham. Tevez is a great player but thinks he’s bigger than the team. Lets hope Pards and our 2 Argie’s show him what it means to be a team player. It’s a big ask but i think between Pards Colo and Jonas we can shut him out. We really do have a great chance of upsetting….. well just about everyone execpt Man U, already got 4 points off of them tho:)

  • 9 davybtoon // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    tim clynne is on a free transfer this summer

  • 10 jimmyxavi // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Fed up of people like Beattie25 slating Danny Simpson.

    I’ve just read a few articles from august when people where saying that we’d be lucky to finish in the top 10 and that we would do nothing because we hadn’t replaced Andy Carroll.

    Look we are 4th.. I think Simmo has played in every game this season. He is the only defender to do so. This is the problem with our fans, they forget we a championship club a couple of years ago! They forget that we where being tipped for a relegation fight this year, by our own fans also!

    Simmo has done a quality job, Beattie25 saying that he hasn’t saved us any points. One goal line clearance has saved us at least 2 points and he’s done 7. That’s 14 points saved.

    Beattie25 if you knew anything about football, (I can say I do, I played for a few League 1 and 2 clubs up to the age of 19 im 24 now, Managed by ex pro’s such as Dez Hazel at Halifax u’19s and current managers such as Keith Hill when I was at Rochdale. I currently play as a striker for University in the BUCS League! I also have my FA Level 3 coaching badge) you would understand that positioning is a the key element of a defenders game. A good defender doesn’t have to be a good footballer, just good positionally.

    Stop slaggin g Simmo and just support the team because we are doing a lot better than anyone could have ever imagined.

  • 11 jimmyxavi // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Sorry for the confusion, Beattie was saying Simmo was lucky with his positioning.

  • 12 Big Pappa Cisse // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    A think tavernier deserves a shot b4 we consider clyne imo

  • 13 soundoid // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Simmo has come on so much can you remember Harper ripping him a new one for not showing a winger down the channel last Season. This season he has been fine. I don’t understand people banging on about we need an attacking full back jeez maybe a few months ago we needed another outlet but FFS we have our attack sorted but our defence came first. 11 games unbeaten.Then the injury wobble. Now with Cisse we have our attack sorted. We have a really balanced side that can defend and attack.

    Happy days.

  • 14 soundoid // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    I think it’s only a matter of time before we slap a side silly.

  • 15 jimmyxavi // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    I think our fans don’t like success.. I mean our signings turn out to be some of the best players in the premiership, but for peanuts and people still bang on about needing a big money signing.

    The only way to make them happy is to buy a player for about 20m, on massive wages, cant buy any other players because he’s took up the full budget, then he flops, then we whinge about our owners and manager signing a flop for big money when we could have signed some others instead.

    We should follow the Liverpool model, that way all our fans can be happy whining each week!

  • 16 soundoid // Apr 24, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    jimmyxavi

    I think we like the roller coaster of slapping a side 5-1 then loosing the week after 1-0

    I must admit I’m liking the smug feeling of knowing we can only…..ONLY finish 6th. 4th depending on us, 3rd depending on other results…

    How funny is that.

  • 17 Shearer260 // Apr 24, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    jimmy xavi I think you’re right. bring back Michael Owen for £35 million and play him as a lone striker where he’d get destroyed after one game. The mood of the blog has picked up so much over the last couple of months, with members who carried on about how ‘nobody knew what they were talking about’ if they even mentioned any kind of success for newcastle. They’re not the fans the club needs, because they’re not really fans at all. Long may this winning streak continue. NEWCASTLE FOR THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!

  • 18 jimmyxavi // Apr 24, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Soundoid

    I think we might finish 3rd… A few of my mates are Arsenal fans and they slate that idea but you just never know!

    Wigan is a winnable game and so is the Chelsea game. Chelsea proved against arsenal that they would drop there 1st team players for the game against Barca and they will drop them against us as they have the FA cup final! That would leave us level on points with Arsenal if Arsenal beat stoke away which will be tough.

    Then it’s just the small problem of Man City! I think Pardew will use tactics like he did against Swansea and just counter attack!

  • 19 davis_toons // Apr 24, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    jimmyxavi // Apr 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    What you have say is true Simpson is an improve player but he seems to think overly. What is wrong with the offer? low pay?

    I think we should get in another RB regardless of Simpson signing to created some competition at the position, (for perch he is a utility like Rtylor) there are still some quality RB around..or some younger player. etc..

    I think that AlanHutton was a good RB as well. Can bring the ball up and can head. Maybe we can look for some quality like this.

    Lastly is to give in to Simpson on what his contract wants and train him up on some of his forward run /play as a FB in how to support a RW/RM/ARM/RF
    and not just Deep Cross and Clear the ball at every situation. (But will still be good if he does it if unsure)

    He does improve in running into higher position up the field but when he gets the ball he tends to pass it backwards too much just remind me of AlanSmith. (Maybe he got to take his chance and go for the pass forward, he can still improve thats for sure.)

    e.g. When Hatem deliver a good pass frm Left to Right to him, he didnt do much with the ball even when he have space. (Thats where he can improve during the pre-season tranning as well)

    Conclu : Needs a New RB for Competition of places for improvement in the team.

  • 20 jimmyxavi // Apr 24, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Davis_Toons,

    I agree that he isn’t the complete package and another full back in the summer would be good competition. However Simmo learnt his trade from Gary Neville, who built a career by just doing his job. Simmo is the same, he just does his job! He does deliver some decent balls into the box though!

  • 21 jimmyxavi // Apr 24, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Shearer260,

    I think ED should write 2 articles when we reach Champions League – One for the fans who understand how much an achievement it it and another for the fans who think that we should have won the league with a big money strike force such as Carroll, Torres or Suarez leading the line!

  • 22 soundoid // Apr 24, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    10 game winning run is a hard thing to do. Thing is for the first time this season I can see us doing it and the other sides dropping points. HBA has some unfinished business with City. Win at Wigan then 3rd is on the cards.

  • 23 LGFUAD21 // Apr 24, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Been keeping up with the comments on here tonight via phone and I have a few pennies to add.

    Shocked people are still Simmo bashing!!!

    First a bit of the background. I like to think I know a bit about football. My second cousin is a former professional player (Bristol City, Crystal Palace) and now a professional first team coach. My dad used to coach the local team. I now spend some of my spare time helping out coaching a youth team with strong links to the Arsenal academy, hence my knowledge of Arsenal (for those who know me). It may only be youth football but the basics are still there. Ask any manager and they will probably tell you that youth team coaching do know something about basic footballing.

    Yes Simmo is not a tough tackling, flair defender hat we all want to see. But I think those critics clearly do not watch him.

    I’ve always defended the lad on here and Im not one of the optimism valley guys (though I commend them on their efforts). I was raised a Toon fan by some very pessimistic Toon supporters.

    But Im yet to read or hear a good criticism of Simmo. It always the same “He’s not good enough, Championship at best, good squad player nothing more”. Thats not an argument. That makes you look like the very Liverfool fans we were all laughing at earlier for being deluded and having a clear lack of knowledge.

    Look at the stats. Simmo is statistically one of the best RBs in the league (based on numerous factors).

    How many attacks that lead to goals actually come from Simmo’s side of the field?

    It’ll surprise you considering we all consider the right side to be our weakest defensively (HBA in front, whereas the Left has Jonas to babysit)

    We all seem to think the sun shines from Santon’s rear (and he is a good looking young player with a lot of potential) but actually most of our lethal attacks have come from catching us on the break or the Left side. It is only recently Santon has looked an able defender. Always looked great on the attack with an abundance of talent but until recently has been a weak defender.

    Simmo looks ineffective but, and I’ve been through this, he performs well within his abilities and to his strengths.

    He is not a tough tackler. He is a very strategic RB. He defends with the mind of a chess player at times. He closes down opponents. He corners them and waits to strike. He holds up play allowing for our other 3 defenders to restructure while refusing to let his man onto his strongest foot. This seems like he is just backing off a lot but he isn’t he is in fact limiting what they can do with the ball. He is not committing to moves that will allow his opponent to take advantage of him. He is holding play up and waiting for them to make the move, and generally the mistake before defending.

    This all makes for tense viewing at times but believe me it is the safer way to play it and he can because, while the likes of HBA have the potential to rip him apart, there are few players in the prem up against Simmo that are able to do that.

    On top of that, think of how many times he has saved us through goal line clearances?

    You can argue til your blue in the face about “that is what a defender is for”. But in reality, how many RB’s do that. In terms of a55 saving, he is only rivaled by Terry.

    Surely you know that all managers at least try to do their homework. Surely this is in some part why most teams actually chose to exploit our Left flank rather than our right.

    Do you see how many crosses the lad cuts out.

    Now yes, compared with the likes of Krul, Colo, Tiote, Cabaye, Ba, HBA, Cisse, our RB is an area with room for improvement. But that does not mean Simmo is a poor defender. Not perfect but a solid player to have at CB.

    Simmo was part of that defense at the beginning of the season with the best record in England, let alone the league. We have conceded 1 goal in 6, Again Simmo has been part of that.

    You can go on all you want about better RBs in the league. But you can do that for most positions. It’s like saying RVP or Rooney are better strikers than Ba. Ultimately it doesnt mean that he is not good enough

  • 24 davis_toons // Apr 24, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    jimmyxavi
    Yes, do agreed on that Neville stuff (I have though of that as well) but even Phil Neville is a different player,

    And Neville is a very smart player (thats why he survior/lasted) that knows his run and he times it so well everytime on when to run behind and support then either put in a cross or pass it back/ through it.

    Thats what Simpson have on his Smartness was his positionally sense that have mention. (goalline clearence and etc)

    But when Utd starts to Recurit its was all about (1)Strong in Defence and Fast in Attack or (2)Strong in Defence and Can Bring the ball Forward players. (3) All rounder that can play across the back. Thats why Simpson was also here tbh.

    (For us maybe can still make do, it might be too much to ask for all three, unless youth and RAW talent we pick up, who knows)

    To compete we will either train harder on our current and upgrade our youth player or buy and compete.

    Btw, Simpson played fairly well against his old club. Still hope we can get someone within the Club (Stylor, or etc) or outside for RB for competition.

  • 25 davis_toons // Apr 24, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Tbf to Simmo. He was NOT lucky with his positioning sense. Thats his Strenght while his weakness we all knows..

  • 26 Trent Toon // Apr 24, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    I distinctly remember coloccini said he will shave his head!

    http://www.tynetime.com/2012/04/23/will-fabricio-coloccini-keep-his-promise-to-newcastle-united-fans/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=will-fabricio-coloccini-keep-his-promise-to-newcastle-united-fans

    Amazing that it is in our hands whether we get there or not! I never thought colo would shave his hair! He said he would the match before plymouth argyle! Amazing!!!!

  • 27 serene0380 // Apr 24, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    The 1st time i saw colo was during the Youth Olympic where he impressesed so much he was the outstanding defender for Arg. I thought if Newcastle were to have him our defends will surly improve. And years after we really bring him SJP.

    He struggler with Spidy during their 1st year in a very “messy n badly run club” Now i was all left with him and Jonas to help improve the club further.

    He is a very good pro. Remb how WaynRooney kicked e ball at him and his handshake right after.

  • 28 redondo77 // Apr 24, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    Our story kinda similar to Juventus few years back, but the difference is they were relegated because of scandal and started -17points. Now they are chasing for the title and playing in CL. Hopefully we can be like Juventus, and believe it or not this is the era for black and white army.

  • 29 redondo77 // Apr 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    Trent Toon

    Hahaha nice.
    I have a feeling that he will stay here until the end of his career. Do we have tradition like in AC Milan?Like retire his number until his family member play for the team again. I think that tradition is really great to honour a player who is loyal to the team.

  • 30 redondo77 // Apr 24, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    His hair probably will be kept in the museum heheheh.

  • 31 redondo77 // Apr 24, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    Again about full backs, I don’t know why people here keep complaining and asking to get a new full backs.
    We have 6 RB/LB and we only have 3CB (2CB due to Saylor long term injury). I don’t see any problems with our RB and LB. If we buy another 1 or 2 full back, it will be very difficult to manage when you have 7 or 8 players for 2 positions, unless we are planning to sell or not using Tav and Fergie. It’s insane if we buy another full back!
    I can’t see anyone better right now and low cost than what we have. Simo, Santon, Raylor, Perch aren’t good enough? Pieters/ Chissoko/ Mbeque / Evra / Jose /Cole compare to Santon, I’ll take Santon any days, he is still 21. Simmo is a traditional RB, his mind is set on defending not attacking, he is not Alves or Maicon type.
    I’m happy if we just get 1 or 2 more CB.

  • 32 dmac // Apr 24, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    What if Colo is like Samson and becomes shit after his hair is gone!!’ Keep it i say!!! Just to be on the safe side haha!

    Colo is a geordie!

  • 33 jonobbad // Apr 24, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Jimmyxavi,
    While i do agree that danny simpson gets too much stick, i cant agree with everything. If he makes a goal line clearance when were 2 0 up does that save 2 points?
    And also just because you have played a little bit more football at most doesnt make you any more knowledgable than anyone else

  • 34 Johann // Apr 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Hey Gus!

    As I´m related to Hodgson and I´ve talked a bit about football with him, in addition I´ve watched Shearer play a lot. Met Philippe Albert once and we talked about defending and then I´ve played football myself and want to get coaching badges so you should read carefully what I say.

    I think Simpsons defensive positioning is poor and therefore I´d want another right back.

  • 35 Lyter // Apr 24, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/R-amalfitano-a-newcastle/279229

    Article pretty much translates to..

    Out of contract in Reims, Romain Amalfitano will not stay in Champagne next season, even when mounted in Ligue 1. According to reports in France Football that we were confirmed, the 23 year old midfielder will join Newcastle, where he signed a lease until June 2015. In the eye of the Magpies for two months, former player of Evian-TG did not show such an opportunity pass. He will have to fight to get a place in a team that could play the C1 next season. – C.O

  • 36 Vask // Apr 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Johann, I’m related to Andy Sinton and met Ruel Fox once. I also had a kick-about with my mates in the park. I can tell you. Pardew knows more than you.

  • 37 rob // Apr 24, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    ba-cisse-ben arfa
    gutierrez-cabaye-tiote
    pieters-collo-saylor-santon
    krul

    subs- harper, raylor ,willo, gosling, marveux, ameobi , best

    beautiful team

  • 38 Robby Bobson // Apr 24, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    I misread this as “fans already in dortmund”…was thinking fans trying to guess our first opposition??

  • 39 PUMMELLER // Apr 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Johann
    I hope that was written as a joke .. It’s laughable either way!
    Let’s not bring this blog back down to player bashing please!
    Every one of our squad have played their own part in playing us into a chance of the CL. Its natural that we still look at where we can improve, but do it in the right way by talking about a player that you think can improve us.
    On Simpson .. He is one of the most solid RBs in the league , there are better attacking FBs but we have Ben Arfa to attack that side! He concentrates on cutting out crosses and pushing players onto their weak side! I for one think he has improved massively this year and want him to stay ..




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