Coloccini Was Phenomenal At Sunderland – Pardew

This was Fabricio Coloccini first game for Newcastle in several weeks, but his performance at Sunderland yesterday, when Newcastle were reduced to 10 men, was simply phenomenal, to use Alan Pardew’s words after the game, and but the fact he had to go off after 79 minutes, we could have held on for a famous 1-0 win.

Coloccini tackles Steven Fletcher during yesterday’s game

But it was not to be, but Colo was easily the best player on the field, and had one of his best ever games for Newcastle, and he’s like fine wine and getting better as he matures.

This is what his manager said after the game yesterday:

” Maybe if Coloccini had stayed on, he would have seen that out. He was absolutely phenomenal today. If you want an example of a centre-half playing where you have got to head it, kick it, cover people, get in the right position and then have the calmness to play, that was your example.”

“I come from a famous football club, West Ham, and that was like watching Bobby Moore today. He was terrific. You have also got to understand – and it sometimes goes a little bit under the radar – at the Premier League level, what is asked of you physically.”

“If we had had 11, I think he could have made the game, but because we went down to 10, there was just too much work for him and both calves tightened up. But what a performance, seriously, one of the best he has given for me, for sure.”

Newcastle looked a very good side in that first 25 minutes and were much better than a Sunderland side, who find it very hard to score goals, but when Cheick Tiote was sent off after just 25 minutes, the game turned and Sunderland obviously had a big advantage.

But the Newcastle players showed a spirit they displayed throughout last season, and our lads were unlucky not to get a famous victory.

We’ll now have to clobber Club Brugge on Thursday night in the Europa League and then West Brom next Sunday – with both games being at St. James’ Park.

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13 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Good morning,

    Colo was an absolute inspiration yesterday, as to be honest were the majority of our team. A fair few had us down to draw or struggle…and that was while we assumed we’d have 11 men (I know some called a Tiote red before the game).

    Yes we sat behind the wall, but with 10 men in a derby, we showed great spirit and determination.

    I honestly can’t believe they didn’t manage to get more shots at Tim….if anything they are the ones who should feel they’ve let down their fans – great fighting spirit from our boys.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Colo was absolutly immense yesterday best player on the pitch by a mile and the scum had no ideas left on how to het past him, with him in the team we look so much more confident and, like cabaye, when he’s on his A game the whole team is difference bieng colo’s nearly always on his A game!

    It also makes whoever else is playing alongside him a complete non issue doesn’t matter if its willo or tayls he seems to have a fantadtic partnership with both
    World class defender is wor colo

  • WesJameson

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Colo was fantastic, to say the least…..BUT…..

    There is no chance on God’s green earth that was a red card, watch the replay, he was watching the ball all the way

    We played 65 minutes 12 vs 10, i have never been so close to throwing my remote through the tv, still seething this morning…Shearer says it perfectly here…

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #4

    It doesnt matter if he’s looking at the player the ball a mirror or online thats now they judge a red
    It was high it was late and if the lad had his foot on the deck he would of snapped his leg in half

  • Dannyo

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Collo = Amazment
    Look up in the dictonary, u’ll see his picture next to extraordinary.

  • seancavaz

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6


    Shearer is right about Johnson, but i seem to have been the only one that picked up on Santons performance! Colo was the pick, but Santon is having a cracking season. The reason Johnson was so ineffective was Santon had him in his pocket! The lads should be proud! Warriors the lot of them!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Dont worry alot of ppl noticed how good santon was yesterday had johnson in his pocket all day

  • GeordieDan

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    I was at the match yesterday singing my head off and jumping around like a loony! haha

    Have to say Colo was ridiculously good throughout the full game. It’s like he’s playing in the Matrix sometimes he’s phenomenal. 😀

    I’ve never enjoyed being at an away match more right up until that 86th minute piece of luck from the Mackems.

    Even that though turned out to be a something to taunt them about though as they were so happy to have achieved an amazing 1 point against the 10 men of their biggest rivals-silly little people.

    The saddest (because it was pathetic) thing that I saw though was one portly Mackem fan who had waited for at least 45 minutes after the game in the wastleland/field outside the stadium of Shite with his 2 kids (who must have been 3 or 4 years old at the most) just to really angrily start swearing and gesticulating at all the NUFC on heading home on our coaches.

    Even the toddlers looked embarrassed with him.

    That aside that was a immense day out and our fans are just the best in the World. We never stopped singing the whole game and the Mackem fans couldn’t even hope to match us. hehe

    3 points in the bag at St James!

  • Santon03

    Oct 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9


    Yes, Santon is way much better, one of the best fb this year.
    But the reason Johnson was ineffective wasn’t Santon alone, it was Jonas. Jonas is every fb dream.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #10

    I dont agree with it being a straight red for Tiote.

    1. Altho the tackle looks dangerous, especially for the ref coming from behind, Tiotes foot is hit by (was it fletcher?) leg. Tiote doesn’t even hit him full on, it hits the side of his foot.
    2. A ref should judge an incident on the current severity of it, not how dangerous it could potentially be.
    U don’t hang a man for murder if all he did was shoplift, just cause he had the potential to kill someone.
    3. The whistle went a millisecond before Tiote stuck his leg out, so it’s kinda hard to stop then, so saying it is daft to do what he did when the whistle had already gone is, imo, a non issue.
    4. Tiote was going for the ball, and was close to get it, there was never any malicious intent.

    So for me, he should’ve had a yellow and a severe warning.

  • tonesy25

    Oct 22, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Colo played very well i thought as did the rest of the team considering we were down to 10 men. Cabaye was all over the pitch and i could tell he was up for this derby game!

  • GeordieDan

    Oct 22, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #12

    I must add as well that I’ve now seen the Tiote challenge more than 10 times and it wasn’t a red card-it just wasn’t.

    Atkinson had a shocker throughout tbh.

  • WesJameson

    Oct 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    @ toonarmydownsouth // Oct 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I’ve seen worse and more vicious tackles in a U13 match, they said Tiote was late, maybe he never heard the whistle, and that seems plausible, considering Fletcher and Colback also continued to play on

    @ Dannyo // Oct 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    100% agree

    @ GeordieDan // Oct 22, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Again 100% agree


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