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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