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The Captain Is Back – He Makes Such A Difference

12:15 am, Sunday, May 5th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

It was the first game back for Fabricio Coloccini, after missing the 12 previous games for the Magpies with a back injury, but the professional that he is – Colo came back into the side and gave a very solid performance at the back for Newcastle today in the 0-0 draw at West Ham.

fabricio coloccini training

Fab Coloccini – slotted straight back into the side

And just as manager Alan Pardew had hoped, his experience and class calmed everybody down at the back, so the defense could hold on in the second half to what could be a very important point for Newcastle.

It was Colo’s quiet leadership skills on the field that we’ve been missing for 12 games, and Cheick Tiote seemed delighted to have the captain back, and he had this to say on the Newcastle site immediately after the game:

“I think it helped us because we know Coloccini’s a good player with a lot of experience,” “He played well today and I’m happy to see him back because we’re going to need him for the next two games.”

“I think we deserved more than the one point because when you see the game, I felt we wanted it more than West Ham.” “I think we deserved more than the one point because when you see the game, I felt we wanted it more than West Ham.”

“We missed some chances and we didn’t score the goal we needed, but we need to take the positives and think about the next game on Sunday.”

“We need to win at QPR.” “Before the game today, we knew we had to win or take one point, but we could not lose. We have one point and that’s important.”

“Today everyone was together and we played as a team. We were more compact and that’s important.” “On Sunday we’ve got to do the same and hopefully we can take the three points.”

Newcastle have found it hard to score goals since January when Demba Ba left, and that has cost us a lot of points, but that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now, and everything depends on our last two games, so we hope that the Newcastle goals will come from somebody at QPR and at home to Arsenal.

And the games take place on Sundays, so these are two massive games for Newcastle coming up, in our bid to stay in the Premier League.

It looks touch and go at the moment, but if we can get say 4 points from our last two games – that should be enough.

What do you think?

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Fabricio Coloccini · Premier League


21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zero // May 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    re post for Manxpie
    Manxpie i see your back after a week off, the rest done you good?

    how did you feel about pards tactics for the Liverpool game, the team selection was bizzarre wasnt it?

    How about all this talk of war, we’ll prove it to the fans blah blah blah…. then the team coming out with lack luster performances, its not all his fault but he shares a large portion of the blame.

    Sure the French lads are new to the league, but christ its not like we are playing world beating teams its west brom, west ham and sunderland ffs.

    In stead of just slagging the team members like Anita, or blaming injuries, form and the dust in the players eyes…. please you call everyone else out so im calling you out, answer this.

    What are Pardews good managerial points that you believe lead him to be worthy or continuing in his post beyond this season? please back these up with examples.

  • 2 Zero // May 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    And another…. just incase he missed them

    manxpie, heres another for you.

    If we are relegated, do you still think pardew is the man for the job? he seems ineffective with the team we have against physical teams…this is no doubt what he will face week in week out if relegated. Do you really expect the team to gel more over the close season? really…. i believe we will have alot of goings and not so many comings if relegated. that surely will disrupt the team more than quality additions to heal weak spots.

    Are you not concerned about the teams lack of drive…this is kinda the managers job to put the fire in their bellies.

  • 3 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 5, 2013 at 12:18 AM


    It’s not a personal attack. I think you’ve gone too far in defending Pardew, but I’ve nothing against you as a person. Also can you put the exclamation marks away, makes me feel like you’re shouting and there’s no need.

    You’re defending him and using a lot of thin justification to support him, refusing to acknowledge his own failings in your blind faith in him.

    I acknowledge he’s done well for the club in the past, he got us 5th, but he has been found wanting this season, been shown as tactically naive.

    I don’t see how, when all is said and done and all factors are considered, how you can still support him.

    If you’re going to shout, slate me, or be unpleasant in any other way shape or form please don’t respond as I am in no mood for it.

  • 4 stevie101182 // May 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    I really do think Wigan or norwich will go down.

    We will win next week and I think comfortably QPR are shocking defensively even worse than us. I really do think 3 more points and we are safe even if wigan win against swansea (Which I dont think they will)

    Lets just wait and see what happens if anything the last day of season is going to be exciting especially if Wigan do win

  • 5 KevinHann // May 5, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    To be honest Coloccini’s return was vital. I could see us conceding one or two if he wasn’t there, his experience changed the way our defense looks. Really hope he doesn’t leave in the summer.

    Up for some twitter talk? Join me @ColdInTheNight

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    excuse the not being first,
    jail is far too good for Ashley .

  • 7 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    You’ll be waiting a while mate best have another bottle or two

  • 8 Newcastle Brown Alien // May 5, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    I must say, Please keep colocini, today he showed us what a good defender we take for granted, he’s had time in argentina, now keep him.

  • 9 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    the truth is pardew has been here nearly 3 years , last saturday and the week before that , and today was the best team he could put out ? this would not have happened with CH in charge ! , the man who was sacked for a better manager to take us to the next level ! , well he has taken us to the next level , just the wrong way thats all !

  • 10 Zero // May 5, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    daztoon i drank best part of a bottle of Jager last night no more alcohol for me for a while lol Lessons to be learnt on a night out… never let a German order the shots, and never play darts after drinking four triple jagers

  • 11 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    A plus for the boys today is a clean sheet so does debuchy get straight back in as Simmo has the prem experience Pardew wants

  • 12 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Good while yer drinking it though

  • 13 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 5, 2013 at 12:29 AM


    You know what forget the thing I said about personal attacks, you’re one pig headed moron, and perhaps the reason you joke about me being “superior” is because I possess an intelligence that your bloody peanut shaped excuse for grey matter can barely comprehend.

    Football 101 would indicate that losing games is not a good thing, winning games is not a good thing.

    Understand? No, didn’t think so. Prat.

  • 14 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 5, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    *Is a good thing, your idiocy is contagious!

  • 15 Zero // May 5, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    daztoon i was impressed at Elliott, i really was doubting his quality but gotta give it to the lad he pulled off some Krul-esc saves today, its a shame he shouldnt be put under soo much pressure. But hes taken to the EPL like a duck to water so much credit to him, it kinda flys crap in peoples faces who say not to give campbell a chance because hes too young and unexperienced

  • 16 KevinHann // May 5, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    stuart, what we can hope for is if Hughton can be sacked for another manager to take us forward, the same could easily apply for Pardew.

    I think he had his vote of confidence in January. His failure to get us to at least midtable safety combined with going out of Europe before the 1/2′s could hardly go unnoticed.

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  • 17 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Seems about right we upgraded to Pardew yet both managers are in the same position maybe we should get Lambert next lol

  • 18 manxpie // May 5, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    ruddy well thanks for that you’ve just totally contradicted your 1st post so well done oh and your 1 about me not replying with insults haha!!
    i find it really funny how only the other day you were telling me not to push my point forcebly but you look a twat now don’t ya!!

  • 19 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    kevinhann @ 16 yep pardew was giving a vote of confidence in jan.
    Ashley had a decision to make – does he sack pardew and get a new face in to secure our prem status , or does he keep him and get him the players he wants , ? he picked wrong, and now not only do the fans have to suffer ( again) but that poor decision by ash could cost him about 70M.
    Yeah they are mates , but if my mate just cost me 70M i would want to chin him , never mind sack him.

  • 20 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    daz – at least lamberts team is playing exciting attacking football now, ok they were p,ss poor all season , but coming good now – when they need to , just like wigan ,

  • 21 toonluvva // May 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Really pleased to see Colo back as he seems to have brought a calming effect to the back 4.

    Worryingly he will be away next season so what shape will we be in then.

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