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.
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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