The return of Fabricio Coloccini to the back four of Newcastle last week at West Ham, has probably saved Newcastle a relegation this season, and he has been absolutely massive for Newcastle in these last two games in which we have conceded just one goal – and that was from a penalty.
Ben Arfa smashes home his penalty in great style
It almost broke the net
And we’ve got 4 points in those last two games, after the disaster that was the 6-0 mauling by Liverpool, but captain Colo has obviously been a much greater impact at Newcastle, both on and off the field, than we had thought.
But the first thing Newcastle must do now is to try to persuade the mercurial Argentine international to stay for the final three years of his contract – we need him – and we need him badly.
And that has to be job one for Newcastle.
Fab Coloccini – Newcastle must keep him
But Newcastle are now safe in the Premier League, and we can even finish in a respectable position, if we can take something out of the game against Arsenal next Sunday afternoon.
And there are reports that Newcastle are in for Loic Remy – even though he turned us down in January – and it was noticeable today that after he scored the penalty on 11 minutes, he didn’t particularly celebrate too much.
Maybe he’s on his way to Tyneside?
Today’s game saw Newcastle play well in the first half and we came back well from being 1-0 down after 11 minutes, with goals from Ben Arfa – a terrific penalty – and a good opportunist goal from Yoan Gouffran right out of the blue.
It was some excellent skill from Gouffran and in the first half Ben Arfa also caused QPR all kinds of problems.
But there will be complaints about the second half today – when QPR dominated, but thankfully didn’t carve out many clear-cut chances, and we were able to hang on even when Rob Elliot was sent off after 81 minutes for handling outside the box.
But hey – this has been a disastrous Premier league season and what we needed was the win – and the ads did it.
That’s all that matter – we’re safe.
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