After about 30 minutes of last night;s game against Pacos de Ferreira, things got a bit nasty after 30 minutes when there were a few reckless flying tackles made by both sides, and it all ended up with captain Coloccini receiving a red card, as well as A Pacos player, and it spoiled the game.
Fabricio Coloccini – sent off last night in first half
The purpose of the games in pre-season is for players to get some match practice, and since they are getting up to speed after a lay-off, the players would not be at their best and would put in some mis-timed tackles.
But the referee hardly helped things, and at the time we though he made things even worse the way he handled the situation, even though the players should have controlled themselves a lot better – after all it was only a friendly.
Alan Pardew was not happy at the referee last night:
“We are disappointed with the referee – he lost control of the game.” “When you let tackles go, you’re asking for trouble. It frustrates the players.”
“In the end we had a scene which has cost us our captain.” “That was the big disappointment of the night because the performance was different class. We deserved to win that game.”
“I thought we looked stronger than them. In terms of our top players, they put on a good performance. We were on our game.” “It got tasty, and the referee’s played a big part in it.”
“There’s nothing we can do about it. We just have to deal with what’s in front of us. We weren’t going to lie down.” “We wanted to show our resilience.” “Gouff got a nasty one at the end.”
The reference to Gouffran was because he was seen walking off the pitch late in the game carrying his right boot, but ti looks like he is not injured – and that’s good news.
Newcastle were not good in the first half and couldn’t seem to get going, and looked disjointed, but the lads were so much better in the second half, and both teams calmed down and it was a decent game to watch in the second half.
Shola Ameobi showed again that when he’s fit and willing, he can be a good player, and he scored a very good goal on 60 minutes with left foot to level the scores, and the Nigerian coach will be happy when he sees that goal scored by the big man.
So the first half was poor and the second half was much better, with the lads passing the ball around nicely in the final 45 minutes, and they showed some signs of looking like a good side.
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