Top Star Was Doubtful For Vital Game

Last Saturday there was a late scare about both Fabricio Coloccini  and Loic Remy being doubtful  to face Cardiff City, with Fab having picked up a knock near the end of the previous game at Everton, and Loic Remy having turned his ankle in training and less likely to start of the two.

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Loic Remy scoring his first goal at Cardiff – a great effort

And Alan Pardew has verified today that Loic Remy was indeed suffering from  an ankle injury, so thank goodness both players were fit enough, especially Loic, who is in fine goal scoring form at the moment.

And of course he scored two excellent first half goals in that game, and that’s the best 45 minutes Newcastle have ever played under Alan Pardew, according to the manager,  and we could (should) have been more than 2-0 up at the break.

It turns out the French International passed a late fitness test on Saturday, and the rest is history, with Newcastle getting an excellent win and Loic being the goal hero.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:

“Loic nearly didn’t play,” “He had a sore ankle. It’s lucky he did, as they were two great goals.”  “So we didn’t want to risk him in the last 20 minutes. He’s OK.”

Loic should start the friendly game tonight against Australia in Paris, and then next Tuesday night is another home game against Finland in their final qualifying game.

While France currently have the same number of points as Spain in  Group I,  Spain have a better goal difference and have two games remaining – one tonight at home to Belarus and then another at home to Georgia next Tuesday night.

So 4 points from those game will definitely have the current European and World Champions win the group and qualify for Brazil next summer.

And that would mean France will be in a two game playoff to reach the finals, and for the sake of our French players, we hope they can make it to the finals.

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4 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Glad he and Colo made it, although when we won at Cardiff, there was a small part of me that was almost dissapointed, as I kept thinking, well that’s AP deffo in the job for at least another 3 games! What is wrong with me thinking like that?

  • Blofal

    Oct 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    I never thought I would say this but im softening on Pardew. I can see he has improved as a manager and is making far less mistakes thsn before. He still has a long way to go before I’m happy but given his willingness to actually attack this season I’m witholding my judgment. IMO our poor performances this season have been our players lacking heart muscle more than anything else.

  • Jamiemac

    Oct 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Wow G that’s awful.

  • G

    Oct 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    @3, I know, I need to have serious words with myself about it. A sure sign of an optimist becoming a pesimist?


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