When Fabricio Coloccini injured his back in the home game against Southampton on 24th February, after trying an over his head clearance, he was out of the side for over two months with that back injury, until he returned at West Ham on 4th May, and we managed to get four points out of the final three games of the season.
Alan Pardew - coping without Colo is a big boost
And while Colo was out we played eight Premier League games, won two of them lost five and drew one, and we conceded eighteen goals, so we didn’t cope very well when Colo was out of the side.
But things have been much better over the last three games the captain has missed with his groin injury, and we have four points and conceded four goals.
That has not gone unnoticed by manager Alan Pardew, who had this to say today about Colo’s absence:
“It is the first time we have lost Colo and looked more comfortable than when he’s been out in the past.” “That is a big boost for us as a group.”
“When you lose a player and you can’t cope it affects everybody else.” “We have proved we can cope without him and Cabaye and anybody because it is about the team.”
“It shows we are stronger in depth and that’s good.” “I think we’ve been in good form.” “I said that before the Chelsea game.”
“It is very difficult to beat a team in top form like Chelsea were.” “So all credit to the players, they’ve been fantastic.”
Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have played in central defense since Colo has been out and both have been in good form.
But Alan Pardew could still bring Coloccini back into the starting lineup at Tottenham on Sunday, and that seems to be the big unknown at the moment.
What do you think?