This Player Was Controlled – He Gives Us Some Class

Fab Coloccini came back into the side on Saturday and had a decent enough game, but his performance was marred by allowing Leroy Fer to out-jump him from a corner, and score the Norwich City goal after 80 minutes.

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Fabricio Coloccini – had a decent game on Saturday

Colo picked up a groin injury when he was with the Argentine squad in South America last month, and has only just come back into the side.

And the manager decided to bring Colo back in central defense and move Yanga-Mbiwa to right back, and the Frenchman had another solid game in yet another  back four position for the Magpies – he’s certainly a very good versatile player is Mapou.

Another option for the manager would have been to leave Williamson and Yanga-Mbiwa in central defense, move Santon to right back and bring in local lad Paul Dummett at left back.

Pardew talked about Colo’s performance on Saturday:

“I thought he gave a controlled performance,” “It’s very difficult to come into a Premier League game when you’ve been out for four league games.”

“I thought he came in and looked comfortable. He’s an experienced player. He gives us that little bit of class. He almost got a clean sheet, but we switched off at a set play, which was disappointing.”

“If we’d got three clean sheets, Id have been really, really pleased. But as it is, I’m delighted.”

Any win against any side in the Premier League is a good win, and they are so difficult to get, as many of the top clubs are finding out.

And for at least the third time this season, Manchester United gave away a winning position in added time – this time at Cardiff City – where their great fans urged them on to a very good result – and it’s great to have the two top Welsh sides – Swansea and Cardiff – in the Premier League for the first time.

And would you believe it, but Newcastle are now only one point behind Manchester United after 12 games played – and it was a good result for the lads on Saturday.

Now we’ll see if Newcastle can keep this up – because if we can – we could be in a very good position come the end of this year.

And that would be just great!!

Howay The Lads!!

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6 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Sorry pards but you must of watched a different game, he was constantly taken out if the game by the simplest of moves, he was panicky in his clearances, and he switched off completely to allow fer to get such a run on him
    Don’t undo your good work by allowing a reputation to stroll back into the squad when the others have damn well earned there right to play

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    I just don’t get the Colo love-in. Mentally he obviously just doesn’t want to be here. Have we really missed him or Jonas for that matter. Goofy and M’Biwa have been immense.

    Think we should just bite the bullet now. Colo’s nearly 32, cost 10M over 5 years ago now and is on huge wages. Even if we don’t get a fee it’s freeing up 4M in wages every year.

  • bishopblaize

    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Personally we shouldn’t have let Colo back in since his cover has worked us up the table.

    He has had his legendary status for the club and its good to see Willo and Muwimbuwa (tight fit parternership) play at Prem level.

    Just need to sort the flanks out and I really believe Santon should come down on the wing as a feeder from (and to) Dummet .. Same on otherside with Debuchy.

    At least these guys can keep ball on floor and run mayhem .. Feeding our foward lines and keeping a defensive line.

    Proper Army (Toon Army)

  • yo-yo

    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Pardew recognises the shakiness in Colo’s game and is trying to big him up and hope his form improves. He was slow. He didn’t anticipate. He was not at his best. Who would ever have thought Mbiwa and Willo could gel as a decent solid CB pairing ?

  • ballerfan2

    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Collo is out of form nothing more. This is just rubbish, talk of his head being away. He is a total professional and when he plays he gives his all. Any suggestion of him playing for a move is frankly ridiculous. Short memories and fickleness abound from many of our fans. He has for years been, if not our best player, one of our best – consistent and rarely injured. Give him some slack to recover some form and he will prove once again that can be a mainstay of the club, at least while he is here. He is a better footballer than the Willo but Williamson’s recent form is better so he should keep his place with M’biwa’s quality and importantly his pace complementing the steady big guy.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Bit harsh, I think, to blame Colo too much for the goal.

    When a player of Fers quality makes a run from the edge of the box, gets in exactly the right place for the flight of the ball, takes a running jump and hits the inside of the post with his header, it’s hard to blame anyone.

    It was a quality header – virtually undefendable.


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