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.
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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