Newcastle have won five of their last six games in the league, and during that time we have beaten Chelsea at home, and Tottenham and Manchester United on the road, and in those three great wins, we had three clean sheets, including the magnificent 1-0 win today at Old Trafford, our first win there since February of 1972.
Fab Coloccini – does this man look committed?
Newcastle had only two wins on the road in the league all of last season, but now we already have four, and the 26 points from 15 games is exactly what we had two years ago after 15 games, when we finally finished 5th top of the league.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini has talked on the Newcastle web-site about the game today:
“Another clean sheet was very important – massive,” “We were playing against a big team and so to keep a clean sheet against a team like Manchester United means we are working hard for each other.”
“After the mistakes of last year I think we have learned a lot away from home. We now know when we can play and when we have to be a bit more direct.”
“If you stop to think, the goal came from a long ball from Tim to Moussa, and sometimes you need to play like that.” “We want to keep the ball all the time but sometimes you have to change it and you also have to fight.”
“It is a special day because after 41 years we finally won here.” “The fans have to be proud of the team because on top of the result we played well. We beat Manchester United and it wasn’t lucky; we deserved it.”
“The last time we played here we played really well but we didn’t get the result we wanted. But this year we played well and got the three points and our confidence is really high.
“We were more determined to win.” “Today we worked hard together and that is why the team won.”
Newcastle played near their top form today and got off to a fast start in the first half, which didn’t happen at Swansea, when we lost 3-0 on Wednesday night.
But Newcastle showed their character by storming back today, and we have players who are mentally strong, and not afraid to win against any team, either at home or on the road.
We just have to hope we can keep it up during the heavy December schedule – and then who knows where we may be in the league table come the new year.
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