Pardew’s Praise For This Player – His Presence Was Everything


Alan Pardew has revealed that both Fab Coloccini and Cheick Tiote were not really fit enough for a Premier League game yesterday, but he played them in any case, and we are just pleased they both seem to have come through the game uninjured.

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Fabricio Coloccini – made a big difference yesterday

Fab Coloccini in particular we thought had a strong game, given it was his first game back after his long lay-off with a knee injury since New years Day.

And Cheick will be a lot better after getting 90 minutes under his belt, in what turned out to be a fabulous win for the club.

This is what Alan Pardew has said in the Shields Gazette today:

“Both of them weren’t fit for a Premier League game.” “With Colo, you could notice it a little bit down the sides. He had a couple of chases which he’s usually first to.”

“But I knew his presence was going to be important and Cheick wasn’t at his full-flowing best, but it was such a big difference to have those two back.”

“We’ve worked really hard with him.” “I spoke to Colo all week, and his presence was everything.” “If he was going to be a little bit uncomfortable with some of their pace, we would have to accept that.”

“But the result justifies the means. Just his calmness – we were very erratic with the ball, very nervous, which I expected.” “But not him. He never gets himself into that mode.”

There’s no doubt that Colo is a huge player for Newcastle, and he keeps things calm at the back.  and leads by example both on and off the pitch.

He’s a player we need to keep at the club for the next two years of his contract, if Newcastle are to have any chance of mounting another attack on the top six in the Premier League.

We don’t know what the personal situation is currently with Coloccini, but we just hope he can see out the remainder of his contract on Tyneside – through the summer of 2016.

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175 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Sad to see so much negativity knocking about despite the win. An underwhelming performance, of that there is no doubt, but given the run we had been on, and the lacking of confidence evident when we didn’t turn up against Spurs this was a good way to bounce back.

    Nerves were evident from the pitch to the stands, but both a clean sheet and a win are very welcome.

    I get people are disappointed by the overall performance, but a win is a win, and on the back of the run we have been on I’d take a scrappy, late one nil win any day of the week.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Amen, lilongwe.

    I just hope it gives us a kick start.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    lil

    100% with you on that…cant go from getting a drubbing to outplaying opponents and hammering them in the space of a game, it’s very difficult to do when you have been on such a bad run…it stops the rot and gives us something to build on next week.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    laurent – from previous

    I don’t think there is any excuse for cisse missing his chance, he should have burried it, remy too.

    We still did ok, nothing special but a decent bit of play at the odd moment.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    i can accept a scrappy win every so often against a good side but
    every day of the week no
    they are paid handsomely to perform

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    to build on next week.
    you need a good architect, a good manager and a good foreman

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Hello all,

    Good 3 points yesterday. Only caught the highlights last night as I was working, but seemed to be a good enough performance considering the past few weeks. At least something to try and build on.

    I see Pardew has been doing the same transfer kitty maths as us. As always though, it will be interesting to see what the board does.

    If we want to try and attract some half decent players this summer, a strong push towards this seasons finishing line will be needed.

    How did De Jong play when he came on, looked pretty decent from the highlights, but they can often give an obscure view of a game?

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    3 points for what?

    Avoid relegation? – No
    Reaching Europe? No – That ship has sailed.
    Was the football breathtaking – No- Pardewed that has been

    3 points on paper to help Ashley collect his money graciously and with a smile.

    We may well have lost or drawn, what difference would that have made?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    HD

    got us a further place up the league…if we win all out remaining games i dare bet we will be 6/7th

    so we need to keep pushing

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    again people relying on internet to cast judgements.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    John,
    I get that, but can’t underestimate the impact of confidence and form. Just breaking that losing run should see confidence boosted. If we are still playing very poorly by the time the Palace game comes, regardless of results, then it would be more worrying. As it is, hopefully we can kick on from here and pick up our game. I think that playing Remy and Goofy off LDJ could well reap rewards, so I am hopeful that is what we do from now on.

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  • martoon

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Lilongwe Geordie @1 – I agree completely. You can’t expect to come off the back of 3 defeats and play magical football. It was always going to be a tense nervy affair and people who expected anything else are just unrealistic. When our tails are up then yes I expect some free flowing football such as away at West Ham.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    that’s the biggest IF i have ever seem

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    HD…I suppose it all comes down to your view point or what you want to achieve or what you hope the club to achieve.

    If we think about this summers window, pushing as hard as they can and finishing as high up as possible will perhaps give the impression that we’re a club worth joining. If we simply give in, it’s pretty much game over and next season will be one long old slug.

    Then again, that is assuming we’ll actually try and get any decent players in…that didn’t take long. I need a drink.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    TS

    I accept your premise but not the logic.

    Winning all games under “Pardon no clue” is a bad assumption to make.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    HD,
    What difference does the win make? Well as fans I’d imagine all (most, maybe one or two exceptions) would prefer to watch their side, whoever that may be and in whatever sport, win.

    Yeah, very little chance of relegation, very little chance of Europe, but I’d still rather watch NUFC win than lose. I find it odd that any fan wouldn’t prefer their team to win.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    HD & Tudor…Were those comments directed at me?

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #18

    Transfer Sage

    on chances , we should have won, no question, they where fantastic chances,

    but the fact that our MF runs around chasing shadows against a very poor villa team was embarrassing, tiote had to resort to kicking anything that moved again

    I have no problem with the guys at fullback offering support , but this seems to be our plan every game, which against any other team leaves us exposed at the back,,

    greatful for the 3 points, now we should be safe,

    the other thing from yesterday, dummet , are our senior players so poor he has to take the freekicks and corners , or is this a LB thing,

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Transfer, he should have buried it, yes.

    If a happy child is bullied and harrassed he may then be anti-social in groups in the time following. Should the child be ok because the group is a nice group, or is the child’s state affected by the way he was moulded in the harsh treatment before?

    Plus, he was hardly served up lots of chances was he? He’ll get rustier just from playing in many ways.

    Once the system favours attacking players. Attacking players will favour the system.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #20

    Mine was! as a reference to dennis wise scouting on you tube.

    It was a boring game. Highlights are always exciting

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #21

    of course, you said if we win out all our games there is not a hope in hell we can do that ergo the biggest IF
    i can forgive if it was a slip of the brain gears

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #22

    John,
    Yeah, it is a big if, but most things to do with Newcastle United have been that way for as long as I have been alive!! I’m not a fan of Pardew, and would happily see him replaced, but I’m realistic enough to realise any win yesterday was a good win, and desperately needed. Hopefully we will build on it, maybe, and some would say unlikely, we can go on a good run.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #23

    HD…Okay, thought I may point out I watched the highlights on Sky Sports so no internet involved, but the principle remains the same 🙂

    Anyway, that was the reason why I pointed that out and directed my comments more as a question, as I’m aware highlights are not a good way to gauge a game.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #24

    So we have to take on board poor performances now, simply because of the poor performances before?

    It’s getting ridiculous now. The expectations have been lowered so much it’s untrue

    This fabled 10th aim is already a dictator led lowered expectation so it is easier for the slimey one to achieve.

    We play poor football with good players. If that doesn’t tell a story then I don’t know what does.

    I really like the majority of our players. That is down to Carr, not Ashley. Ashley on tightens the grip on the finances to just above suffocation level.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #25

    yes i have said it was a valuable win if only to avoid relegation it would appear that is no longer a threat
    i think now we can play cambell etc with impunity

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #26

    John,
    Sorry, thought your ‘if’ comment was aimed at me – since realised it was at Sage…

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #27

    IbizaToon
    He did OK I’d give him 6.5 out of 10 His movement off the ball looks very good and spacial awareness also very good drops in spaces to pick the ball up. His running and closing down led to Rem’ys chance he hit the post. Drawback looks lightweight may need a few Mackytans/Guiness’s to build him up.
    Cisse also did OK yesterday should of scored but overall play OK
    Defence played well Williamson again the pick
    Midfield poor kept giving the ball away except Goufron who covered every blade of grass.
    Krul one decent save but oh/dear his distribution is poor and selection of picking player out to slow bak to hoofing it upfield.
    But all in all a win hopefully got confidence back and can build on it
    BUT Hull not going to be easy and have not beat them for over 20 years.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #28

    we could use remy to our advantage as he has used us
    when we are totally safe use him as an impact player he doesnt want to sign so let his form drift its not rocket science

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  • martoon

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #29

    I understand all the doom and gloom around at the moment but if you can’t be cheerful after a win, at least for a couple of days then what is the point of supporting NUFC?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #30

    Charlie…Thanks for that. It was always going to take De Jong a while to settle. Shame about the offside yesterday, a goal could so the kid the world of good.

    Have we really not beat Hull in over 20 years? Shocking. Oh well, no time like the present.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #31

    no it was at ibiza i thought it was a funny comment coming from him win all the remaining games

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #32

    John,
    I agree, as with Dummett yesterday, the remainder of the season is a good opportunity to allow the kids to have a run out (not all at once) so we can see who is realistically up to the level required of first team/squad members next season.

    Laurent,
    No, we don’t have to accept poor performances, but when you are on the back of a bad run like that, it is unlikely you will put on a sparkling display. As I have said, now we have that monkey off our back we should expect to start at least trying to play better football. I’m not saying I think Pardew can give us that, but bashing him for yesterdays performance is a tad unfair.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #33

    Tudor…Actually, that was Sage who said that. I’m daft, but not that daft 🙂

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #34

    i was ecstatic when it went in
    but then i thought shit he is off to ……… wherever hes not ours

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #35

    ok its the my brain and the cloudy eyesight

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #36

    @24 laurent

    what lil was saying is that when your stuck in a rut it takes hard work to get out of it but when confidence returns players start performing better (like cisse when on form and playing 2 seasons ago with confidence or remy is this season)

    i cant agree on the lowered expectations either as i think most on this blog at the begining of the season said top10 aim when we did not sign anyone “again” but we highered them as fans when we started to do so well ! now we weaker again maybe we have lowered them again but not to lower than where we first was.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #37

    Well, it’s been short but sweet.

    Catch you lot later no doubt.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #38

    cataracts my bad apology ibiza, toon toon barmy army hahahahhh

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #39

    martoon, support doesn’t just come in the form of blindly happy clapping the poor performances. Support comes in all forms. Should I reward players with seal-like clapping when there is no movement when a player has the ball, or should I highlight that there is no movement?

    The full-backs have the best movement on the pitch, followed by Cisse trying to make runs in behind (but there’s no Cabaye/Marveaux to make the pass).

    The full-backs generally follow a straight line of attack, so for them it’s a lot easier as they’ve been doing the same thing for years. A relatively manager-less task.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #40

    John,
    On Remy, I think that is fair. If we can give a youngster a chance, Asthma, Campbell (obviously need to bring him back from loan), if Gillihead has toughened up a bit, maybe even him (recently made his England U18 debut I think). Alternatively, as we apparently have a buying option on LDJ say to him, this is your chance as main striker. Take it and you could be a hero here.

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