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.
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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