Losing Fabricio Coloccini yesterday for the game this afternoon at Hull City could be a massive blow to Newcastle, with Colo now back in Argentina having been given compassionate leave by the club, because of a family bereavement.
Fab Coloccini – misses the game today
Coloccini and Tiote both played last week when they were not fully fit, but have now had a full week’s training and Alan Pardew could again have fielded his best side, but now we expect Steven Taylor to come into the defense, and hope he can have a good game today.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the Chronicle today:
“This is a key game.” “We have beaten Villa and it has been a nice week.” “It would be easy to just turn up there and think ‘oh our super confidence is back’.”
“But you’ve got to put in that same effort and fight.” ““Hull still have to secure their safety.” “And that’s what they will be trying to get.”
“With my League Managers’ Association hat on, I have to say that Steve Bruce, up until this point, is probably manager of the year, although he’s got another 11 games to see that over the line.”
“But what he did last year with 10 games to go to get them promoted, and to get them into the position they have been in is a fantastic achievement, and he and his staff can be very proud of what they have done.”
Hull beat Brighton 2-1 at home last Monday night, and are now in the quarter finals of the FA Cup an play Sunderland, Steve Bruce’s former club.
And Steve Bruce has done very well since taking over at Hull City in June of 2012, but we hope our lads can show some fight, spirit and skill today, but it may be hard without Coloccini shoring up the back line.
Although we should have both Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong up front this afternoon, and 44% think we can win this game.
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