It seems that reporters in Wellington haven’t seen any football of the quality that Newcastle United players showed in training today – for the game on Saturday night against Wellington Phoenix.
Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini in action against Sydney FC
In an article in the Dominion Post by Hamish Bidwell, he seemed to be in awe of the skill showed by the Newcastle players – and said they haven’t seen that class of football in New Zealand for a long time.
Here are some excerpts from his article, which are very complimentary to our Newcastle players.
It was a privilege to watch Newcastle United knock it about at Newtown Park yesterday.
The sheer pace and quality of proceedings would have been the main things the appreciative crowd of about 200 took away. As one journalist remarked, following the first of many cracking goals, he’d seen more skill in that display of one-touch passing and finishing than in three years watching the Wellington Phoenix train.
The Newcastle captain Coloccini, capped 34 times by Argentina and an old boy of such clubs as AC Milan and Atletico Madrid, did genuinely dazzling things at times. It’s the attacking players that are meant to be good on, and with, the ball, but the ringlet-haired defender had it on a string.
You could’ve happily watched the Magpies train for hours. Sadly 90 minutes was all you got, which meant one last thing.
Let’s hope it’s not another 19 years till Newcastle are back in Wellington.
You can read the full article here.
Note to Newcastle players – we still need to get another win on Saturday night – this could be a conspiracy to catch us off guard. 😀
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