We thought most players on Wednesday night had very good games with Coloccini playing very solidly at the back and pushing forward whenever he could, and when the team came under pressure in extra time Colo seemed to help calm things down.
Fabricio Coloccini warming up on Wednesday night
It was a lot different to his poor performance at Southampton in that 4-0 defeat which started the mounting cries to have Alan Pardew fired as the Newcastle manager.
The defense has been a Newcastle weakness for the last couple of seasons, and it has not been straightened, and in fact by sending Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma on loan for the season, you could even say it’s been weakened from last season.
Alan Pardew however was pleased with the performance of captain Colo on Wednesday night:
“I thought the character was emphasized by the captain, who was in a different league to every other player on the pitch in his position. That was the example we needed.”
“Stoke is a tough game but I hope the win can lift some of the pressure.” “But it’s a competition we want to do well in for our fans.”
“We want to win every game whatever the team we put out. We made six changes but I don’t think it took our level down. I think our level stayed the same and that’s a compliment to those six players.”
“What we say is the Premier League is more important and I don’t think any Premier League manager would disagree with that.”
That last sentence by Alan is precisely why his job could be in danger if we lose the game on Monday night at Stoke, because 3 points from the first six games would leave us still rock bottom of the league.
And owner Mike Ashley will be very nervous in case this could turn out to be another season we are fighting against relegation. 🙁
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