Fabricio Coloccini was at the game last night at Burnley in the stands, as Newcastle put in a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde performance – we made a poor start to the game and looked very poor in the first half when we went in at the break 1-0 down.
Jack Colback – back on Saturday
But then manager Pardew made two crucial changes at half time, and brought on Steven Taylor for Mike Williamson and Remy Cabella for Ayoze Perez, and Newcastle looked a different and a very good side in that second half.
We were unlucky not to take all 3 points.
The thing that raised the hopes of Newcastle fans was that terrific second half performance, and we had some excellent performances from some of our players in that second half.
Alan Pardew was delighted with Newcastle’s second half all-out performance and he said this after the game:
“Hopefully, we’ll have one or two back.” “Jack and Moussa will be back, nice and fresh, and maybe the captain too.”
“This was the ideal situation for Coloccini – he has that air of authority.” “We lacked that a little bit. It’ll be nice to see him.”
“We’re in great form. We’re looking forward to Chelsea. I think it’ll be a great day.” “We were sweating in the warm-up that we’d get news that one of them wasn’t going to make it,”
“Willo wasn’t quite right in his focus.” “He had a court appearance he had to do. He wasn’t really as good as he has been.”
“That’s when you need your experienced players, and Cheick Tiote and (Steven) Taylor made a difference second half.”
It looks like Willo shouldn’t have started the game.
With Coloccini and also Rolando Aarons likely to be back in the squad against Chelsea on Saturday, and since we also have Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback back from suspension – the stage is set for a very good game against an unbeaten Chelsea side on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
Alan Pardew will have some selection problems too, given the excellent performances put in last night by the likes of Remy Cabella, Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi, who were all in top form in that second half.
On thing is certain – it should be a strong starting eleven and a strong bench for Newcastle on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!
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