I’m Happy For The Fans – We Played Like A Team

Fabricio Coloccini is a doubt for the game at Arsenal on Saturday, with some kind of muscle injury, so we are hoping the captain will be fit for the game, after playing near his top form for us against Chelsea on Saturday.

Fabricio Coloccini final whislte Chelsea 2-1

Great shot of Fab Coloccini at final whistle on Saturday

Like a lot of our players, Fabricio had a poor start to the season for Newcastle, but he has recently been in top form, and there’s no doubt that the Argentine is the leader of Newcastle, and his presence at the back is massive for the team.

Two more opportunist goals from Papiss Cisse gave Newcastle a memorable 2-1 win at St James’s Park on Saturday, and while the team were not at their best, the determination and passion from our players to get a result was there for all to see.

This is what Colo told the Shields Gazette today:

“I’m very happy for the fans,” “We got a really nice result.” “We defended well, and we played like a team.”

“In the first 20 minutes, they tried to score. We could stop them. That was very important for us. We had to finish the first half with a clean sheet.”

“In the second half we tried to go forward and create chances. We scored, which was very good for us.”

Newcastle are still top of the Physioroom.com Premier League table for injuries with a total of 10 – followed by Arsenal with 8 – so both teams have been hit by injuries.

We should hear from Alan Pardew today – or tomorrow at his press conference – on the fitness of Coloccini and some of our other players like Rolando Aarons, and we hope we don’t pick up any injuries in training this week.

But it looks certain that Jak Alnwick will be in goal, after the Premier League yesterday informed Newcastle that we do not qualify for an emergency loan for a goalkeeper – after both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are out injured until January.

We hope to hear something from Alan Pardew – maybe today.

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53 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    If it was a choice between the Arsenal match and the League Cup game I would vote for the latter. However if there was a chance he could play against Arsenal and in the derby, then that is another matter. It is really very dependent on the injury, how much aggravation it can take and the availability of replacements. Or rather which matches Willo will be least at risk in.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2


    Pochettino is having a selection dilemma with three matches in less than a week. The Argentinian says“We need to manage the players and we have many injury problems because it’s tough for our players.”

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3


    Arsene was forced to make two substitutions in the CL last night, because of concerns with injuries to key players. With the added pressure of the weekends match being likened to a ‘six pointer’ on top of supporters unrest.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4


    Keen commentators on this blog are often far ahead of the game when it comes to future articles. But still none the wiser.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5


    As the old sayings go “don’t count your chickens” and “you have to crack an egg to make an omelette”. But IF and that is a big IF, Newcastle were to win all their up coming matches in December, they could break the record for the number of continuous wins against Burnley at home, in the first match of 2015.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    @ 4 – or even ‘write’. Getting carried away and running out of material.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    jump up and down
    to my knees

    As I have the floor to myself, I am practicing a few dance moves.


    Dec 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    lol its all u 😛

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    One for sorrow,
    Two for hope,
    Three for a win,
    Four for Eur-ope.
    Five for silver,
    Six for a Cup;
    Seven for a player,
    Not to be sold;
    Eight for Heaven,
    Nine for Hell
    And ten for the Devil’s own sell!

  • martoon

    Dec 10, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s the 70TWO show 🙂
    I can’t help but feel we might sacrifice the game on Saturday (as we normally lose away at Arsenal) to keep players for Spurs & the mackems although Pardew would never admit it. So I’m not expecting much on Saturday.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Write the theme tune, sing the theme tune and play a main character – that’s living alright!

  • cyprus

    Dec 10, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    even when we were a seriously good team, this fixture was always an ominous one. Older fans with better memories can correct me on this but I can only remember two wins there. The one with Robert scoring the third and SBR’s famous words and the one with Andy Carroll’s headed goal. EVEN in those two games, we were outplayed and did a bit of a smash and grab.

    I don’t know how to play this game and neither do NUFC coaches. Any suggestions for AP to read will be appreciated.

  • WestOzMag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Question to all bloggers, is reyantoon a troll? His posts are really questionable and any post u do against his are replied back with ” you really have no idea dont you” I am partial to pardew but he has long way to go to sway ke but this reyantoon guy thinks he is the messsiah, a king.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    ……………….Wicker man
    ……………….Tiote….Jacky Boy

    The above line up gives us a shot at getting >=1 point

  • lesh

    Dec 10, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Are we certain that the Club approached the FA for leave to bring in a loan keeper? Or could this just be media muck-raking?

    If they did, I’d like to think they’ve done so on a needs basis as further backup should young Jak be injured – not necessarily to replace him.

  • toon kk

    Dec 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    All we can do is give it a go against Arsenal. We’ve always found them very difficult to play against, with their passing and pace quality we just can’t cope with it. But fingers crossed.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Team for Arsenal:

    ———————- Perez
    ————- Sammy —– Cabella
    —- Colback —— Tiote —— Abeid
    Haidarra – Dummett – Co/Wi-llo – Janmaat
    ———————- Alnwick

    Pack out the middle and force them out wide (like against Chelsea), Cisse (not fully fit) can come on for any of the front three.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Pardew made the mistake of playing 4231 against West Ham, with Sissoko in an advanced role, when I think it would have been better to have had three midfielders across the pitch. If all three midfielders start in the same position then there is more likelihood of there always being two covering midfielders, with a safety first playing philosophy.

  • mag92

    Dec 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Newcastle United, have the 4th, most productive academy in the Premier league, only Manchester United, Spurs and Arsenal, have fielded more academy graduates this season.

  • mag92

    Dec 10, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20

    The way Newcastle, went about beating Chelsea, has left Mourinho, to field a lot of his younger players; it’ll be interesting to see how Chelsea recover from the mauling, Newcastle United, inflicted on them.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Arsenals’ defense are fairly slow and susceptible to diagonal balls over the top and through the channels. The front three should be able to exploit moving from the centre towards the wings to stretch their defenders and pass through gaps or play one twos. With the ‘spare’ forward moving into the box on the blind side.

    The longer the they go without scoring the more players they will commit forward and Cisse will be a good countering attacking player in the second half, in a more orthodox 442.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #22

    If we’re within 3 points of the top 4 teams by Jan, we should go all out to sign these players:

    Van Dijk

    Our squad would then be good enough to finish 3rd.

  • dazzler

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #23


    If we’re within 3 points of the top 4 in Jan we will sell a couple players to ensure it doesn’t happen. History has a nasty habit of repeating itself.

  • toon kk

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #24

    They wouldn’t have enough sell on value for MA regime.

    Those players would be certainly be welcomed by most fans.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #25

    They’d all have sell on value. We would be able to get them all for under £40m.

    Sell Williamson, Colback and Dummett in Jan. That’d get us £7m.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #26

    All those players are must signings. We need a top striker and a playmaker. With getting rid of Ben Arfa and Marveaux, we need Konoplyanka and Grenier to replace them.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #27

    I’ve tried to look back but cannot find an original source for the emergency keeper loan story. Found things like Newcastle are considering……., but nothing apparently original.
    Have to presume now that it’s a story which has grown but with no foundations I can find. A few papers “appear” to have confirmed with the PL we cannot get a keeper but that doesn’t contribute anything about whether we actually asked for a loan or not.
    So it would appear a non story -unless someone knows otherwise.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #28

    mister tuff

    I think its a non story, I ok with ainwick getting his go as no club with exception of Chelsea has 3 decent keepers, the kid showed no fear when he floored costa so let him play

    what does concern me is its a leg injury for Elliot and we didn’t have some1 kicking for him seems a bit silly

  • Kebabacus

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Ah Kets, you brighten my day. Could you score me some crack, by the way?

  • barkel

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #30


    Are you away with the fairies or what man!?

    “Sell Williamson, Colback and Dummett in Jan. That’d get us £7m.”

    Come back to reality mate and get off of Football Manager, why you’d want to have fewer defensive options in a team lacking in defensive options is beyond belief.

    By all means I’d like us to go in for the four you have mentioned but I wouldn’t get rid of anyone in January

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Williamson, Colback and Dummett have to go. We don’t need them. Anita, Tiote, Sissoko and Abeid are all better than Colback.

    Haidara and Santon are better than Dummet and Saylor, Coloccini, Lascelles and Van Dijk are better than Williamson.

  • Toonfan8

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #32

    sorry mate, but you are dreaming on here…we seem to have now succesful spell with making first team players from academy and I think it will continu, it has more in it, and it is, that these players are hungry to make it in Newcastle, Sammy, Dummet, Aarons…great buy in Colback,Janmaat,Perez…also players like Haidara,Abeid are coming through system, they were brought like ones for the future and now are getting to our first team…we now have good shape…Cabella and Riviere will come better too…we dont bring big fish, also have two good young players at Nottingham…I would love to see us bring Mitrovic, but I cant see it happen now, he will be too expensive…but look at the squad, real depth there…
    AM..Sissoko,De Jong
    thats 26 man squad…its enough
    also on loan players like…Darlow,Lascelles,Mbiwa,Marveaux
    and young players coming through Woodman,Satka,Streete,RobertsArmstrong all looking very promising…
    maybee try to bring Mitrovic and Andre Ayew(his contract ends after season)…thats all we need right now…

  • CapColo

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Colback and Dummett?! I’m lost.

  • barkel

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #34

    is that there fifa ratings?

    Colback has been one of our best, most consistent performers this season. Tiote & Abeid will be off to eh ACON in January. I do like Anita but he hasn’t done anything to warrant a place ahead of Colback.

    Steven Taylor is injury prone or a red card liability, colo has picked up quite a few injuries over the last couple of seasons too. Lascelles barely gets a game at Forrest anymore and he is on a season long loan. I will agree that Van Dijk is most likely a better option than Willo.

    All players in the squad are needed for the second half of the season, I would definitely wait until the summer before getting rid of anyone else.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #35

    We’re weak on the wings. We also need a playmaker (a Marveuax type player). All our strikers are decent, but we need Doumbia.

  • Kebabacus

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Doumbia will go for huge money, and that ain’t us anymore mate!

    I am so chuffed we were able to put out 5 local lads at the weekend. To suggest selling two of our best to get in some untested, expensive imports is ridiculous for so many reasons.

    For £7 million! Colback is knocking on the England team’s door, he is worth more than that by himself!

    Seriously Kets, get yourself tested.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Arsenal.Handfootball team.Surely will be boring game.Draw is always win there.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Players are not bought and sold any longer a cording to squad needs bar the bare minimum but to appease a strict wage limit and sell on value. Some people think that the signing of Cisse was a sign of ambition to push for Europe, the fact that we had suffered a couple of five and a four goal defecit due to the CB situation was completely ignored and had either of Willo or Collo been suspended or injured we wouldn’t have got any where near fifth. Cisse was bought purely because he was valued at 17M the season before and by rights he should have been gone by now.

  • Sliema

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #39



    You the funny man! 😀

  • Oldgit1

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #40

    @ ketsbaia9 = see you are back with more rubbish. Colbeck is a good player and is playing for his home team. He has improved the team and he will be playing for England before long.
    Don’t rate the players you have put up for us to buy. Homegrown is the way to go.


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