It was a gutsy performance from Newcastle United yesterday, in breaking the four game losing streak – and that’s especially true after we went 1-0 down after only five minutes of the game at St. James’ Park.
Fabricio Coloccini in action yesterday
Newcastle have not played well recently, and that lack of confidence was evident yesterday, as both teams looked nervous at the start of the game with Everton having lose five of their last seven games in all competitions.
And just to keep things interesting, we’ll soon be losing three players to the African Cup of Nations – Mehdi Abeid, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote – and it looks like they will be on their way after the Burnley game on Thursday – although we were assuming they could play in the FA Cup tie at Leicester City on Saturday.
And in any case we may be without Papiss Cisse for the next three games – after he was seen to elbow Seamus Coleman in the face yesterday, and he could now receive a three match ban from the FA for violent conduct.
That at least was the goal of TV pundits yesterday and they could be successful in that quest to get Cisse banned.
After the fantastic 3-2 home win against Everton yesterday this is what Fab Coloccini told the Chronicle:
“Now we have a bigger squad.” “We have great players on the bench as well. We have Manu Riviere and Ayo is doing brilliantly as well. We have Remy Cabella too.”
“There a few good players to come in.” “I think the most important thing was to get the result and we did that. We will get the confidence from that.”
“We lost that on the field in the last few games.”: “It was difficult yesterday.” “We came on to the pitch with ambition to win the game.”
“Then we were 1-0 down. It was difficult but after that we played well.” “We had many chances to score. We could have scored a few more goals as well.”
Papiss scored his 9th Premier League of the season yesterday, and young Ayoze Perez scored his 5th Premier League goal of the season.
That’s 14 goals from these two strikers of the 22 goals we have scored in the league, that’s 64% of the total from just two players – one of whom we will now lose for about six weeks. 🙁
Let’s hope that young Adam Armstrong and Manu Riviere can get in among the goals when Papiss is away, and Ayoze Perez can stay in among the goals – over the next six weeks or so.
We also need to sign a striker next month, but whether that will be possible – we don’t know.
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