If Newcastle are going to win some games and have a good run-in during the final 15 games of the season, then it’s going to be important that captain Coloccini settles down at the back, and starts to play well.
Fabricio Coloccini – needs to start playing well
It was a great 3-0 win at Hull last Saturday, no doubt about it, but our defense was still a little too open and vulnerable, and Hull City missed three gilt-edged opportunities in the game, and a better team like Stoke, who we play on Sunday, would have taken those chances.
The game on Sunday has an unusual 2:05 pm kick-off time, and Colo is keen to tell everybody that things are settled on Tyneside:
“I tell you, we trust in the staff that we have now,” “We are with them – we are going to push all together. Everyone is happy now.”
“When John took over, it was not the best situation for us,” “We were losing, but now it is different. We have got a result..”
“We are working very hard during the week – about tactics and shape – and I think we showed that on the pitch in the second half against Hull.” “We took advantage of the space they left, when we counter-attacked.”
“We know him and the staff. We have confidence in them, and it’s important that the players have confidence. We are going to work together.”
To a large extent that’s what you would expect a captain to say when a caretaker manager is now in charge, and we all know talk is cheap, but another win against Stoke on Sunday would be great – they are not an easy team to beat.
The good news at John Carver’s press conference today should be that Siem de Jong will at least be on the bench for the game, and the Dutchman is a class player, and even Gabby Obertan may be pushing for a starting position, depending on how he’s looked in training.
Coloccini has been at Newcastle since August of 2008, when we signed him from Deportivo, and his contract runs out a year come June, when he will likely leave Newcastle and return to Argentina.
A second successive win on Sunday would be just terrific, and it would leapfrog us above Stoke in the league, and it would buck us up a little after the disappointments of the January transfer window.
And the fans seem fairly confident we can do that.
What do you think?
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