Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has really not been a good captain for us this year, and maybe he has been affected by Alan Pardew suddenly leaving the club, but the captain has to set the example and during our eight game losing streak Colo didn’t do that.
But the Argentine had a decent game on Saturday and wrote a good letter to the Newcastle fans to try to get them back on the team’s side before it was too late. But it could still be too late and we could go down but we saw some fight from the lads on Saturday – and if they show that same fight and determination in the final two games we have a decent chance of avoiding the drop.
If we don’t we cannot have any excuses because we’ve been simply hopeless under John Carver.
Fabricio Coloccini arrives off the Newcastle coach on Saturday
Followed by goalscorer Ayoze Perez
It looks like Fabricio stepped up to the plate for Newcastle after the disastrous result at Leicester City – so that was good and maybe we have turned the corner – maybe.
This is what Colo said after the 1-1 draw on Saturday, where the crowd got right behind the team – and that was great to see:
“We could not get the win, but it is good because we showed a different spirit and we have to say ‘thank you’ to the fans again.”
“They have been with us and we are going to need them for these next two games.” “Of course, we’ve got the character and we showed it today on the pitch.”
“Next year, we cannot take the same risk, we need to show the character before it was a mistake.” “But we are not here to look backwards; we need to look forwards to get points.”
“It’s in our hands, so we have to take the points, we don’t depend on the other teams. We have to win; we have to take the points.”
And Colo has also denied there was an altercation on the team bus after the Leicester game with Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul:
“That is not true at all.”
So why didn’t Coloccini or Tim Krul come out early last week and debunk the story, which did the rounds in all the national newspapers?
That was not good publicity for Newcastle last week – but come to think of it there hasn’t been much of that at all this year.
Maybe we can change that by winning at QPR?