Coloccini Names Example Of Strong Character At Newcastle

We have to say we have been even more impressed with Rob Elliot´s display on Saturday at Bournemouth having found out  more of what happened last week and what happened during the game.

Rob revealed that was against medical advice that he played on Saturday and that during the game he still felt some pain in his thigh at times during the game.

rob elliot great game at Bournemouth

A triumphant Rob Elliot after the game

That didn´t stop the 29 year-old goalkeeper almost single-handedly getting all 3 points for us and he was ably assisted by a captain´s performance at the back by center-back Fabricio Coloccini.

Coloccini talked about Rob after the game and the captain was delighted that – even though we were dominated by Bournemouth – our players kept fighting even though it was a bad day at the for most of them.

This is what Colo said immediately after the game:

“It is good to see the team fighting today,” “We played like a football team. That is very important to see from outside the pitch.”

“It is a massive thing for us because we have a lot of players who have come from other leagues and they don’t really know how hard the Premier League is.”

“We have strong characters in this team. Sometimes they are not loud or maybe you cannot see it from off the pitch but Rob Elliot is an example. He was injured but he said to the manager, ‘I am ready to play’.”

“That is the important thing. People like him we need in the changing room. He is an example for young players.”

Rob is a good example for young players and it seems that it was Rob´s insistence last Monday that he would be fit to play against Bournemouth that convinced Steve McClaren not to bring in a goalkeeper on emergency loan.

Now Rob should have two weeks of good treatment during the International break on his thigh so hopefully he is fully fit for our next game at home to Leicester City in 13 days time.

It´s not surprising that Rob had been included in the Republic of Ireland´s final squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

But given the fragile state of that thigh of his there´s just no way Newcastle will let Rob travel to join the Ireland squad – who are meeting in Dublin tomorrow.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 8, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Welshie just watching MotD 2 here .
    I must say Garry Monk has a very haunted look these days !!
    Mitro wasn’t even in the top 3 for goal of the month 🙁

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 8, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #2


    I don’t know what’s happening with the swans at the moment.

  • jane

    Nov 8, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #3

    the media are trying to make out Monk is under pressure but he is playing it down in the interviews I’ve seen. Swansea’s next match is home to Bournemouth so they’ll probably get back to winning ways.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 8, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Three points in the next game and we will move above Norwich and/or Chelsea and move to within a point of WBA. Otherwise we will maintain the 17th spot.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Play great, don’t win. Play crap, get three points. If we can just get that balance right we could be unbeatable. 😉

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 9, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Y’alreet welshie? How’s your dad bearing up mate.

  • manxpie

    Nov 9, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #7

    hahaha my god the pardew haters are indeed obsessed
    funny as fusk like they can’t stand him but still make special effort to watch him “they doth protest to much!” comes to mind

  • swemag

    Nov 9, 2015 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Hello guys! I just logged on here to remind everybody that we sucked on Saturday. Just in case you forgot. We sucked a lot. My god we sucked. I strongly believe most of us will remember this one for many years to come.
    Just in case you forgot.
    On the positive side of things, actually, forget about that. Everything sucked.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 9, 2015 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #9

    swemag –

    The three points didn’t suck.
    On the day, that was what mattered the most.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 9, 2015 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Cracking result for Palace. When was the last time we won at Anfield again? 20 yrs ago when Watson stuck it in the top corner after coming off the bench for Sir Les in the cup! Could be wrong?

    I see Carver has spoken again also where he is bang on, we are better off this season with the quality in the squad which he didn’t have. Wijnaldum scoring goals where as he didn’t have a midfielder who could pop them in. And also a forward upfront who can hold the ball up. Still though, we still arn’t at 100% and are pretty poor as a whole.

    I still don’t think the coaching was a problem at NUFC, I think it’s a lack of quality in the first team pool and it’s slowly being added to and that is where we are seeing glimpses of decent play.

    Roll on January.

  • Santon03

    Nov 9, 2015 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Can’t always play pretty football, when it doesn’t work the team know how to get point(s) which is a good sign.
    Against Leicester, we will need this kind of defense, frustrate them then counter attack.

    Thauvin looks good and strong, Cisse always caught off-side.

  • Santon03

    Nov 9, 2015 at 4:11 AM

    Comment #12

    If you watched Torino vs Inter, it’s pretty much the same story. Inter stole a goal then defend until the end 5 defenders and 5 midfielders.
    Impressive GKing by Handanovic, also impressive 16yr old AC Milan GK Donnaruma.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 9, 2015 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Santon…if you don’t want relegation then you would expect s good game once in a while…so I don’t think people are being unfair.

    …it seems the Bournemouth game is more standard than the Norwich game!

    The Leicester and Palace game are going to be very important…especially the Palace game. There are more at stake than just points there.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 9, 2015 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #14

    *s = a

  • Santon03

    Nov 9, 2015 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #15


    I didn’t criticize anyone, I gave praise to the team. I didn’t say anyone being unfair, surely everyone expect beautiful perfect game but you can’t always get that unless you are playing vs kindergarten teams. The other teams also want to win especially in front of their own crowd, we can’t always dominate them it’s impossible but we did very well under that kind of pressure and still manage to get 3 points. Good results is what you need to avoid relegation.
    Just be happy you have a team that can score 6 goals in a game, if this is depressing then you should watch Inter play.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 9, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #16 far this season we definitely haven’t lived up to my expectations…but there have been some good signs without results!

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 9, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #17

    mr tuff- Your including me again in your puerile lists. Your living in the past with your list and 1960’s comedy joke book there redundant.
    Also don’t bother with your outdated faux outrage post either just try to post something to become more relevant.
    Read a Jimmy Smith post above – or why not arrange a trip to London where you’ll find its cosmopolitan. Become RELEVANT rather than PUERILE- repeat after me!.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 9, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Ian Toon – stop your blog mischief -we all know you are the blog trickster and master multiple despite your cringeworthy denials. Just give it up man – we do not need your artifice and trickery it serves no purpose at all. apart from giving the impression you have even a modicum of support -when the truth is you have.
    Please do not unleash any more characters from your stable of multiples people are fed up with them.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 9, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #19

    I see the plan is to challenge Elliot’s participation in the Ireland match. Not sure what grounds we will be claiming on. Ireland could quite easily invoke the FIFA ruling and prevent Elliot from playing in the following match for us.

    Better let him go where he is more likely to sit on the bench than play anyway.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 9, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #20

    you have none.

  • firebug666

    Nov 9, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #21

    We were diabolical on Saturday, from the start they came at us, and we panicked and fumbled our way to three points. Whilst the three points was very welcome the performance was not.

    our passing was cringe worthy for the most part, Anita was just kicking the ball anywhere, and could have cost us dearly if not for Elliot, who was the only player who had a good game, and lets face it, you don’t want your keeper to be that involved he gets MOTM.

    Our defending was not good, they were very unlucky at times (thank god), our defending was desperate, we resorted to just lashing the ball anywhere.

    Basically we have told the rest of the league, if you come at us from the start we will collapse.

    Leicester are more clinical in front of goal, so we had better learn how to play football in the next thirteen days, or those three points we snatched from the jaws of defeat may just end up being worthless.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 9, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Mr Tuff

    Don’t you fancy ‘changing the record’ yet? It seems true that you rarely post owt about football,preferring instead to continue your ongoing feuds about multiples, jellied eels and the like. Boooo hoos and ooots, chas n dave references etc are canny funny the first time but…
    Small print: Just my opinion of course.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 9, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #23

    knowing Elliot and wanting to play for the TOON against the medics advice – will he not want to do the same for the Republic and I don’t think the club could do much about it!

  • Mag52

    Nov 9, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #24


    Not only your opinion.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 9, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #25

    I’d want to have the chance if I was him! The club would have a fairly weak argument given they played him and want him to play the next game.

    Whether Ireland would take it further, I don’t know but FIFA could stop him playing against Leicester if they did complain.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 9, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Like you – if I was in Elliot’s shoes I would want to play for my country – A great chance for the lad to go to a major competition if they get through

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 9, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #27

    I can’t understand anyone who wouldn’t want to represent their own country! Particularly in what is such a big game for them.

    I do see it from the clubs side, they have to protect their interests as well. I’ve got 5 of my academy kids, 4 who are 12 years old and 1 who is 13 and they have been selected to represent Malawi at Under 15 level. I am reluctant to let them go, partly their age, but partly because I know they would be better off staying and training with us, rather then the national youth set up. I haven’t withdrawn them yet, but it will be a difficult conversation telling them that they can’t go and play in an international competition.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 9, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #28

    Kids 12 and 13 years old playing for under 15 – I wouldn’t let them go – in my opinion too big a age gap like men against boys under -15 boys to big and strong and will have developed a lot more.
    Wor lass teaches PE over here boys and girls football and I know at school under 12 boys are not allowed to play for under 15’s

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 9, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #29


    I for one would not want to represent England in football, you can see FIFA is corrupt , I feel our FA is filled with frauds, we will never win anything with those guys in charge, to many players get picked because of club than what they can do, Rodney Playing for England is a joke never mind him being captain, Vardy has to fight to get in the squad but will prob be a sub, Sturidge will walk straight back into the squad when fit , straight into the team because he plays for Liverpool. No sorry I would not want to represent my country.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 9, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #30

    That is my thoughts, but they went to the tryouts and were selected ahead of the older kids, after embarrassing a team of kids closer to 17 in one of the trial matches. It is fairly standard school of thought here that 12 and 13 should play Under 15 level, 15 should play Under 17, etc. Ridiculous.

    I’ve had some arguments with the local FA in recent weeks about the way they structure age group football and the way it is promoted. I’m working with them on a FIFA Under 15 league, and they are just clueless on what Under 15 should actually be.


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