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This Star Expects Newcastle To Climb League Table

8:32 am, Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Fabricio Coloccini scored his sixth goal for Newcastle in the first half on Saturday against bottom of the table Aston Villa and when it went in after 38 minutes we thought that was the win right there.

But we were wrong and Villa fought back well in the second half to get a good draw for them and it was 2 points lost for Newcastle.

We missed a number of good chances that should have seen us get our third win in a row, but the players gave 100% and it was in the skills side that we fell short over the weekend – not in the application of our players.

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Fab Coloccini scores during the monsoon in first half

The Newcastle captain was hoping his goal would have been the winner, but it wasn’t to be as he said this yesterday:

“After our start to the season, we are now recovering.” “We missed an opportunity to take three points against a Villa team who are not in a good situation, but seven points out of nine shows we are making progress.”

“The Premier League is going to be so close this season so it is important to stay clear of the relegation zone.”

“And if we can keep up the same level of performance we have shown recently except in the second half against Villa, then we will climb the table.”

“It was great to score a goal because I don’t get many but there was a mix of sensations afterwards.”

“We didn’t play well enough after half-time to take all three points but a draw keeps our good run going.”

Newcastle have a chance to get back to winning ways on Saturday against Everton at St. James’ Park and we won this same fixture last year 3-2, in what turned out to be Alan Pardew’s last game in charge of Newcastle.

Another 3-2 win is exactly what we need in this game but it will not be easy against the 10th placed Toffees.

Comments welcome – but please be civil to other readers who may disagree with your views.

Tags: Coaching · Fabricio Coloccini · Interview · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Our Toon // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:33 AM


    Agreed mate, they are trying to drum up interest in him. He’s been dropped for 2 of the 3 games Jimmy has been manager, the new man even went as far as to not play a striker against Burnley

  • 2 expatmag // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    So, does anyone really expect the fat one to pay in excess of 20 million quid for the Marseille lad or 15 million quid for the Uruguayan?

    Fcuks sake…….where do people get this shit from?

  • 3 Blofal // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Jesper Pardew had the best squad when we finished 5th. Every season after that we sold our best players. And I agree, we played horrible football under him. But by the time he left that squad was one of the worst in the league and not capable of playing anything other than horrible football.

    That is still the issue now. McClaren came in and tried to impliment a possession based style like the top clubs but our players weren’t good enough to play possession football. We have only become better in the last few games because he had to abandon that and switch to a more direct style.

  • 4 JP...from The Rock // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    We need techinically gifted players blessed with pace. Our squad still isn’t fast enough. We need pace upfront and down the wings. And our passing has to be one of the worst in the league surely. We are very inconsistent and need players that are consistent like Ayoze and Mbemba. We should replace Sissoko with a proper pacey out and out winger and move Sissoko to the middle or even the bench and come on as an impact sub. He is too inconsistent to be a regular performer.

    We also need defenders especially a CB and a LB but at times of crisis like these we need proven players and not placing our blind faith on French players who are usually not up for the fight.

    I know it’s not a priority right now but in the summer I hope we go after Sam Byron of Leeds as he is a talented RB and one that could push Janmaat for a starting spot. But I would like that once we sort the other weak areas we have all over the pitch.

  • 5 OneAlanShearer // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    I don’t want austin or Rolan. We need power and pace along with shot accuracy. We have mitrovic to hold up the ball or de jong. I can’t see us getting batsuyi or whatever his name is.

    I also fear we will go back to losing against everton. The players need to do their talking on the pitch. We should have beaten villa but the water logged pitch and poor finishing stopped that. We have to keep winning.

    I suspect that Ashley will only go for 1 or 2 players in January when 4 to 6 are needed. We have a horrendous squad. All it takes is 2 injuries and we could finish this season without another win.

    We must by a defensive midfield playmaker ideally 2 and let tiote go.
    A centre back ideally 2 and let Williamson leave.
    A striker ideally 2 and let Riviere, Gouffran and cisse go.
    A winger ideally 2 and let marveaux and obertan go.
    I’d also like another experienced keeper to challenge Krul when fit.
    For me lascelles and darlow have not looked up to it when they’ve played. Elliot is playing out of his skin but am injury to him would leave us thread bare again.
    An injury to a centre back would be catastrophic especially Mbemba.
    Plus I think we need goals and pace up front anyway.
    However defensive midfield playmaker is a must as despite anita improving he is still going to get overun in any physical battle. Tiote is no longer an option. We are woefully thin all over the park. They need to buy 5 or 6 quality players but if they juat want to gamble then I bet it’s a striker and a winger and sell sissoko who we should keep. I expect more outgoings than in.

  • 6 Average_Contents // Dec 22, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    See this line?

    It’s the pinocchio line.

    Please let’s not cross it again. He’s gone ffs! I know he keeps mentioning us in a vain attempt to control history but COME ON.

    In the words of elsa: LET IT GOO, LET IT GOOO.

    Pinocchio line below


  • 7 lesh // Dec 22, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    We all agree that we’ve bought some pups over the past few years – nearly all from Europe.

    Carr’s scouting has unearthed a few who’ve adapted fairly quickly to the Prem and who’ve gone on to be very good players though for Newcastle United, not for too long before being sold.

    Either Carr’s losing his touch or Charnley’s sticking rigidly to Ashley’s buy to sell policy and thus buying those that aren’t as good as others where the principal restraint is money.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Carr’s on a bonus based on a percentage of profits on sales and though I’m not suggesting that Carr’s getting some sort of ‘commission’ on purchases from the selling clubs, but some of his buys have turned out to be so poor, they’ve never become first-team players.

  • 8 Wayayman // Dec 22, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Blofal, I’m not sure if Pardew did have the best squad (Danny Simpson ffs!) but he did have Cabaye on fire and the strikers banging them in.

    Anyway, if we do buy another striker and Cisse leaves I’ll be happy. Other than that, we need to strengthen in other places as we all know. Dummet is no left back and colo must be on his last legs this season surely?

  • 9 Novocastrian66 // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    We need defenders.

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