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Coloccini Lays Down The Law To His Teammates

7:28 am, Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Fabricio Coloccini has become a lot more vocal as the Newcastle captain recently and we hear from him now after almost every game and he has today put out another warning to his team mates that just playing well is no longer good enough –  but we need the points and preferably wins.

Colo knows what it’s like to be relegated at Newcastle, because that’s what happened in his first season at Newcastle after he joined us from Deportivo in August, 2008 for just over £10M.


Fab Coloccini challenges Aaron Ramsey on Saturday

Newcastle played very well at the Emirates on Saturday, but we still managed to lose and that’s our third defeat in a row 1-0.

We lost ground on other clubs in the relegation zone such as Sunderland, Norwich and Bournemouth who all picked up points.

So we are now 3 points from 4th bottom and safety.

This is what Coloccini has told the Chronicle today:

“There’s still a long way to go – but we have to wake up, not in a few weeks, now.” “That’s why I say it’s OK to play well, but we need to get points.”

“Playing well is no longer enough. We need wins and draws – we have to climb the table.” “When you concede a lot of goals, it’s not just the defense, it’s the whole team.”

“It’s the same at the other end.”“If we are not scoring goals it’s because something is wrong too.” “It’s the same again, it’s not just the attackers it is all of the team.”

“When we have a bad game we all take responsibility. Everybody has to be together.” “We had a good game but we have lost from a set-play.”

“That’s disappointing because we played well away from home and at a difficult place.” “What else can you say?”  “We need points and wins now.”

“We played well but we need more than that now.”

Colo is absolutely right – yes we need to play well – but we also need to pick up points as well – and we only have 18 games and 54 points to go – so every game is very important.

It looks like we need at least 23 points from those games – maybe more to be safe.

The very last thing we need this season is another relegation, especially after what happened last year.

That would amount to another living nightmare for fans.

Comments welcome.

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

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LGFUAD21 // Jan 5, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    Many on here will not like this opinion but I think we should be thankful that Remy is even pondering over a move for a week.

    On paper it would seem a no brained for him to go to palace for the next 6 months. They are doing well, he’d almost definitely start under pardew and therefore enhance his chances of the going to the euros.

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 5, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    Yeah, it will be difficult to attain our targets at this stage. The club doesn’t like the Jan window due to lack of value, any club looking at us now will be thinking they have us over a barrel as we are fairly desperate.

    If you take out his hat trick he has 1 goalie his last 7 appearances. Hardly on fire. Leave the kid where he is, rather than setting him back in a side that isn’t functioning well. He has only scored in 9 of his 22 appearances for them.

  • 3 hibbitt // Jan 5, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    LGFUAD21 the only thing i disagree with is if he says no that’s a week gone and this lot will take another week to turn around we don’t have the time

  • 4 nut meg // Jan 5, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    The chronicle is reporting that we have postponed a move for Jetro Willems.

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 5, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    There is little hope of Remy going to the Euros regardless of his form over the next 6 months. He hasn’t featured for them since 2014. He is behind Martial, Gignac, Giroud, Griezzemann and probably Lacazette at this moment. Then there are the issues with Benzema which could be resolved and the fact France only play with one up top generally.

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 5, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    nut meg,
    We have postponed, or he has?

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 5, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Nut meg,
    He isn’t fully fit, so isn’t what we need. Recovering from a serious injury, plus adapting to a new league and home. Is he the right man for a survival battle? Not in my eyes.

    Robertson or Davies would be far better bets for us.

  • 8 nut meg // Jan 5, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    He’s still recovering from a knee injury but is says we will resist making a move this month. I’d like to think that most of the work has already been done ready for the summer …BUT… we don’t work that way.

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 5, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    nut meg,
    Even in the summer I’d prefer Robertson or Davies. Willems is hardly solid defensively on the occasions I’ve seen him.

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