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.