Fabricio Coloccini had another decent game on Saturday in the 2-1 loss at Watford – our 5th defeat in the last seven games in all competitions – and he has come out again as Newcastle captain and talked to the press and basically pointed out the failings of the team.
While Newcastle have been playing quite well in games we just don´t seem to be able to get the results and in our 23 games this season we have only 5 wins – the lowest of any team in the league apart from bottom placed Aston Villa – another famous club in real danger of taking the drop this season.
Fabricio Coloccini in action on Saturday
So if you look at our record it´s not just one thing as we have very few goals – conceded far too many (the 3rd worst at 41) and also have the third worst goal difference and we are third bottom – our results have been catastrophically bad.
In our relegation season back in 2008-2009 we had 2 more points than we have today after 23 games played.
This is what Colo has said:
“I can’t really speak about whether or not players will come in,” “It’s something that the manager and the club have to decide.”
“Obviously, it is better for us if we can get more players to come in with us.” “It’s better to improve the quality of the team and the squad, but it’s not something we have to worry about as players.”
“It is for other people to decide.” “It feels like it’s the same story again, really.” “We had a lot of chances, but we couldn’t score.”
“We had our instructions, and I thought we did fairly well in the first half.”
“But we conceded right at the start of the second half, and then it’s always hard to score and get back in the game after that, especially when you’re playing away.”
“We haven’t been playing that badly, but when we’ve been on top of games, we’ve not really taken advantage of that.”
“I thought we played really well for the first 15 minutes, but then I think they dominated the first half after that.”
“We created a lot of chances, and played quite well in the transition, but we couldn’t score.” “I think it’s something we need to learn, and we need to learn quickly because we cannot allow it to keep happening like it is.”
“We are missing chances, and conceding too many chances to the teams we are playing against. That is something we have to do better.”
“It’s one step forward and then one step back at the moment. We played well against Man United and West Ham, and there were moments in this game where we played well too.”
“But we still got punished for our mistakes and we have to improve. It’s important that we start keeping a clean sheet.”
“Maybe we are too nice,” “It is true that we need to win more tackles.” “If you look at all the 50-50s at the moment, maybe we are losing more than the opposite side and that is not good enough.”
“Sometimes, in our team, that can make the difference. We have great football players with the ball, but we need the ball. And to get the ball, we need to be winning that tackle.”
It´s looking very serious for Newcastle at the moment and first things first – we need at least two more players brought in this week and have them on the bench at Everton a week on Wednesday in our next game.
And then we may have a better chance of saving ourselves.
But it´s not a surprise we are 10/11 odds on to be relegated on SkyBet.