Fabricio Coloccini accepts that he must accept extra responsibility in the 12 game run-in to this season, which has been the third of the last four seasons where Newcastle have been fighting against relegation.
And this is the first season where we have been in the bottom four almost all season – right from the start.
Fabricio Coloccini – could miss the Stoke game
Fabricio has come under some severe criticism this season for his perceived lack of leadership on the field and he has given another interview today in the local press.
The 34 year-old was asked if he thought Newcastle could survive the drop this season:
“I’m positive about that survival,” “We have good quality. We need to take a few points and win a few games.” “If we do, we will be okay.”
“Of course, of course.” “All I can do is just try to play and give 100% every game and try to get points.”
That last sentence was in response to the question that didn´t he have to take extra responsibility during the run-in because he is the captain.
It seems that Fabricio´s calf injury makes him touch and go for the game at Stoke next Wednesday night, which is one of the next two crucial games where we must pick up at least four points.
The second game is at home to Bournemouth a week on Saturday.
With another four players brought into the squad last month Steve McClaren and the lads have to start putting some points up on the board.