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Newcastle Could Have Two Defenders Back For Southampton

10:18 pm, Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

When Rafa Benitez was talking about the injuries to defenders for yesterday’s game against Norwich at his press conference on Friday, he said that after this game we would be OK for next week – and that could well mean that both Fabricio Coloccini and Paul Dummett will likely be fit to play at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

It was a dark day yesterday at Norwich and too many of our players didn’t perform up to the required standards, although Karl Darlow did the job for us in goal and made two crucial saves in that first half that kept us in the game.

fabricio coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini – back for the Saints game

But after Mitrovic had equalized brilliantly for the second time with just a few minutes to go in normal time there was a small chance that we could even have gone on to win the game.

But we didn’t and instead we went on to lose the game – and that’s the most disturbing thing – negativity is still in the heads of too many of our players – it’s a losing mentality that  has to be changed quickly.

There’s nothing better to do that than with a win – and we will go all out for that win on Saturday at Southampton and it could help to have our top back four available for that game – Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini and Dummett.

However, Southampton is not the happiest of hunting grounds for Newcastle and we have lost the last three league fixtures at St. Mary’s and conceded 10 goals in the process and not scored a single goal.

And Coloccini will resume the captaincy – since that’s the last of our troubles right now.

There’s a slim chance we can still avoid relegation, but we must win at the very least four of the remaining seven games.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Injuries · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Oof…wheeeze…poooff…wheeeze….ayayay! So much money in my pocket I can hardly mooove!…oooof…paaahhh…wheeeze…ooooffff…

  • 2 Tsunki // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Ashley – do us a favour and Sling your hook!

  • 3 scout // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    That Norwich side was awful, how could we lose to them. Pathetic.

  • 4 welshgeordie9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Colo might be back, whoopie doo, big deal.

  • 5 kimbo // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Wow 2 non league standard players back to strengthen a pub team’s defence. We will get hammered again by Southampton but there will 6 more Cup Finals to play after that and we know how good we are at Cup Finals in the last 50 years.

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Might as well get use to it now, we are going down.

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Can’t believe the clowns in charge haven’t learnt from last season.

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Who’s staying and who’s going to leave, going to be another Leeds United.

  • 9 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    That back four doesn’t inspire me, I want Lascelles in the lineup, he’s the only solid defender we have.

  • 10 cwood30 // Apr 4, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    no other tactic to play other than attack, one foot in the championship already so go out with a bang not a wimper, gutted as to whats happened to this beloved club of mine. 21 more points on the deck, ill give up when its o longer possible. nufc for life thick or thin

  • 11 Viduka // Apr 4, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    Not all hope is gone… The fat lady just warming up… The shite around us need to gain points as well. They have tough arun in… Can’t see palace sund or norw hitting 38… Cmon toon!

  • 12 NUFCPaul // Apr 4, 2016 at 12:54 AM

    Viduka – the shite around us need to gain points too? No, they don’t. If we keep getting the results that we’ve been pretty much consistently getting this season then the shite teams around us don’t need to do a damn thing, at least in terms of us going down. It’s up to Norwich and the Scum to decide between them who’s going down.

    I obviously hope it’s the Mackem bastards, although it’ll be awful if they get promoted next season and we don’t. Nightmare scenario right there.

  • 13 Munster Mag // Apr 4, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    Time for bed. I’ll write a “home truths” post tomorrow but the first one is: rafa isnt any better than the other plums. I posted immediately when i saw his team choice that he was making mistakes. Why can he not see that? If smc chose that team we wud have laughed at him. Cop urself on rafa.

  • 14 asl123 // Apr 4, 2016 at 1:54 AM

    Rafa formation against Norwich puzzling me.
    (1) Lascelles probably way better than Taylor (Mbemba too?).
    (2) In his last 2 appearances, De Jong simply a man who give the air to the lungs. Yet, not even earn a minute.
    (3) Sissoko can’t play wide, and worse, on the left!
    (4) Why Mitrovic didn’t make the cut in the starting line up after an eventful display against mackems, is a 1+1=1 logic, utter nonsense!
    (5) The list can be lengthy enough, but thats my main concerns.

  • 15 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 4, 2016 at 2:06 AM


    Agree with you. Rafa bottled his tactics and team selection. The game could have been different if mitrovic had started.

    But oh well, it’s about rebuilding from the championship now. This teams a goner.

  • 16 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 4, 2016 at 2:07 AM

    And sorry. I still see no difference in the team under mclaren and rafa. This team just carried off where it left under mclaren.

  • 17 NUFCPaul // Apr 4, 2016 at 3:36 AM

    How much of a difference do you expect to see with the players he has at his disposal? He’s a good manager but he’s not a miracle worker! Nobody is going to make Taylor a world class defender. Nobody is going to be able to make Cisse stay onside when he makes his runs. Nobody can make Colback play a forward pass. He’s working with numpties who can’t or won’t work on their weaknesses, it’s as simple as that.

    You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink!

  • 18 Tuttelbom // Apr 4, 2016 at 6:23 AM

    Apart from that one solitary CL win with Liverpool, what makes Benites such a great manager?
    In my memories Liverpool was quite boring to watch under his reign.
    And he isnt excactly the man that are willing to use fresh blood, which mean that we are doomed to see Sissoko & co run around for 7 more games.

  • 19 Magpie Season // Apr 4, 2016 at 6:29 AM


    I think Mitro had a knock coming back from international duty otherwise he would have started.

  • 20 Tuttelbom // Apr 4, 2016 at 6:30 AM

    And when Im on it, cant wait to see Dummett back as left back. If possible, its a downgrade to both Anita and Colback on that spot.
    Wonder what Mbabu has done wrong not getting a starting bert ?

  • 21 Magpie Season // Apr 4, 2016 at 6:33 AM


    He won La Liga with Valencia, the UEFA cup & back to back Champions League Finals appearances. Then Liverpool. Inter he didn’t do that well after Mourinho left but who has, look at them now even Mancini could not revive them. He did win the club world cup. Then Europa League with Chelski.

    At Napoli, apart from the Coppa Italia win he didn’t do well have to admit in the league. Not enough to be appointed Real Madrid boss.

    But those are entirely different battles to a Premier League relegation fight.

  • 22 Tuttelbom // Apr 4, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    Ty for info Magpie Season.
    A lot that has passed me it seems like. But hes tactics are still boring.
    And to rely on Sissoko & co to keep us us? He must be be religious or something, and believe that ppl can thread the water.:P
    He can might aswell start plan for the championship. Toss out the “star players”, and rebuild around Mitro, De Jong and Shelvey. Those are the only ones that seems like they care. Would like to see some of Rolando Arons and Mbabu in the starting lineups aswell.
    But I might start believing in that ppl can thread the water by myselfe now.:)

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Apr 4, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    I’ve heard it all now. “Rafa is no better than the clowns before him”. Ffs, had we have got in a decent manager, ideally after Hughton left, at the very least after Pardew walked, instead of washed up lower league has beens desperate for a job and therefore willing to take orders from three unqualified stooges, we might not be anywhere near the mess we are in. Do you think a decent manager would have allowed this shambolic defence to remain as it was. Something like 120M spent over two seasons and two defenders brought in. Refusing to buy a LB because Dummet can play there and he’s going to be Collos replacement in a years time. So they’ve badically kept an injury prone sub standard CB/LB because he’s a “purple” rather than buy the quality we need. Do you think that Rafa or any other decent manager would have allowed Saivet to be bought in the middle of a relegation scrap. Give your heads a shake will you.

  • 24 Ron Knee // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:05 AM

    Funny article from someone we know:-

    Some of The Mag readers clearly don’t get satire!

  • 25 Ron Knee // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:07 AM

  • 26 The overrated Frenchman // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:25 AM

    I think it should be Colo and Lascelles as the central pairing. M’bemba has been ok (mostly) but seems to be running out of steam. I’m no Colo fan but I just think he’s the better option for the run in. Lascelles is raw, but he provides the physical presence and Taylor is, and has always been, basically useless. Janmaat has dropped his bundle and become a liability and I’d be happy to see him dropped. Maybe M’babu at right back and Sissoko at left. Rafa has to change it up somehow in the defence although it’s probably all academic at this point.

  • 27 LGFUAD21 // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Jesus. Can’t believe Rafa is taking stick already by some. Joke.

    He may not have won a million trophies but he’s managed teams in the champions league for years. That’s far more than any other manager we are capable of attracting. Rodgers? He challenged the title once.

    Even Fergie would struggle with these players. The blame lands firmly at Charnley, Carr and Ashley’s door. It’s been a series of poor decisions one after the other.

    Poor signings
    Not addressing the faults in the team each window
    Poor appointments
    Not waking up and smelling the bacon quick enough with Mcclaren.

  • 28 martoon // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    LGFUAD21 @27 – I did post on the day Rafa was announced – “How long will it be before Rafa is slagged off on the blog?”. I think we have our answer 🙂
    Essex Geordie Bill from previous topic – I don’t miss Williamson but I do miss Danny Simpson – he was constantly criticised on this Blog but he is proving what a good defender he is/was at Leicester.

  • 29 mindshaft // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    this seasons gone , we are relegated for sure
    Not sure why we never seem to get a new manager bounce but likely down to players and agents already having sounded out moves to other clubs and those who haven’t just not good enough for prem.
    This team is a bunch of Carr picked individuals with no idea how to play like a team
    Our defence is a joke , Rafa and McClaren before him have little to choose from , Dummett and Haidara constantly injured, Saylor and Colo pretty much useless , Mbemba seems to be playing to their level and Janmaat never seems to be in position

  • 30 Tsunki // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    It gets to a desperate point when your only way to support your love for Ashley is to blame a manager brought in for a fire fighting job for all the clubs woes. It was bad enough poor shearers legacy was tainted by the abject relegation team, but now Rafa Benitez is no better than the ‘clowns before him’? Ha ha ha that’s good that’s tip top. it’s not like he’s got a pool of world class players to select from. Reality is too harsh to fathom for some.

  • 31 Jib // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Oh dear a new name slagging off the new manager after 3 games .
    What can it be ?
    A non NUFC (I won’t say mackem) WUM or just another whiner ?

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  • 32 Moonraker15 // Apr 4, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    You’re right we should not be criticising anything Rafa does or says! He has literally been there, done it etc, etc.
    I just trust him because he had nothing to prove coming here and didn’t even need the money, he came for the challenge!
    If we start moaning about him we will be a laughingstock and we already have a reputation. Also, if we don’t get 100% behind him and the team now, the slim chance of him staying in the championship will disappear. I hope and pray he stays because that is our only chance of bouncing back. If we manage to stay up, we are in for good times again ! I daren’t even think about relegation and a new manager!!!

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