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 – 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.