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Coloccini Goal Saves The Doom And Gloom On Tyneside

Fabricio Coloccini was captain for Newcastle today in the absence of the slightly injured Kevin Nolan.

Fab Coloccini – seems pleased to have scored 😀

So it was fitting that Fab scored his first goal for Newcastle this season, and his third overall,  with almost the very last piece of  action in today’s game,  when he headed home after Andy Carroll had headed the ball on from a  good Jonas Gutierrez right wing corner.

That was Gutierrez’  second assist of the game, as he also set up Shola Ameobi’s headed goal after 72 minutes, this time from a left wing cross. What’s that about Jonas not having an end product?

Newcastle did not play at all well today, especially in the first half when the lads gifted Wigan, and former winger Charles  N’Zogbia of all people, with two soft goals in two minutes. We put ourselves into such a deep hole in that first 45 minutes, but we just managed to escape – right at the death.

Fab talked to the official Newcastle site after the game:

“It was very important, because we were losing,” “At one point late in the second half, we were still 2-0 down so it was good to get a draw. We were losing so I’m happy that I could help the team.”

“And to do so as captain was even better. It was like a present for me to be captain. It’s an important role because you’re the boss on the pitch, and that’s an honor.”

“I have to say thank you not only to the manager but also to my team-mates.”  “I would like to keep the armband – but I think they need it for the next game so I had to give it back!”

It was a really important equalizer for Newcastle, because otherwise everything would be doom and gloom on Tyneside, with three league defeats in a row, and three home league defeats in a row.

But the lads got a point, after seemingly giving away the game in that terrible first 45 minutes.

In the four home games this season, we have just 4 points, which is as many points as we have gained on the road in the league, in just three away games.

But our home form continues to be a mystery – not really a mystery – because it’s just plain not good enough – it’s a mystery why that is the case.

Fab continued:

“We can’t really be losing two points here. We have to win the games at home and we were playing against a team who may be competing with us at the end of the season.”

“So I am happy with the point and my goal, I would be happier if I had not scored and we had got all three points.”

“West Ham will be a difficult game. Every team we play is very, very strong but we have a good squad with good players and we will go there looking for three points.”

He’s such a smashing lad is Fabricio,  and he really does seem to get a big kick out of captaining Newcastle United.

With Sol Campbell patiently waiting in the wings, and Danny Simpson almost 100% fit again from his ankle injury, we could well see Chris Hughton shake up the defense next Saturday afternoon at West Ham, where we wouldn’t put it past the lads, to be able to get all 3 points in London.

But to do that, we certainly cannot play the way we played defensively in that first 45 minutes today, and as boss Chris Hughton said after the game – it was like committing suicide.

No more suicides are allowed this season. 😀

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • DarloGeordie

    Oct 16, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Need a new keeper, improved right back and a pacey front man to work off caroll… otherwise we r fu****d in the butt

  • perch

    Oct 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #2

    full of shit ya c u n t

  • newcastle10

    Oct 16, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #3

    colochini should be captain pernamently

  • Doocey

    Oct 16, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Oh please.
    We’re up to avoid relegation. We do that, it’s a success.

    Giive the lads a break.

  • Whitecap

    Oct 16, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #5

    The Hatem Ben Arfa injury has really hampered the team. Given the complete void of talent on the flanks right now, I’m wondering if a switch of tactics might benefit Newcastle at the moment. Enrique is the only consistent player on the flank and Jonas, who played RB for Argentina, has been showing better lately. I propose the following:


    Keeps Routledge and Perch where they belong – on the bench.

  • petey

    Oct 16, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #6

    williamson to blame for many goals this season and today he could have stopped them both. Cant wait for Taylor to be back

  • petey

    Oct 16, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #7

    and by could of, i mean should of.

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 16, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #8

    petey, I wouldn’t say many this SEASON, but he was definitely shocking today.

    I’d bring Campbell in vs. West Ham.

    Team versus West Ham:






    Then the big one!

    Against Sunderland I’d go for:





    *Unless he improves, in which case, I’d go with Guthrie

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 16, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Perch was to blame today for another poor showing. Williamson didn’t play his usual best today and should be dropped for Campbell. I would make Mr Lover play some reserve games to gain sharpness as he was completely ineffective today. Well done Shola, you surprised me again. He deserves a start alongside Carroll next game with Ranger replacing him later on.

  • gorskino10

    Oct 16, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #10

    agree with Whitecap but would to add that i would prefer to see Ranger upfront instead of Ameobi, he is more a impact sub, Ranger works hard get him to run for most of it do the leg work for Andy then be subbed for Shola.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 16, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Drop Perch & Williamson they are not PL standard. If we can’t beat teams like Blackpool, Stoke & Wigna then we are in fo a long hard season. Blackpool & WBA who trailed us by a mile last season are playing with a freedom that we aren’t. Could be a long hard winter

  • shamadz72

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #12

    When will CH learned that Perch is pretty much a baggage to the Toons. It doesn’t take a genious to figure out that both goal from Insomnia came from error made by our RB. Do I need to spell out to CH who is there at RB?

    I believed it is time for CH to eat a humble pie and admitted this fact!

  • Spuggy

    Oct 17, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Drop Williamson for one bad performance??

    Play Ranger (who is completely untested at this level) instead of ameobi?

    Perch I agree should get a rest, don’t forget he’s been thrust into the premiership from nowhere.

    It will take time for the team to understand how to beat each team they play against. I bet when we play them a second time we’re better.

    Some people on here have been playing too much football manager.

    And for those who think hughton should go…..get a life, and support your team. You weren’t saying that when we won the championship, and thrashed villa, and beat chelsea etc etc…..

    This is where our fickle reputation as fans comes from.

  • Ericles

    Oct 17, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Did not CH realise that Nzogbia would be a man on a mission? That he would return to Tyneside with his ego to prove? Not only was he allowed to make our defence look inept he scores 2 goals to rub salt in wounds as well. Surely CH could have used a bit of psychology here and made sure that Nzogbia would not be allowed to do what he did, and obviously intended to do?

  • Magickit

    Oct 17, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Krul – 6 Nth actually he do and he can do
    Perch – 2 Simply not at PL level, totally out-perform by NZog
    Colo – 7 Score a goal and I like his man-marking to NZog, he seems play RB even much better than Perch. Share MOM with Spiderman
    Williamson – 4 had a very bad game, positioning not good enough , can prevent the first goal
    Eniqure – 5 very hard working and strong, passing needs to be improved
    Guthrie – 4 try to hold the ball but obviously not fit enough and marking to NZog is ineffective
    Barton – 5 blame for 2nd goal but appreciate his hard working all the match , run every single minute, passing and crossing still not up to his standard
    Tiote – 6 very strong , solid and full of energy, considering he runs back for every def to help the def line, he even run at the last man when all the def line go upwards, very very good buy this season. Passsing should be improved though.
    Jonas – 7 hard working try to beat defender and 1 very good crossing and last -min good corner. try at left side right side to attack considering wigan double team him every single moment. Our best player today. How we can drop him for the preivous match ?
    Loven – 4 seems not match-fit, can only see him once dangerours at one offside incident
    Carroll – 5 last min header is good, other than that not so effective

    Ameobi – 6 his header give us the hope, good as a sub rather than starter. When he starts, we always get a feeling that “when Shola is going to sub-out?”
    Rouledge – 1 he seems like a schoolboy, what happen to him, cannot run, pass , cross, give the ball away every single time !! is he get illness ? he is playing good for some games before
    Ranger – 4 too little time to see his contribution

    MOM = Argentina Men

  • shearer4pm

    Oct 17, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #16

    coloccini is now my favourite hairy player. valdarrama can get lost 😀
    williamson was to blame for both goals in my view. but great character from the lads not to give up

  • Dennis Twice

    Oct 17, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    *Surely CH could have used a bit of psychology here and made sure that Nzogbia would not be allowed to do what he did ———> Nigel de Jong?


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