FabricioColoccini4Newcastle United avoided defeat for the first time in this brand new year but it didn’t feel like there was much to celebrate.

However, Alan Pardew was really upbeat afterwards and let us just hope that his positive words are followed by action.

“He (Coloccini) was excellent today, of the centre-backs on the pitch he was most assured.

He gave us the calmness in the heat of battle and you need that.

We will speak to him this week and we will resolve that situation (staying/going).

We are pursuing three or four players and they all seem to be warming up a bit.

We need a bigger pool of players but coming here today was always going to be difficult.

We have repaid a little bit of the debt we had to our fans who made the trip to Brighton”. 

I don’t think anybody watching that rubbish today will have felt repaid in any way but if the Coloccini situation can be resolved positively and a few of these ‘warmed up’ players can be ‘brought to the boil’ we might have something to take us forward again.

In today’s centre-back parade, you would have been shocked if Colo couldn’t look more assured than Williamson and ex-mackem dope Michael Turner, while Bassong had a game to forget as he found ways to get into trouble despite under little pressure.

However, if ‘resolving the situation’ equals the departure of Coloccini then god help us when we play a team who actually tries to attack us.

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14 comments
howaymebonnylads
howaymebonnylads 5pts

Come on Alan man, everyone mistimes a tackle or two.  What you should be saying is it was clumsy and a yellow at best.  It's not like he raked him right down the shin.  These challenges are why shin pads are worn because it happens.  Shearer should be questioning why officials have it in for Mitrovic before the games even kicked off to put some uncertainty in their mind and sticking up for his own!!!

Wayne Clayton
Wayne Clayton 5pts

It's because we are who we are and they are who they are.

No complaints within the letter of the law with the sending off but the application of the same law that was applied to Arsenal was inconsistent.

Spider66
Spider66 5pts

As soon as I saw who the referee was I knew we were on to a hiding for nowt not from arsenal but the ref I honestly thought we were capable of beating the arsenal until I saw the refs name

TonnekToon
TonnekToon 5pts

What is it with the footballing gods and Newcastle ? The ref was a bit too card "happy" today , and  as its been said, he set the tone on 3 minutes  with Sissoko and his yellow . I think all our bookings and the sending off weren't malicious , just clumsy , though Mitrovic's  sending off was coming at some point early this season , it was just a matter of time. Hope he learns from it . On the positive side , we seemed solid enough once again after a lot of sustained pressure at times , their winning goal a lucky deflected OG . They didn't let their heads drop , which was a good sign and if they can stay as solid in future games we should be ok .

John Rush
John Rush 5pts

Wonder if al would have thought the same if it happened to the "united" centre forward rather than mitrovic

1957
1957 5pts

Or when Al kicked the Leicester player in the head and should have been suspended, accidental I think he claimed at the time.

Spider66
Spider66 5pts

Al would have said that was proper football then. It has got to cissyfied now Rodney Marsh was spot on what he said about it being a no contact sport before long.

AndrewCowley1
AndrewCowley1 5pts

Wasn't a red,the ref obviously had it in his mind about mitrovic before the game began.ruined the game absolute joke

John Rush
John Rush 5pts

Agree he pulled him up in the first minute for an aerial challenge for which you would rightly be laughed at if you appealed for a foul on a sunday morning

1957
1957 5pts

My issue with the referee wouldn't be over the sending off, more his approach to yellow cards. NUFC 15 fouls, 6 cards, Arsenal 8 fouls, 1 card. Similar fouls didn't get equal treatment, Anita tugs someone back, yellow, Thauvin is blocked and pushed off the ball no card.

John Rush
John Rush 5pts

And tell me why is gio booked for waving an imaginary card but its ok for sanchez and giroud to demand one verbally

howaymebonnylads
howaymebonnylads 5pts

@John Rush exactly mate, every time they're rolling around demanding a card why did the ref not give one to them...spineless

The Adelphi
The Adelphi 5pts

I agree with Rodney Marsh for once. They may as well make football a non contact sport if that's a straight red