After being awarded an extended contract and Steve McClaren confirming him as Newcastle Captain for the new season, a lot of responsibility rested on the shoulders of Fabricio Coloccini.

Against Southampton the Newcastle defence looked as bad as last season despite Chancel Mbemba’s best efforts, with Coloccini and Haidara picked out by fans as the weakest links.

On Saturday it was more of the same, with Coloccini personally responsible for the second goal, allowing 5ft 9 winger Andre Ayew to easily get above him and head home (see the goal HERE).

Despite this, Coloccini claims that ‘we couldn’t do more than we did’ once the team went down to 10 men.

The Captain says that we all have to stay positive and that the players ‘are going to keep trying hard’.

Not the most inspirational words from the Argentine international and about as uplifting as his presence seems to ‘inspire’ on the pitch.

Fabricio Coloccini talking to the Chronicle:

“We are going to keep trying hard for them and we will try to bring some points.

“It was very difficult for the fans as they made a long trip but we thank them again for coming to support us. We are going to need them during the season.”

Stay positive:

“Very tough, we couldn’t do more than we did, we tried and our effort was OK but with 10 men it is very difficult.”

“Montero is a very good player, he is top class but it wasn’t just him, Shelvey played very well and Swansea overall moved the ball very quickly and very well – we need to think about the next game and stay positive.”