Fabricio Coloccini says it was unacceptable what happened at West Ham on Monday night and Newcastle can’t go back to the level they were at for much of last season.
The Newcastle Captain describe clubs such as Watford and West Ham as being in ‘our league’ and ones the players should be taking points from.
On the evidence of the display at Upton Park, neutrals would think it was more a case of West Ham being ‘out of our league’.
Coloccini says that the team ‘can’t afford to have our heads down’, yet in an interview with fellow defender Massadio Haidara yesterday, he said that this was exactly what happened to the players when the Hammers scored their second goal.
Monday night’s game did bear many of the hallmarks of last season’s relegation struggles, as poor defending was combined with an almost total lack of ideas and goal threat at the other end of the pitch.
As Coloccini says, something has to change when Watford visit on Saturday and with this being marked down as one of the most winnable games of the season, anything but three points will leave the Newcastle Captain, the rest of the players and the management with the pressure ramped up ahead of the Chelsea and Manchester City games.
Fabricio Coloccini quotes given to the local press:
“We now have three home games and we cannot accept what happened at West Ham – we must try and get points and wins in the next few games.
“We see games against West Ham and Watford as teams in ‘our league’ who we should be taking points from so it’s disappointing, so we must try to avoid the same mistakes going forward.”
Can’t afford to have our heads down:
“For us, we cannot afford to have our heads down so we must look forward and get some points.
“We didn’t do what we’ve been doing in the first four games in the Premier League. I’m frustrated about that.”
No going back:
“We want to try to do the same things as we did in the first four games. We don’t want to go back to what was happening last season and we have to adjust this quickly and make sure it doesn’t happen again on Saturday against Watford. Last season we made mistakes without the ball and this is something we need to stop.
“We need to eliminate the mistakes and learn from it, it is more about us making sure we concentrate and think about football, nothing else.”