After Newcastle’s 1-0 win at Bournemouth, Fabricio Coloccini says that those inside the club know they are heading in the right direction and that results are now ‘starting to show that’.
The United Captain says a clean sheet and Newcastle taking their one chance on Saturday, means it was all ‘very positive’ for United.
Obviously it would have been a different story if Bournemouth had had any decent striker available and if Rob Elliot hadn’t played out of his skin.
As Steve McClaren has said repeatedly, he likes to ‘accentuate the positives’ and Coloccini joined in with that, saying the 3 points was ‘all that mattered’.
The last two weeks of course were all about the performance…
The reality of course is that playing like this, Newcastle would usually get hammered 9 times (or more) out of 10.
McClaren and his players have to use the positive result as a springboard to better things, both in terms of results and performance. The previous win against Norwich almost saw that carried over to the following game but a combination of terrible finishing and refereeing saw that derailed at Sunderland.
Of Newcastle do manage consecutive Premier League wins for the first time in over a year, then it will be a cracking result, lucky or otherwise, as Leicester come to St James Park in outstanding form and arguably the best two players in the league at this moment in time.
Whilst they are liable to concede, in Vardy and Mahrez the Foxes have two players who are absolutely flying and if Jamie Vardy scores he will equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in ten Premier League games in a row.
If Leicester get 20 shots at goal as Bournemouth did, it could be carnage.
“I’m really glad to see Robbie (Elliot) back and to play the game he played. He is a fantastic man and deserves this.
“Last week (v Stoke) he played with an injury and was strong and played for the team.
“He is always ready to play and puts the team first, so he deserves a performance like this.
“We need people like Robbie, with his strong character, in this dressing room. He never lets us down and when things are not going well he will not hide. He steps up, wants to play and wants to help the team.”
“The three points was all that mattered.
“It was a very important win for us. In the game, we didn’t play well and maybe didn’t deserve to win because they created a lot of situations, but this is football.
“We played really well against Sunderland and Stoke recently and could only get one point from those two games.
“We defended well (v Bournemouth), like a team, and kept a clean sheet. At the other end we took our chance, so it was very positive.
“This result gives us even more confidence and trust in the way we are going. We know we’re going in the right way and the results are starting to show that.”