Newcastle United Captain Fabricio Coloccini admitted that there are ‘so many things we need to improve on’, as Newcastle went down 1-0 in a really poor performance against a very limited West Brom.

Coloccini says ‘Hopefully we can put those things right over the next year’ but with United’s current position in the relegation zone, the next few matches could see Newcastle cut adrift with Aston Villa and Sunderland.

The last year of matches has seen only 30 points accumulated, 13 in 19 games under John Carver, then 17 points in 19 matches under Steve McClaren.

Whilst after the game the Head Coach blamed everybody but himself and his usual horrendous negative tactics, at least Coloccini admitted that the team didn’t play well.

The Captain also tellingly said that ‘you cannot defend for 95 minutes’, which is what seemingly McClaren is trying to do every week and snatch a goal on the counter-attack.

Coloccini also refused to blame the late change of goalkeeper, unlike McClaren who blamed Karl Darlow for letting in a soft goal.

Fabricio Coloccini talking to the official club website:

“We are all disappointed. It is similar to the Everton game, losing by a late goal from a cross.

“We didn’t play well – we had a couple of chances but we didn’t score and we have now lost two games in three days.

“We defended well for big parts of the game but you cannot defend for 95 minutes, the opposition are always going to have a chance that way.

“It has been a very tough year and there are so many things we need to improve on.

“Hopefully we can put those things right over the next year, improve on the mistakes we are making. We have to work hard to turn this situation around as soon as possible and we will do that. We’re going to work very hard to get out of the relegation zone.”

“When a player gets injured in the warm-up, or is sick like Robbie Elliot, and the team has to change, it is always difficult but we cannot say that was why we lost.

There is always a teammate who can come in and do the same work and today that was Karl Darlow, Karl is a very good goalkeeper, we trust him and have confidence in him. The result was not because of the change.”