After yet another defeat, this time to Watford, Fabricio Coloccini has come out with the usual patter about Newcastle suffering from missed chances.
This is obviously true to a certain extent but the reality is that against Watford, Newcastle were yet again second best in every department.
Even Steve McClaren stated that there wasn’t the necessary quality in either defence or attack – which appeared to be a statement aimed directly at Mike Ashley, in terms of the need for further signings.
The Newcastle Captain says that if the team are ‘constantly winning one and then losing one’, it won’t be enough to keep Newcastle up.
Firstly, winning every other match WOULD keep Newcastle up as that equals 42 points or more at the end of the season.
Secondly, with five wins and 12 defeats, this season has been a case of win one and lose two or three, not losing one winning one….in other words nailed on relegation struggle.
However, looking for reasons for such poor form, Coloccini comes out with an astonishing admission.
The United Captain admitting that he and the rest of the players lose more 50/50 tackles than they win, something which is surely unforgivable – especially when you have been fighting relegation all season and should at the very least, be giving it maximum effort, even when things don’t come off.
“Maybe we are too nice…it is true that we need to win more tackles. If you look at all the 50/50s at the moment, maybe we are losing more than the opposite side and that is not good enough.
“Sometimes, in our team, that can make the difference. We have great football players with the ball, but we need the ball – and to get the ball we need to be winning that tackle.
“We are missing chances and conceding too many chances to the teams we are playing against. That is something we have to do better.”
“If we are constantly winning one and then losing one, that is not going to be good enough.
“We said right from the beginning of the season that we need to be strong at home and we need to be taking points away. That is the important thing…don’t lose the games.
“It doesn’t always matter if you win but you have to be taking points and we are not doing that enough at the moment. Even if it’s just a draw away from home, it is better than losing like we are just now.”