Fabricio Coloccini says that might still be a long way to go (18 games) but Newcastle need to ‘wake up’ now!
No doubt many of you will be thinking/shouting that the time to wake up was for the start of the season but we are where we are.
Coloccini says it is ‘ok to play well’ but that it is points that are needed and playing well isn’t enough now.
Whilst the team undoubtedly played a lot better at Arsenal, Coloccini along with other players and Steve McClaren have been saying this for the previous few matches as well, when it wasn’t really the case.
The games against Everton, Villa and West Brom wasn’t a case of playing well and losing, it was a case of being poor to very average and creating very few chances.
Coloccini also says that conceding lots of goals is the responsibility of the whole team, just as scoring goals is too.
Sadly, certainly the conceding of goals has been a problem for the last five or so years and the signing of Chancel Mbemba was never going to solve that issue on its own.
Only QPR conceded more last season and this time there are only the two clubs below Newcastle who have conceded more than United’s 35 goals.
Coloccini talks of taking responsibility and he is somebody who needs to do so much more, yet again he was absent on Saturday (as usual) when it came to facing the cameras after the latest defeat.
He needs to come forward both on and off the pitch and do so much more, as do of course the rest of his team-mates.
“There is still a long way to go but we have to wake up – not in a few weeks, now.
“That is why I say it is OK to play well but we need to get points, playing well is no longer enough.
“We need wins and draws and we have to climb the table, when you concede a lot of goals it is not just the defence, it is the whole team.
“The same at the other end, if we are not scoring goals it is because something is wrong too – not just the attackers, it is all of the team.
“When we have a bad game we all take responsibility and everybody has to be together, we had a good game but we have lost from a set-play – we played well but we need more than that now.”