Arguably Newcastle’s worst defensive display of the season (against some pretty stiff opposition…) and Fabricio Coloccini thinks that it is a positive that there isn’t a game until 18 days later (2 March at Stoke).

The Newcastle Captain says everybody is ‘sad’ after losing 5-1 at Stamford Bridge and that the extended time period between matches, will allow the players to sort their heads out after ‘everybody felt a bit down’.

Admitting that Newcastle lost the match as early as the first ten minutes, Coloccini says that conceding ‘easy goals’ made the defeat even harder to take.

He says that a lot of things ‘need to improve’ and nowhere is this more the case than the centre of defence.

Steve McClaren thinks there is a chance Chancel Mbemba might be back for Stoke and if that is the case then it should surely be a toss of the coin as to whether Taylor or Coloccini makes way for him.

Both centre-backs were shocking against Chelsea and amongst other things, the lack of pace of the pair of them was frightening, with even Diego Costa giving Coloccini five yards head start and beating him to the ball in the lead up to Willian’s goal (Chelsea’s third).

Fabricio Coloccini talking to NUFC TV:

“We are very sad, to be fair we lost the game in the first ten minutes.

“We conceded easy goals and then it was too difficult to turn around the game. 

“A lot of things need to improve – I think the staff will know what to improve and now we have to look forward and wait for the next game.

“I think that we need to understand that they are not the same games when we play away – of course we need to take points  and to try to win away – but sometimes we have to take defence at away games.

“It’s a long time (until the next game) but I think it is going to be good for us, for our head as well, with this game everybody felt a bit down.

“It is going to be a good few weeks to put the head in different things in training and try to improve.”

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