It is easy to forget, for some, just how good Fabricio Coloccini was last season – On Sunday we were all reminded what a cracking player he is.

As well as his playing qualities there is no doubt he also helps those around him as well, just look at what he helped get out of Mike Williamson yesterday.

Maybe the goal would have gone in regardless, flukes do happen, but with the Captain still on the pitch organising those around him I think there’s a decent chance we’d be waking up with a hangover and three points, not just one.

Alan Pardew wasn’t holding anything back after the match;

“Maybe if Coloccini had stayed on, he would have seen that out, he was absolutely phenomenal today. 

If you want an example of a centre-half playing; where you have got to head it, kick it, cover people, get in the right position and then have the calmness to platy that was your example.

That was like watching Bobby Moore today, he was terrific.

What a performance, one of the best he has given for me, for sure”.

Our man of the match vote after the ninety minutes was a no contest, thousands of you made the effort and Coloccini picked up 84% of the votes cast with Cabaye on 8% a very distant second.

The fact that our captain made the PFA Team Of The Year in company with Van Persie, Hart, Kompany, Bale, Toure and Rooney says it all.

If Coloccini can stay fit then I see our defence remembering a lot of the good habits they got into last season.

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  • Tone Army

    Captain fantastic, he was immense in defence & you could see the confidence exuding to the rest of the team, we have missed him & he showed us why, cool headed in a red hot atmosphere, some of the passing out of defence was sheer class, flashes of watching a Brazil or Barca team pass it about.
    Good to see Willo & Perch step up again, & also nice to hear Perchinio get the recognition from the fans too, maybe they might get moved from the overacheivers bracket and placed into the valuable squad member bracket instead.

  • Sharpie

    I thought Williamson had one of his best games for us yesterday, whether his selection was intended to deal with Sunderland’s aerial threat or as a rejoinder to Steven “Voice of the Geordie Nation” Taylor’s ill-timed comments, it was entirely justified as, particularly in the first half he looked more comfortable bringing the ball out of defence than he has and Sunderland got nothing on the floor in and around the box. Colo was just imperious, his reading of the game is fantastic and makes up for a slight lack of pace – he’ll be playing for us for years, you watch someone like Rio Ferdinand whose pace is on the wane (so to speak) whereas our very own Buenos Aires Beckenbauer is composed and plays the ball out beautifully. The defence held a very good line throughout, which is not surprising as I understand it that all the other defenders take their line from Colo.
    Big shout out to Danny Simpson as well, not one of my favourite players but worked his socks off yesterday.

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