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;
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.