However, Alan Pardew was really upbeat afterwards and let us just hope that his positive words are followed by action.
“He (Coloccini) was excellent today, of the centre-backs on the pitch he was most assured.
He gave us the calmness in the heat of battle and you need that.
We will speak to him this week and we will resolve that situation (staying/going).
We are pursuing three or four players and they all seem to be warming up a bit.
We need a bigger pool of players but coming here today was always going to be difficult.
We have repaid a little bit of the debt we had to our fans who made the trip to Brighton”.
I don’t think anybody watching that rubbish today will have felt repaid in any way but if the Coloccini situation can be resolved positively and a few of these ‘warmed up’ players can be ‘brought to the boil’ we might have something to take us forward again.
In today’s centre-back parade, you would have been shocked if Colo couldn’t look more assured than Williamson and ex-mackem dope Michael Turner, while Bassong had a game to forget as he found ways to get into trouble despite under little pressure.
However, if ‘resolving the situation’ equals the departure of Coloccini then god help us when we play a team who actually tries to attack us.
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