Alan Pardew has revealed that his captain Fabricio Coloccini was not fit and shouldn’t have played today against Aston Villa.

The manager though explaining how desperate he was to have him on the pitch for his ‘presence and calmness’.

I thought he had an excellent game but it was noticeable that when he was running he was having to play within himself and not overdo it.

This is what the Newcastle manager had to say about his captain after the final whistle;

coloccini was not fit“He wasn’t fit and I shouldn’t have played him but I played him because of his presence and calmness.

“Probably if you took him and Loic (Remy) away from the team today we wouldn’t have had anybody  who was calm on the ball.

“It is that calmness that can spread throughout the team.

“He will be fitter and more influential next week.”