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Good Team Effort But Worried By Fabricio Coloccini’s Continued Presence

7 years ago

Despite the familiar scoreline against moneybags Manchester City, I thought that the team showed encouraging signs, particularly in the second half.

The first goal was again down to Coloccini being dragged out of position, which was a familiar tale in the latter part of last season, and I worry about his continued presence.

Williamson alongside him was immense and never missed a header throughout the game.

Our new players show promise and I was particularly impressed with Colback who is an unfussy player, who does not always catch the eye, but works hard and seldom gives the ball away.

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We were wayward in the last third of the pitch and did not get the breaks in the box on many occasions.

However, when Sissoko blazed over from twelve yards in the last ten minutes then the writing was on the wall for a City breakaway goal, although they did benefit from the luck of the bounce that evaded us throughout the game.

I continue to be mystified at the persistence with Obertan, who again came on and ran around to no real effect, making no impression as usual on events going on around him.

Like many others I am often frustrated by Alan Pardew’s reading of the game, when he seems to have been watching a different match whilst describing events in his post-match interview.

However, on this occasion I felt that his comment that we could have gone on to win the game had we equalised was a fair one, as we had the momentum for the last twenty minutes.

Overall quite a lot to be optimistic about with De Jong and Tiote still waiting in the wings.


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