Fabricio Coloccini thinks that it is all in the head as to why/how Newcastle fought back against Tottenham.
The Newcastle Captain admits that the team have ‘lost their heads’ when conceding goals in the past but that the refusal to collapse at White Hart Lane is a sign of better things hopefully to come.
Recent weeks have seen numerous reports where Steve McClaren and his players have been keen to mention how many chats there have been between the players and how this is helping them focus more and be a cohesive unit, with more character.
The intimation from these comments must be that this ‘talking’ has been severely lacking in the past and is one of the major factors in both the tendency to regular collapse when under pressure, as well as the fact that Newcastle’s defence has been arguably the worst in the Premier League for a number of years.
It is hard to get away from the fact that surely Fabricio Coloccini must be at the heart of all of these shortcomings.
As both Captain and the most experienced defender, you have to first look at his contribution in recent seasons.
We are always told that Coloccini is one of those Captains who won’t be seen shouting his head off but that is what Newcastle seem to have been especially lacking in recent times, the number of times in the last few years when one goal conceded quickly become three or four…or worse, is embarrassing.
This season no Premier League club has conceded more goals than Newcastle and last season only QPR had a worse goals against column.
The Liverpool and Tottenham results have given everybody at the club a platform/starting point to move on from, hopefully Coloccini and the team will grasp the opportunity with both hands.
Fabricio Coloccini asked is this the ‘real’ Newcastle we have seen in the last two matches:
“Of course, but we need to stay at this same level and try to play at our best (this Saturday) like we did against Liverpool and Spurs.
“We have to focus and find more wins, especially over this busy Christmas period, we are going to stay with our feet on the floor, keep working.
“We know Aston Villa have to fight to get out of the relegation zone soon and we want to keep going in this way as well, to move away from there and further up the table.”
“I think (came back against Spurs) because we changed our mentality, normally when we are losing the games we have lost our heads and now I think we stay in the game and found a goal.
“Then we trusted in ourselves that we could win the game and got ourselves the three points.
“We spoke about the first goal (at half-time) and how things could be changed – but I think Tottenham played well in the first-half…we didn’t have much to do in the first-half but we conceded from a set-play.
“I think that is why when we came into the changing room we knew that we could score (in the second-half), we said that and then we did it – then we went for the three points.
“I think the results always help us, at the moment we have been working very hard every week and we couldn’t get the result before, but now they are coming and we’re very happy about that.”