Fabricio Coloccini absence costing Newcastle top spot?

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Coloccini - Being missed at the heart of the Newcastle United defence?

The questions are really mounting about Newcastle United and whether we’ll throw our promotion hopes out the window. It’s ridiculous to say we’re slipping up as this is our first defeat in 15 games in the league, albeit a big defeat. The pairing at the back yesterday of Mike Williamson and Fitz Hall were brilliant against Cardiff one Friday last, but just couldn’t keep out Rob Hulse and co. last night. Chris Hughton said that the penalty decision changed the game and he is certainly right because we were banging at the door as soon as Derby went ahead and for long periods before the penalty was awarded. Needless to say, we didn’t concede three goals from bad luck. Poor marking was on the menu last night too.

The question must be really raised, is Fabricio Coloccini being missed at the centre of defence? I must say new boy Mike Williamson has looked the part for Newcastle United so far and even Fitz Hall has shown signs of a sturdy centre back. However, Coloccini was a £10.3m signing from Deportivo two summers ago, and still has to prove himself at the top level.

It’s far too early to doubt us yet, but as you’d expect, the tabloids are having a field day and will do until we start winning again. Throughout the season there hasn’t been a huge amount of negativity towards Newcastle in the media, quite frankly because everything was going good. permanent manager, new signings and aloft the Coca Cola Championship table.

The fans have been happy with our response since relegation but the only thing that we are really questioning, is Chris Hughton’s away tactics. We seem to play a very different type of football when away from home, whether it’s the size of the pitches not allowing us to play the way we want to play or just the sheer pressure put on us when we visit other teams, I really don’t know. Every game now until the end of the season will be tough and we’re lucky to have availed of the January transfer window nicely, it could prove the decisive move. Finally too, Chris has created himself a selection crisis at the back, with a fair few to chose from now.

Coloccini’s return isn’t too far away but who’ll he’ll replace at the back beats me, especially when Steven Taylor makes his way back into the fray albeit a while away yet. It’s good to see we’ve competition for places in the team but we’ve also competition at the top of the table, tough one as well.

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icedog: ⏱ 10/02/2010

DOOCEY,ime the first one to say i whinnged about the tatics,do we now point finger at players,hopefully its just a blip,like n/f are now (lost last 2)just a pity we could not take addv,still think we will make it

icedog: ⏱ 10/02/2010

DOOCEY,ime the first one to say i whinnged about the tatics,do we now point finger at players,hopefully its just a blip,like n/f are now (lost last 2)just a pity we could not take addv,still think we will make it

Alex: ⏱ 10/02/2010

Well we do have a game in hand on WBA and even a draw would put us back on top of the table . For me automatic promotion is what matters and even if we finished 2nd i would see this season as a job well done . The fact that we are still ahead of Forest keeps my belief that we will get promotion intact .

Alex: ⏱ 10/02/2010

Well we do have a game in hand on WBA and even a draw would put us back on top of the table . For me automatic promotion is what matters and even if we finished 2nd i would see this season as a job well done . The fact that we are still ahead of Forest keeps my belief that we will get promotion intact .

icedog: ⏱ 10/02/2010

harper says dressing room is good now,it was not before,shock,not now hard to understand.o.martins in court a few weeks ago declared wages at 65000 a wk,guthrie in court today had to declare wages before fine,guess what 6000 a wk that would make team spirt,NOT

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 10/02/2010

I think its more missing Steven Taylor to be honest.

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 10/02/2010

I think its more missing Steven Taylor to be honest.

brod: ⏱ 11/02/2010

every team has an off day. home form will see the job done.forest not signing any players in january will cost them dear.still rather be 2nd with game in hand same points as top and i bet west brom wish they were same points in second with a game in hand.think by end of season we will be 8 points clear of wba who will finish in 2nd and forest will come third.

brod: ⏱ 11/02/2010

every team has an off day. home form will see the job done.forest not signing any players in january will cost them dear.still rather be 2nd with game in hand same points as top and i bet west brom wish they were same points in second with a game in hand.think by end of season we will be 8 points clear of wba who will finish in 2nd and forest will come third.

Whumpie: ⏱ 11/02/2010

I agree with all of the above. Taylor's spirit is more of a miss, and Colo's price is no indication of his ability or place in the team. Yes, I think he probably should go straight back in because he is a quality CB, but only CH sees them training and he'll make the right decision. Not sure I'm quite as confident as Brod on our position at the end of the season, but I think it's going to be far more interesting to watch than the season up to now. A lot of our away style has been down to a lack of attacking options, but CH and co have plugged that in the window. It may take a while to get the balance right, but we should now be able to play away games with the same defensive tightness but while still scoring at the other end. Such an optimist, but from what I've read it could all have gone very much the other way on Tuesday night. Blip.

Whumpie: ⏱ 11/02/2010

I agree with all of the above. Taylor's spirit is more of a miss, and Colo's price is no indication of his ability or place in the team. Yes, I think he probably should go straight back in because he is a quality CB, but only CH sees them training and he'll make the right decision. Not sure I'm quite as confident as Brod on our position at the end of the season, but I think it's going to be far more interesting to watch than the season up to now. A lot of our away style has been down to a lack of attacking options, but CH and co have plugged that in the window. It may take a while to get the balance right, but we should now be able to play away games with the same defensive tightness but while still scoring at the other end. Such an optimist, but from what I've read it could all have gone very much the other way on Tuesday night. Blip.