FABRICIO Coloccini thanked Newcastle United’s fans for their backing on a rollercoaster night – then pledged to right the wrongs of Ewood Park when the club resumes its Premier League campaign.
Blackburn Rovers’s Gael Givet’s dramatic 120th-minute goal sent Newcastle out of the Carling Cup, Alan Pardew’s previously unbeaten side losing 4-3.
After the game captain Coloccini, pictured right, admitted Newcastle had not been good enough in a first-half spent largely on the back foot.
“We’re not happy,” Coloccini told Sportmail.
“We didn’t play well in the first half – we didn’t do what we knew we had to do on the pitch. I think we gave them that 45 minutes.
“We showed our character. If we show that character every game, we’ll be okay. We showed our character to come back, but we didn’t play like we normally do.”
Coloccini – who had scored United’s winner in the last minute of extra time against Nottingham Forest in the previous round – had Newcastle’s last chance in the final few seconds, the 29-year-old agonisingly heading over Mark Bunn’s goal.
“Against Nottingham Forest, we had luck, but this time the luck was with them – that’s football,” he added.
“I was unlucky – I had a chance and I missed. Maybe next time.”
United were backed by about 4,000 supporters at Ewood Park, and Coloccini is determined the club’s travelling fans have a happier trip to the Britannia Stadium, where they face Stoke City on Monday night.
“Everyone knows our supporters – they’re always with us,” he added. “That’s good, and we have to say thank you for coming and supporting us.”
We hope to take three points for them at Stoke.
“We have to look forward, and look to take three points from Monday’s game. That’s all we can do. It’s still positive. We have to look forward.”
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