Coloccini left gutted despite wonder goal

Stunner ... Fabricio Coloccini celebrates his goal against Tottenham on Saturday.
Stunner ... Fabricio Coloccini celebrates his goal against Tottenham on Saturday.

BIRTHDAY boy Fabricio Coloccini labelled his stunning strike against Tottenham Hotspur the best of his career.

But the Newcastle United defender said the strike still didn’t make up for the disappointment of conceding an injury-time equaliser.

Coloccini gave his team the lead with a superb right-footed shot at St James’s Park after turning 29 on Saturday.

It was also Coloccini’s 100th appearance for United, but the Argentina international wasn’t in the mood to celebrate after the game, Aaron Lennon having claimed a point for the visitors with a goal in added time.

“I’m happy personally with my goal, but as I’ve said before, I want to win games,” said Coloccini.

“So I’m happy to score, but I’d prefer not to score and to win the game.

“Was it the best goal I’ve scored? Yeah, maybe. It was different, because usually I score with headers, or when the ball drops to me near the goal from set plays, so this was different because it was maybe more difficult.

“It was a corner, and I stayed up there for the second phase, and I was just lucky that the ball came to me.”

Coloccini netted earlier in the season against Wigan Athletic on Mother’s Day, the injury-time goal earning Newcastle a point.

“If you remember, the last time I scored was on Mother’s Day in Argentina,” added Coloccini. “Now I have scored on my birthday – maybe the next goal will come on my father’s birthday!

”I didn’t know it was my 100th appearance, but I’m very proud to have played 100 games for Newcastle. It is a great club and it is an honour.

“It’s a lot of appearances to make in two and a half years. I’m happy with that.”

Meanwhile, manager Alan Pardew also bemoaned United’s inability to hold on and take the three points, having seen his side concede in added time against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light six days earlier.

“I’ve used almost every squad member apart from Xisco, and he was unfortunate not to get a chance,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“It’s such a shame.

“We came up against a brilliant Spurs team, and you couldn’t say they were off their game.

“They were brilliant at times, and we should’ve won. We just got exuberant towards the end.

“It was different to last week when we got a little bit deep and were a little bit rash.

“This week we were charging around trying to get a second, maybe because we were at home.

“Somewhere in between the two lies the balance, and we’ve got to get it right.

“We defended brilliantly again, and the only time we got caught out without numbers, we conceded.”