Newcastle utd’s Coloccini will have to wait to return

COMMITTED ... Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini.
COMMITTED ... Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini.

FABRICIO Coloccini has been told he’ll have to wait his chance at Newcastle United – just like any other player.

Captain Coloccini had been expected to return to the starting XI at White Hart Lane yesterday after recovering from a groin problem.

But United manager Alan Pardew kept faith with central defenders Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

And the pair – who had performed well in the club’s 2-0 win over Chelsea a week earlier – helped Newcastle claim another three points and another clean sheet, with United’s Loic Remy scoring the only goal of the game.

Trailing to Remy’s early strike, Tottenham Hotspur just couldn’t find a way past goalkeeper Tim Krul and his team-mates.

Asked if he had erred on the side of caution with Coloccini given that he’d only had a few days training, Pardew said: “The other two centre halves have done terrific.

“As a manager, you’ve got to reward players who do well.”

However, Coloccini will be hopeful of returning to the starting XI on November 23, when Norwich City visit St James’s Park.

While Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas conceded his team had started poorly, he felt Krul was ultimately the difference between the two sides on the day.

“Well, it was difficult to take,” said Villas-Boas.

“Obviously, we have to look at ourselves and recognise that our first half was very, very poor.

“That is the negative part of the game, and the positive part is that we have reacted so strongly. I think that the result is unfair given what we created, particularly in the second half.

“I think Tim Krul was the key to the game - he made the difference.

“Newcastle made a good start, and we made a poor start ourselves, so we’ve responded with a good second half, but that 45-minute advantage was probably the blow for us.

“Our disappointment comes from that, although I still think had one of those opportunities gone in we would have won the game.”