Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Coloccini Outlines Six-Point Strategy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Coloccini Outlines Six-Point Strategy

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

REFRESHED by another week without football, Fabricio Coloccini has told his Newcastle United team-mates they need six more points to stave off relegation, and the Argentinian is keen to bank them sooner rather than later. Breaking their drawing habit with consecutive defeats raised the spectre of demotion over St James' Park recently.

The sheer volume of teams between the Magpies and the bottom three should be reassuring, but having gone down once already with Newcastle, Coloccini is anxious not to give others any encour-agement when Wolverhampton Wanderers visit a week tomorrow.

"The table has become very close and after everything that happened at Stoke (where Newcastle lost 4-0), the Wolves game is a very important game for us now," said the centre-back.

"I think we need two more wins to make sure we are safe. Looking at the table, five or six more points will probably do it, so we still need two wins. There are plenty of games to get them from, but it would be a massive help if we could get one of those wins against Wolves."

While manager Alan Pardew was quick to use the R-word in the Britannia Stadium post-mortem, Coloccini cuts a relaxed figure. "It's normal for the supporters to get a little bit nervous," he reasoned. "But we as players just have to concentrate on doing our jobs right. "If we do not, maybe we will get nervous as well. But at the moment, we know we are capable of achieving our goal, which is to stay in the division. "It would be best if we could get the points we need quickly because that would calm everybody's nerves. "We started the season very well, but in the last couple of months we have struggled for consistency. We have been playing two games well and then two badly. Our only job is to make sure we keep ourselves safe. …

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