Coloccini - The New Bobby Moncur!

Last updated : 23 January 2011 By Footy Mad - Editor


Moncur won us the Fairs Cup back in June 1969 with two unforgettable performances against Ujpest Doza - in defence and in front of goal.

Alan Pardew: "If you have got a regular team that's winning every week and confident, you would have a little bit more 'je ne sais quoi' about you to see games out and be a bit more relaxed.

"Perhaps because we had conceded late last week, the answer was, 'Well, we got a bit deep last week, let's go and get the second', and of course, that cost us today.

"The balance is somewhere in the middle.

"Some senior players were disappointed last week, and even more so this week, but we will correct that, we will get that right.

"When you are a nailed-on, good team in the Premier League, that wouldn't have happened.

"We ain't that yet, we have still got to work towards that. But there were a lot of good signs today.

"Coloccini's contribution was superb.

"I thought he was the stand-out player in the game, personally. He was brilliant in the back four today.

"He made a tackle on Defoe in the first five minutes of the second half where he detached himself from the player he was marking and stopped a goal.

"Then he went up the other end and once he had chested it and brought it inside, he is so proficient technically, I fancied him to get a good hit, which he did.

"It was a great, great goal, I am so pleased for him. He is a really likeable character."