Coloccini calls on Newcastle United supporters to back team

Fabricio Coloccini

The Newcastle United captain has urged Magpies fans to get behind the team ahead of the Toon’s meeting with Hull City at St James’ Park.

Fabricio Coloccini has pleaded with Newcastle supporters to back the team when they meet Hull City this Saturday in a game already being described as ‘must win’ in some quarters.

The Tigers have won on each of their previous three visits to St James’ Park and head into Saturday’s game in good form having picked up a good point in a 2-2 draw with West Ham on Monday.

Under pressure from unhappy fans, Newcastle have now moved to release Coloccini’s programme notes early, with the Argentine urging fans to show their support.

"We are football fans too, so we understand that things can get frustrating. But please, support the team for 90 minutes inside the stadium," he said, in quotes carried by the Chronicle.

"We need your support. We have a lot of new players and a young squad.

"They need your backing, a push from you and a positive atmosphere to get the best out of them.

"Hopefully, you can cheer us on to three points and that will give our season a real boost."

The Toon will be up against Abel Hernandez – Hull’s new £9 million signing who hit the ground running with a goal on his debut against the Hammers.

A Uruguay international, Hernandez previously spoke of one day playing for the Magpies – prior to completing his Hull switch. But with no deal forthcoming from the club, the South American could be about to hit the Toon where it hurts.

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