Newcastle crowd have ‘stuck with us’ claims Fabricio Coloccini

St James Park

The Newcastle fans backed their team to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

The Magpies became the first side to defeat Chelsea this season, with a brace from Papiss Cisse gifting the Toon a two goal lead.

Despite losing second choice goalkeeper Rob Elliot at half-time, resulting in 21-year-old Jak Alnwick making his Premier League debut against the previously unbeaten league leaders, the Magpies did enough to claim the three points - conceding just one goal in the closing stages of the game.

The win moved the Tyneside club into seventh place, just three points off the top four, and joint with Arsenal in the table. With the Gunners hosting Newcastle next weekend, manager Alan Pardew will be keen to see his side capitalise on their good form by clinching victory at the Emirates, creating clear space between themselves and other contenders for European qualification.

However, the game will be played away from home, losing a key part of the Magpies’ success. The St James’ Park crowd have been vital in keeping the impressive run going, and, despite some early season complaints directed towards Pardew - and ongoing complaints at owner Mike Ashley - the Toon faithful have backed their side since the opening weekend of the campaign.

Having backed their side, the fans were rewarded with the incredible run of six straight victories, but the loudest cheers were found this weekend, as the game with the Blues came to a close. After enduring the tough start to the season, both crowd and players are feeding off one another's energy, and club captain Fabricio Coloccini told the Chronicle that they deserve much praise.

When asked if the St James’ Park atmosphere was important to the victory over the West Londoners, Coloccini answered: “Yes it was.

“The crowd have stuck with us. They have been with us through the bad times. We have to say thank you for that.

“They are always behind us during bad times though. Now there are some good times for them.”

Despite playing Arsenal away from home, the travelling support will undoubtedly back their team with all their might, and that could be the catalyst that sees the Magpies claim another impressive three-point haul.

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