Newcastle fans rave about Fabricio Coloccini's man-of-the-match performance on Twitter

The Newcastle United captain's display against Aston Villa was the polar opposite of last week.

Last weekend, Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini seemed like public enemy number one on Twitter.

Many backed their captain, while some were disappointed with his performance against Manchester City as they felt he is usually a role model.

As Newcastle were thrashed 5-0 by the Premier League champions, though, many supporters took the opportunity to slam Coloccini on social media, criticising his general ability - or lack thereof.

A week later, however, and it is a completely different story. That doesn't suggest Newcastle fans are fickle - but it does represent how different the 33-year-old looked against Aston Villa.

As the Magpies beat Tim Sherwood's Villa side 1-0 at St James' Park, Coloccini was many supporters' man of the match, making vital interceptions, tackles and clearances.

Where the Argentine struggled desperately versus Manchester City, he absolutely excelled against Aston Villa.

Another positive for Newcastle, then, on a day when John Carver earned only his second win as manager of the Tyneside outfit, while Jonas Gutierrez also returned to the substitutes' bench for the first time since receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

The Magpies know they will have to be much better against tougher opposition, however, as a poor Aston Villa side are no yardstick to measure performances against. With Coloccini in such form, though, the end of Newcastle's season will certainly look much brighter. Here's how fans saw his display on Saturday... 

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