Captain Coloccini: Newcastle players are all behind boss Carver

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FABRICIO Coloccini says Newcastle’s players are united behind John Carver – and looking to better last season’s 10th-placed finish.

Coloccini led the team to a 3-0 win over Hull City last weekend, a first win under Carver, whose side sit 11th in the table.

And captain Coloccini is looking for the Tynesiders to claim another three points on Sunday, when Stoke City visit St James’s Park (2.05pm kick-off).

“I tell you, we trust in the staff that we have now,” Coloccini said. “We are with them – we are going to push all together. Everyone is happy now.”

The long-serving 33-year-old – who has played under seven managers in his six and a half years at St James’s Park – feels the work Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone are doing on the training pitch was evident against Hull.

“When he took over, it was not the best situation for us,” said Coloccini, appointed skippers by Carver’s predecessor Alan Pardew.

“We were losing, but now it is different. We have got a result. We are working very hard during the week – about tactics and shape – and I think we showed that on the pitch in the second half against Hull.

“We took advantage of the space they left, when we counter-attacked.

“We know him and the staff. We have confidence in them, and it’s important that the players have confidence. We are going to work together.”

Carver will have Siem de Jong available for Sunday’s game. De Jong, sidelined since early September, came through an Under-21 game this week with no problems.