FABRICIO Coloccini says he understands Newcastle United fans’ anger – as they “deserve better” from their team.
Supporters turned on manager Alan Pardew and club owner Mike Ashley during last weekend’s win over Cardiff.
Several thousand fans also walked out of St James’s Park early in protest at Pardew’s managership and the direction of the club under Ashley.
Ninth-placed Newcastle take on Liverpool at Anfield in Sunday’s finale having already assured of a top-10 Premier League finish, Ashley’s pre-season objective.
But supporters – who saw their team challenge for Europe in the first half of the season – are angry at two years of under-investment and the manner in which the Magpies’ campaign has unravelled over the past few months.
And Coloccini insists he can understand their frustration as he experiences similar emotions following San Lorenzo in his native Argentina.
“We have had a lot of criticism during the month, but our target was to finish in the top 10,” Coloccini said.
“I can understand (the fans). I support my team San Lorenzo, and when they’re not doing well, I’m sad.
“You can lose games, but the way you lose is important.
“We lost many games 3-0 and 4-0. It’s tough for the fans. They deserve better.”
Second-placed Liverpool need Manchester City – at home to West Ham – to lose to have a chance of winning their first league title since 1990, having been held to a draw by Crystal Palace a dramatic night at Selhurst Park on Monday.
While the focus will be on their hosts – and events at the City of Manchester Stadium – Coloccini feels the Anfield game is also hugely important for Newcastle, who last won a league game at Anfield two decades ago.
Coloccini feels the Tynesiders are capable of upsetting the odds – and claiming all three points.
“It’s going to be important,” said Coloccini. “Liverpool are a top team, and they are fighting for the title.
“They’re playing for something, and we are playing for something as well. It’s going to be a nice game to play in.”