FABRICIO Coloccini’s still focused on Premier League survival.
But the defender’s confident Newcastle United quickly achieve their No.1 objective – and then readjust their ambitions.
Coloccini and his team-mates were held to a 1-1 draw by Bolton Wanderers at St James’s Park on Saturday.
While Alan Pardew’s side had been looking for three points, there were positives to take from the game, not least because Newcastle played for 35 minutes with 10 men after Ryan Taylor’s dismissal.
And United go into Saturday’s home game against Everton with 36 points, and needing a couple more wins to all-but-guarantee another season of top-flight football.
If those points can be taken quickly, Coloccini doesn’t see why they can’t push challenge for a top seven or eight place.
“That drives us on,” Coloccini said.
“We still feel we can climb the table, but we’re only thinking of getting to 42 or 43 points, no matter what position we’re in. I think that’s our objective.
“Then when we are on 42 or 43 points, we can think of bigger and better things.
“For now, we must focus on our survival.”
Referee Chris Foy – who had waved away a couple of penalty appeals from United – was booed off the pitch at the final whistle.
However, Coloccini refused to criticise the official, who Pardew said after the game had “antagonised” him.
“It’s difficult for referees,” said the defender. “Afterwards, we can watch TV and say it wrong or right, but they have to make those decisions at the time.
“It is hard for them. It is easy for us to say it was a big mistake, and we have to understand them as well.”