FABRICIO Coloccini says Newcastle United must learn the lessons of their defeat to Hull City – or else face another relegation battle.
Saturday’s home loss to Steve Bruce’s side left captain Coloccini angry and frustrated.
Hull took advantage of sloppy defending to twice come from behind at St James’s Park and take all three points.
Coloccini felt the game was an opportunity for well-placed Newcastle, who had won back-to-back Premier League games.
After a bright start, Newcastle’s performance quickly unravelled.
“There were bad feelings – frustration, anger, and everything you’d expect,” Coloccini said.
“It’s difficult to speak about it because a lot of things happened on the pitch that I’m angry about.
“We had a great, great chance to take three more points at home against a newly-promoted team.
“It was a great opportunity. If we want to be serious about being in the top 10, or look to bigger things in the Premier League, we have to start to take the chances we have.
“If not, we’re going to have problems. We do not want to be like we were last season.
“We ended the season fighting against relegation, and we can’t have that again.
“So we have to look at our mistakes and keep going. When we have chances to beat teams like Hull, we have to take them.”
Hull were behind with just 11 minutes gone when Loic Remy, making his first home start for Newcastle in front of owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear, headed home from close range.
But the lead lasted just 15 minutes as the Magpies’ fragility at the back returned to haunt them and Robbie Brady levelled from Sone Aluko’s through-ball.
Remy restored the home side’s advantage a minute before the break after goalkeeper Allan McGregor could only parry Yohan Cabaye’s shot, but a criminally unmarked Ahmed Elmohamady headed home Brady’s 48th-minute free-kick to drag the visitors back into it.
However, it was Aluko who claimed the headlines when he spectacularly volleyed home substitute George Boyd’s cross, although Remy might have completed a hat-trick and snatched a point at the death, only to prod wide from close range.
The win was particularly sweet for Hull boss Steve Bruce, who on his last visit to St James’ Park as Sunderland manager in October ,2010, left on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline.
He said: “That was certainly the darkest Sunday afternoon I have had in football. It was the worst result I could probably ever think of.
“It’s taken a long time to come back, but we have come back and dusted ourselves down, and it’s always nice to win here.
“As you know, I’m a Geordie and it’s always nice to come back, especially if we can get a result.”
Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy (Tiote 86), Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye (Gouffran 62), Anita, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Cisse (Marveaux 73), Remy. Subs Not Used: Williamson, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett. Booked: Sissoko. Goals: Remy 10, 44.
Hull: McGregor, Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Rosenior, Quinn (Boyd 64), Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady (Meyler 74), Aluko, Graham (Sagbo 84). Subs Not Used: Bruce, Harper, Faye, Proschwitz. Booked: Huddlestone. Goals: Brady 26, Elmohamady 48, Aluko 76.
Att: 51,523 Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).