24 year-old Jack Colback has made a very solid start to his Newcastle career in this pre-season, and the Geordie lad who played 135 times with 5 goals for Sunderland, has had a lot of playing time in the center of midfield for Newcastle this summer.
Jack Colback – has looked very solid for Newcastle
It was a long long journey down under to play in New Zealand, and tragically two dedicated Newcastle supporters John Adler and Liam Sweeney lost their lives in the MH17 air disaster, and that completely overshadowed the trip to New Zealand.
Colback explains that the lads have played in the memory of those two dedicated Newcastle fans:
“It was a long way, but we got two good results while we were there.¨ ¨It was more about the tragic news about the two fans – it became a tribute to them,”
“We had to try and be professional and get our work done, and we managed to get the results and came back and followed that up with a good win against Sheffield Wednesday.¨
“One thing the manager has said is that he wants us to be hurting teams and going on the attack.¨ ¨ If we score a couple of goals then we won’t sit back and we’ll aim to push up on that.¨
¨The new signings have got goals as well, which is good for them and the confidence in the team is good.” “It was unusual for most of us – not many of us had encountered that before,”
“The Malaga game was a tough game, they were very good and I think maybe we were a bit tired coming into that game.¨ “But we managed to beat Schalke 3-1 and we performed well there.¨
¨Friendlies are more about fitness and stuff but it’s good to get positive results, and we’ll be looking to do that again in the last two fixtures.”
It’s good that Alan Pardew has said that – if we get ahead keep trying to score goals, which most good teams do as a matter of course – Liverpool being a good example of that last season.
Newcastle did not play well against Malaga on Saturday, and we were well beaten 3-1, but the Spanish club was easily the best of the four clubs competing in the Schalke Cup, and with Newcastle’s excellent 3-1 win over hosts Schalke yesterday, we still finished in second place.
Next up in this hectic pre-season is Huddersfield Town tomorrow night at the John Smith’s Stadium, with a 7:45 pm kick off, and then our final game of the pre-season is next Sunday at St. James’ Park against Real Sociadad – with a 1:30 pm kick off.
Two more wins and at least two more players through the door, should have Newcastle fans in good fettle, when we take on the reigning Premier league Champions Manchester City a week on Sunday at home.
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