The Manager Wants Us To Attack And Keep Pushing On


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.

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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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46 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Markaccus

    August 4, 2014

    Santon

    his twitter account. Nufc fans re tweeted him do we could all abuse him

    Markaccus

    August 4, 2014

    In, not on. Fcuking phone

    Markaccus

    August 4, 2014

    Our toon

    old steak face loves an old has-been reject. Honestly there must be more zimmers on the qpr changing rooms than a jewish phone book!

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #2

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Match/Report/ReservesReport/0,,10278~4052807,00.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

    Benny missed the penalty, but at least he’s playing… with the U21 at the moment. It’s up to him!

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #3

    soccer_sauce · 5s

    Birmingham City are in talks with Newcastle regarding a secondary loan deal (with view to a permanent) for Shane Ferguson

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Colback could be here a long time and his name will be on a lot of shirts. Just a feeling about him; he seems to fit.

    Whatever happens in the rest of the window I’m excited about this season. Good noises coming out of the management about attacking play, some brilliant recruitment that shows real ambition AND recognition of previous problems.

    I’m not yet convinced that Ashley is thinking of letting us go for Europe, but if he does then the hatchet-burying shovel could yet be brought out. Just need to get the loan shark off the shirt, Mike. 🙂

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  • nut meg

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #5

    A nice thought but I’ll wait & see.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Real Betis on Sunday, I thought it was Real Sociedad ?

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Pizzicato – can’t get that link.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Beermonkey

    surely they need JFK to broker the deal 😀

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  • mindshaft

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Haha can’t believe some people think it’s actually Bobby Zamora slagging toon off on twitter, it’s just some idiot fan who’s called himself @zamorascored
    Some people are gullible as ferook

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  • nut meg

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Spoof
    your right,it’s Sociedad.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Mindshaft

    dont spoil our fun!

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  • EbertNUFC

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #12

    So this is what we are looking at for a squad FOR CITY I reckon

    CABELLA–Chucky–Riviere
    SiemDJ
    Colback– –Tiote
    Haidara-collo-willo-janmaat

    The bench– Elliot mapou anita sissoko gouffy rolando Perez

    Sissoko should not be on the bench but that’s how it is when we have that squad.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Whumpie

    I’m not overly bothered what’s on the shirt as I am more concerned about what’s in the shirt, ambition, have we really show any, yes we have wheeled and dealed very well, but still we have had more coming in from sales than what has gone out, but like your good self this summer has reignited some hope in me, we have something to look forward too which we haven’t had for a while, another signing, preferably an established CB and then I would be very exited, but as we witnessed against Malaga our CB’s just aren’t good enough, Colo especially.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    First thing i usually look for on twatter is the little blue mark confirming a genuine account, but i REALLY wanted this to be the real zamora.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Haha, Colback ahead of Sissoko and Abeid? Are you mad?

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #16

    I knew there had to be a good reason for colback joining and this is it…peddling pardew bullshizz

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  • Spoof

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Ketsbaia

    Aarons has for me been the star of pre-season, but the chump of pre-season has got to have been Abeid, he has been bloody awful, how you can suggest that Abeid should be ahead of Colback is very baffling

    By the way what is happening to your hero Alderweireld, is he staying or is he going ?

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  • Spoof

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Our Toon

    behave young man, what is he supposed to say, we have a shit manager who believes that a 1-0 win is more beneficial that a 4-0 win, give the lad a chance ?

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Don’t see anything wrong with signing Lascelles and Darlow. Willo and Colo are both in their thirties now and Taylor has never been good enough.
    Darlow may be coming up to 24 but people seem to forget that keepers can play up till the ages of about 40-42. To get that many years service makes them so cheap. And Elliot although not poor is not 1st choice standard.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #20

    EbertNUFC

    Gouffran absolutely has to start.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Spoof

    That’s a bit disingenuous about Abeid, Abeid is normally accustomed to playing higher up the pitch but is currently asked to be a holding midfielder. His passing in preseason has been better than Colback’s…he’s also made more interceptions and more tackles.

    Colback has made more crosses (poor corners), more shots (missed an open goal) and he’s covered more ground (running around like a headless chicken)

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Spoof

    He doesn’t have to give it the chat of we are doing this and that when it’s clear to see that things haven’t changed. We were tired against Malaga but not against Schalke…can someone explain that to me?

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  • Spoof

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Shola

    I doubt that Gouffran will start, for me it will be Tiote, Sissoko, Colback, Cabella, Siem and either Riviere or Ferreyra, out of 8 midfield or striker positions I feel that he is now 8th choice, which is really good if you think about it, Gouffran as 8th choice does make you think that ther is competition for places, if Ben Arfa knuckles down he may be 9th choice, but realistically he will be 8th, unless we sign some more players, fingers crossed ?

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #24

    SOOOOOOOOO seeing as Janmaat has not played at all , Santon is injured which means playing someone out of position at full back, Arfa out of the squad and De Jong/Cabella not 100% fit yet what are everyones teams for the first games of the season ?!?!

    I would go for 451 or 433 :

    Krul
    Anita Rb
    Mbiwa CB
    Willo CB
    Haidara LB
    Sissoko RW
    Tiote DM
    Colback DM
    Gouffran LW
    De Jong no 10
    Riviere Striker

    Or 3 5 2

    Krul
    Anita RB
    Mbiwa CB
    Colo CB
    Willo CB
    Haidara LB
    Sissoko MF
    Tiote MF
    Colback MF
    Gouffran CF
    Riviere CF

    Either way right back is going to be a problem

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  • Spoof

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #25

    that should have been 6 places and not 8.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Abeid ran the show in the first part of pre season. He could’ve been better in the last 2 games, but I’ve seen him and he has potential. He must be kept. Alderweireld will go if a reasonable bid is put in. He is fast and versatile. He can also score from 30 yards etc.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Santon

    Janmaat is expected to play tomorrow and next weekend. Id think that would be enough for him to be available v citeh.

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  • pawl250

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #28

    I watch alot of football but never really bothered with the Championship other than the season Newcastle were in it.

    Not really sure what to think of 5-7m on two players from that league. The defender sounds promising, and we do need a back up keeper as Elliot is questionable.

    We have never really had a back up since Harper left. Alnwick still abit young I suspect.

    Still new signings are welcome if they are good.

    Still need a striker who can score goals. Not sure about Riviere or Ferreyra.

    Would welcome Grenier and a striker.

    With the intention of buying defenders in January to replace Colo RTaylor and STaylor

    Aarons feels like a new signing in pre season.

    Rodwell is injury prone. If fit he is a decent player but he never is fit.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Can’t wait for Santon and Cisse to return to full fitness. Santon is a great talent. That team is weak. We still need Alderweireld, Grenier and Remy to compete. Aarons excites me and reminds me a bit of Olivier Bernard.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Reading some of the comments, I can’t help thinking that some of you are getting carried away with the quality of the new additions. Aside from De jong, cabella and janmaat, the rest are promising rookies. It’s worth reiterating we’ve lost Cabaye, Debuchy and Remy.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Santon, Janmaat like Krul will be fine, they got to the semi’s and so they have had extra time off, but both will play against City, what is more important, burning them out with the aim of playing them in meaningless pre-season friendlies, or letting them recuperate from a long WC tournament.

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #32

    santon

    given a lot of citys first team are still away and are not goin to make the first match I would go 433

    and instead of goofy on ur list I would have cabella
    iwould get at city from the the start

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Even if we got Grenier and Remy, I’d be satisfied. We’d need Lascelles though. Coloccini and Mbiwa should be starting together.

    I don’t like Elliot. He hasn’t got a spring and gets beat easily. John Ruddy would’ve been a good coup. Young bloke.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #34

    B&B

    Completely agree with you mate, the hype around some players is ridiculous, this time last week people were comparing young Perez to young Torres/Suarez

    Janmaat will be touch and go for the first game hope he plays though

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #35

    I don’t think citeh will miss many of the lads that are away…Zabaleta will be be a big miss but they have Sagna and Richards

    Aguero is replaced by Jovetic, Negredo or/and Dzeko. They have a very good squad

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #36

    I would like Cabella in to the team but City are dirty I can see him in for rough treatment if he starts especially from Fernandinho and we dont want another Arfa /Nigel De Jong scenario where he gets injured from a dodgy tackle as he seems to be a bit light weight

    People always slate Pardew about his spat with Pellegrino last season(he did take it to far) but they forget the reason he went mental was the challenges that they were getting away with as good a football team they are they do like to bully teams as well and then hit the deck like they have been shot when it happens the other way around

    So it might be worth bringing him on later on when the game has opened up a little and maybe Fernandinho has been sent off !!! 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Graeme,
    Cheers for that I’ve just bought it for 72 pence with a bit of postage.
    beefman,
    Do you really think reading is just a ladies hobby, although it would explain a lot !

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  • IITianToon

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ll assume all our players are fit by the time of our 1st game. I am seeing some rather fantasy-filled starting XIs (no Colo seriously?). So I’ll try to think like Pardew (defensive team) and here is a realistic team against City:

    Krul
    Janmaat–Willo–Colo–Haidara
    Tiote–Colback
    Sissoko–SDJ–Gouffran
    Riviere
    Subs: Elliot, Mbiwa, Anita, Cabella, Aarons, Ayoze, Ferreyra
    No place for the likes of Abeid, Armstrong and Obertan.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Is Colback bandy-legged or does he just run funny? 😀 (looking at the picture)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Blackley,
    It’s that optomism that keeps us going, Overan was hailed as a great signing until he’d played 11 games.

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