There was a lot of positive things that Alan Pardew will take away from the display yesterday against Manchester City, which we again lost 2-0 – with Manchester City scoring a late goal, after Newcastle had thrown caution to the wind in those final 30 minutes and and were going after the equalizer.
Jack Colback in action yesterday
One of those positives was the performance of Jack Colback on his Newcastle competitive debut, and the lad from Killingworth hardly put a foot wrong, and hardly ever gave the ball away – and this lad is a lot better than we thought he was, when he signed for us earlier in the summer.
This is what Jack said immediately after the game, when asked about the Newcastle fans support of him:
“I could have asked for any more. They have been fantastic.” “Obviously it was a controversial move but I just want to come here, get my head down and play my football – and hopefully do well for the team.”
“It was bitter-sweet really. It was good to play in the first game at St James’, it was brilliant.” “The atmosphere was brilliant but we are disappointed to come away with the defeat.”
“They have world-class players, and the movement around the ball is brilliant.” “It is difficult to get tight to them sometimes.”
“They showed that with two bits of quality for the two goals.” “We’re getting there. A lot of the signings were made quite early so we had the majority of pre-season to get it together. So that’s helped.”
“We looked good at times out there. We looked strong and fit and we won’t come up against teams like City every week. We have to be positive.”
Our next two league games are a lot easier than City, and we are at Aston Villa next Saturday, then a week later we play Crystal Palace at home, and we have to start taking points from both those games.
But Newcastle looked a well organized side most of the time yesterday, and the lads should get (a lot) better as they get more games together.
Jack Colback is starting to look like a fantastic acquisition for us.
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