One of the problems Newcastle have had in recent seasons, is that we play well against the very top teams, but rarely take any points out of those games, and then we play much poorer opposition, and we don’t play anywhere near our best, and we fail to take points from those games too.
Jack Colback in action on Sunday
That’s a conundrum that Alan Pardew faces this season, and we must play at our best against the lesser teams in the league in order to maximize the points we get.
Jack Colback is fast making a name for himself at Newcastle, and the local lad was easily our best player on Sunday against Manchester City when he made his debut against one of the top teams – if not the top team in England at the moment.
And Colback is certainly down to earth, and while we played well on Sunday, Newcastle still didn’t get any points on the board, and Jack has talked about playing well against the lesser teams – like Aston Villa on Saturday for instance.
This is what Jack had to say today:
“You get nothing for a pat on the back in this league,” “‘There is no point upping our game against the better teams and then not performing against the so-called lesser sides, otherwise we will lose games.”
“We need to make sure we are winning games. But if we apply ourselves like we did (on Sunday), I’m sure we can get some good results. We’ve got to do that every week, regardless of who we play.”
“It was a controversial move from Sunderland, but I just want to come here, get my head down and play my football and do well for the team.”
“My debut feels bittersweet really. It was a great occasion for me personally to play at St James’.” “The atmosphere was brilliant. But we came away without any points, so it’s disappointing.”
If we are to play well in games then we will get most points if we put in those performances against all the teams who are not in the top six.
And with Jack’s excellent form and sensible remarks in his interviews, he could well become a future captain of Newcastle, and it’s about time we had a local lad as captain of the club.
If Jack keeps up the level he has shown in pre-season and on Sunday, then England manager Roy Hodgson may need to take a look at the Killingworth lad – he’s looked that good so far in a black and white shirt, although of course it’s still very early in the season.
We just hope we get those good consistent performance from Jack this season, and Newcastle will do very well in the league.
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