Jack Colback had another outstanding game for Newcastle against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, and it’s recognized that the Blues are probably the best team in Europe at the moment, and to think the 25 year-old is a Geordie and we got him on a free transfer from Sunderland – Jack could become one of Newcastle’s best ever signings.
Jack Colback challenges Eden Hazard on Saturday
The lad from Killingworth has fitted in superbly at Newcastle, and he gives 100% in every game, and to tell the truth he’s a much better player than the one we thought we were getting from the Black Cats.
The play after 78 minutes, when he dispossessed Eden Hazard in midfield and then put a defense splitting pass through to Moussa Sissoko, which led to Newcastle and Papiss Cisse’s second goal – was something to see.
This is what Jack has said today:
“Obviously, I just managed to win the ball off Hazard. I was trying to tackle him early as I didn’t fancy running back with him. I was on my last legs.”
“I managed to play Moussa in, and his ball deflected kindly for Papiss Cisse. When it’s going for you, it goes for you.”
“The goal at West Ham went against us, but we got the luck and I think we showed great character to win after not doing so for a couple of games.”
“We wanted to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.” “After the game the boss told us that we could have played better and he was probably spot-on with that in terms of us keeping the ball because we were a bit loose at times.”
“You can’t give away the ball to Chelsea because if you do then you’ll end up defending for a long time.” “You’re testing yourself against the best in the league. It’s always a great game, especially at home.”
“The fans were up for it. They carried us over the line in the second half.” “It was a great day for the club and the team to get a win against the best team in the league.
“We were solid, which has been the basis for our good form. We were solid at the back, and defended as a unit. We showed again we’ve got quality going forward.”
“I think we’ve shown that we’ve not really feared anyone. We came out and gave them the respect they deserve, but not too much respect.”
“If you give them too much respect, they’ll pass it round and brush you away like they have done to many sides.” “We got amongst them, tackled and competed.” “We showed our quality going forward as well.”
“That’s what this league is all about and what makes it such a good league. No game is predictable and you never know what is going to happen.
“We showed on Saturday we can match it with the best. We go to Arsenal with confidence and they are a similar team to Chelsea in the way they play.
“We have just got to settle down like we did against Chelsea and we can be dangerous.”
We hope England manager Roy Hodgson saw the game, because Jack is pushing to get back into the England squad, because when you can be one of the best players on the pitch with so many great Chelsea players on view – you are doing something right.
But it doesn’t get any easier for Newcastle – as we have the following five-day schedule for the rest of this year:
December schedule Sat 13 17:30 A Arsenal Wed 17 19:45 A Tottenham - Capital One Cup Sun 21 13:30 H Sunderland Fri 26 15:00 A Manchester United Sun 28 16:15 H Everton
Jack has played 16 times for Newcastle this season, and the 25 year-old has only missed one league game and one Capital One Cup game.
Moussa Sissoko is probably the one to challenge Jack for Player of the Season, although he will again be missing at Arsenal on Saturday, after picking up his 5th yellow card on Saturday in the second half.
Another Geordie lad, Paul Dummett, is also playing great for us over this very good run – and he has improved so much that he could also be challenging for Player of the Season come next May.
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