Newcastle Star – We Want To Get Back To Winning Ways

The game at Hull City a week on Saturday is turning out to be a very important game for Newcastle, and we have still to register our first win in 2015.

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Jack Colback – after scoring against Everton – our last win

The squad is in Dubai at the moment and will return on Thursday,  and John Carver will have a full two weeks to get his team ready to play Hull – who are third bottom of the league and it’s a fixture we won 3-1 last season, although Alan Pardew was suspended for seven matches for head-butting Davide Meyler. 🙁

The news coming from Dubai is the lads were put through a stiff training session yesterday, with rain initially – but then things turned more normal and the sun came out.

Jack Colback has been a big success for Newcastle United since he signed for us as a free agent from Sunderland in the summer, and he has spoken on the Newcastle United web-site today:

“We always have a tough session on a Tuesday and we trained hard here, then we’ll be in the gym on the afternoon.”  “It’s hard work but the players knew it would be and it was a good session.”

“Obviously, it’s warmer than it is back home but we had a good session and it was nice to get that under our belt.” “I think it’ll help us when we come back. Training in warmer weather is like pre-season – it’s always more difficult – so when we come back it should feel a bit easier when we’re training.”

“We do gym work and everyone’s got their own individual stuff that they do. We do it as a group and then people do it on their own as well if they want to do a bit extra.”

“The gym work will be quite heavy today – we’ll do a lot of leg weights and stuff, and that’s important in today’s game because you’ve got to be quick and powerful.”

“We’re training like we would be back home with the focus on Hull. It’s going to be a big game for us, one that we need to try and win. We want to get back to winning ways and set up the rest of the season on a positive note.”

“Once you get Christmas out of the way, the games go back to one a week and when you miss a Saturday, it feels like a long two weeks without playing.”

“We want to be in the cup still – we wish we were playing this weekend – but that wasn’t to be so you’ve got to try and make the most of it and make the most of the two weeks by preparing well for the Hull game.”

Jack is very down to earth, and seems to be adding some goals to his game and he’s scored two goals recently, in successive games against Burnley and Everton, and he’s made 24 appearances for his home town club.

While at Sunderland he scored 5 goals in a total of 135 appearances, and if he can be successful in adding  goals to his game he will be a better player because of it – Jack’s certainly got a great left foot.

The 24 year-old Killingworth lad is turning out to be one of our best signings in a long time – and he’s not only been good but he’s also been very consistent.

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25 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Is the consensus the MA treats NUFC as a sandwich board that occasionally gets blown over by a strong gust of wind?

    He may have secured commercial contracts that he has to maintain and can not guarantee if he sold up, thereby incurring compensation. But he fails to realise that enforced austerity has naturally made supporters unhappy with him, desiring a shift in the policy of minimising spending and maximising short term/paltry returns. MA probably justifies his actions because of ungrateful supporters rather than seeing the prospective money-well that could be released with further investment and a more credible relationship with supporters.

  • dantoon85

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

  • 70TWO

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I want to be critical about the amount of time and qualifying how the trip will positively effect the next match being more than a week away, but I on reflection I can’t be bothered and am otherwise at a loss to find a positive comment. I hope Colback is applying plenty of the Factor 50 and all that hard weight training doesn’t go to his belly.

  • mindshaft

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    People who think some benevolent billionaire is hanging round waiting to pay 200 million for nufc must be smoking crack.
    At best it’ll be some consortium who will be looking to load the club with as much debt as possible ( interest payable) and take as much profit as possible

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5


    I’ll take your word for it then 😀


    Is my new found fame making you act bitter like your namesake. (that was a joke, a play on your name just incase you misconstrued it to be anything else as seems to happen quite a bit) 😀

    The truth hurts. I’ve got a feeling it’d be best served ice cold. (again another play on the lemon angle) it’s a shame when I have to put in (brackets) an explanation to a joke/word play because it takes away the erm..moment but a necessity as we wouldn’t want you disappearing again would we. 😉

    Poor ol bellendfast was inconsolable last time you left lol. There were posters n everything.

    I’m here all week folks.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #6

    The waffle section in the match report on is quite sad really.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    72 – One bitten, twice shy – he tried cosying up to the fans – however as soon as spoiled baby Keegan spat the dummy out – the Toon Army showed its nasty side

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #8

    AC…it’s probably pointless just to ignore you and your brackets…well you probably wouldn’t get the hint! …or will you 😉

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #9


    im sorry for jumping half way into this

    but you say P45 was average right, but I cannot get my head around that.

    average to me would imply that you have an average set of players and your doing an average job with them.

    now im not saying we are a top 4 team, but I do think we have a squad that is top 8 and you have to fight to get the position you want, the season we finished 5th, was more down to 2 other teams Liverpool and Chelsea both not playing for there managers, me I think we should have gotten 3rd that season, but he settled for 5th way before the end of the season,

    regardless of when transfers took place, he took a team 5th to 16th in one season,
    scraped 10th the next season but in both of those seasons we had runs of around 20 games with out a win. I remember people saying it was injuries, but I posted the teams from each match played and player for player, we should have been more than a match for most ESP the home games.

    my take on him has always been the same, he has no game plan, defend for 90 mins , and try and sneak a goal, that’s not being average, that’s being a coward, regardless of what People might think of HBA, that kid got him out of a lot of sht with his assists and goals.

    for the players he had I think he done below average,

    Chris H is an average manager and did and an above average job , p45 isn’t even in his league.

    you also have to take his time at Charlton and west ham into this equation, almost relegated one, and did relegate the other, and was nearly taking them down to L1,

    Carver is just a lucky charver

  • 70TWO

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #10

    “At last the world will be at my mercy!”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #11

    To not give credit for finishing fifth yet criticise for not finishing third makes you sound like a maniac.

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #12

    No I might disappear for 5 months because I’ve just took that the wrong way (irony)

    Or I could just view it for what it was….a joke.

    See you in 5 months 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ve got no sympathy for him at all but he had bis hands tied with the ludicrous transfer policy of Mike Ashley.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #14

    The over use of smileys should be punished by stoning !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Have you read

  • Our Toon

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #16

    A lot of praise for Colback but what does he actually do? He’s had some cracking games such as Chelsea at home but he’s disappeared a lot from games as well such as the last game.

    This is the time to step up for JC in the absence of both Tiote and Abeid but unfortunately he’s been lacking big time

  • geordie157

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #17

    This article has got me thinking about our summer signings. So time for some waffle…….

    The two signings that cost the least have been the best two performers for me so far this season. Perez and Colback.

    Janmaat for the most part has been decent but he suffers a bit due our lack of quality at centre back.

    Cabella has showed glimpses of quality and should at least now get a run in the side with Carver slightly more attack minded than Pards.

    De Jong’s a quality player who i hope will be our Lampard style player but can he stay fit.

    Riviere so far has been poor he’s clearly not an out and out striker but it would be nice to see him tried on the right of a front 3 or maybe even up top alongside perez for a run of games before writing him off completely.

    Ferreyra, has been a complete waste of a loan signing. Especially when you think we could have possibly loaned someone like Nastastic instead albeit for more wages.

    Lascelles and Darlow, Lascelles has hardly featured for Forest this season and when i’ve seen him he hasnt looked any better than the little i’ve seen of Streete or Good. Darlow was great at the start of the season, looking composed and being a great shot stopper who’s also good at coming for crosses and has decent distribution, recently like Forest’s form he’s lost confidence and has been dropped from the side.

  • dexter53

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Apart from being very very average hell always be a mackem in my eyes.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #19


    but my reasoning is, I watch games that season and thought at the end of them, wow how did we win that, we had just been battered for 90 mins,
    he had this spell where Ba was wasted on the left, but Cabaye HBA Cisse where on fire, then he changed it a bit again and dropped Cabaye really Deep towards the last few games, Chesea 2-0 cisse wonder goals being a pefect example,

    if you set the team up to attack and win, great but if you lose you can say you gave it a go.
    but we set up to defend, protect what we have, if you get a point, that’s what you set up for, if you win, luck plays a huge part in it, but if you lose, then you have to accept that its your fault for wasting so much time not trying to win the game and being more assertive,

    now please don’t get me wrong here, I take man u city Chelsea ars, home and away, and right of those points off , if we get some points from them, great

    Liverpool and spuds, I would like to think at home we can match them , away, well who knows

    but the other teams in the league are all fair game home and away, we should be looking to win them and play in a manner that looks like you are trying to win the game.

    under no time with P45 have we really looked like we are trying to win a game off football for the 90 mins, he always had this nack of just going for it in the last 15 mins, fans walk away thinking wow that was close, when in reality we were never in the game

  • geordie157

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed, can we have a poll on whether Palace will finish above us or not this season.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #21


    its to hard to call

    Palace will start going backwards soon, P45 won 3 out his first 5 with us, then the wins became less frequent

    Carver, is part of the problem why we wanted P45 out, simply not good enough,

    but if we get one of the men in the top 4 of the betting other than carver, we will pull away from palace,

    player for player we are better

  • 70TWO

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail for Ashley

    I have now, but why?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s not just us Mashers is pi$$ing off,just read the reviews for his van mildert site, seems he doesn’t care who he upsets, he must think by keeping sh1t cheap people keep coming back no matter how you treat them !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #24

    I just thought it was quite sad the way they’ve summed up what’s happening yet we’re
    just sitting taking it


    Jan 20, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #25

    may be the prob is our players get there boots from sd free thats why they cant play very well wearing cheap sd boots could be the prob def


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