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.
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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