Newcastle United defeat frustrates debutant Colback

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JACK Colback was frustrated by defeat in his debut for Newcastle United.

The summer signing from Sunderland played the full 90 minutes of Tuesday’s 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat at League One club Oldham Athletic.

The 24-year-old started in central midfield alongside Mehdi Abeid, back from a season-loan loan at Panathinaikos, against Oldham.

Newcastle led through debutant Siem de Jong’s ferocious strike, but their dominant performance unravelled in the last 25 minutes after boss Alan Pardew made a number of second-half substitutions, and Timothee Dieng and Willy Gros gave the hosts victory.

“It was disappointing,” said Colback. “We were in control, but obviously the lads got tired towards the end.

“It was the first game we’d had, and changes can affect the discipline and shape of the team. They were two goals we could have done better with, but overall the performance wasn’t too bad.”

Colback – who earned praise from Pardew – will travel to New Zealand tomorrow. Newcastle meet Australian club Sydney in Dunedin on Tuesday and Wellington Phoenix next Saturday.