JACK COLBACK believes Sunderland’s results have prompted increased scrutiny over his contribution, rather than any dramatic drop in individual form, writes Chris Young.
Colback made a positive return to the starting line-up in Tuesday night’s 3-0 victory over Reading after being restricted to the bench for Sunderland’s previous three games.
The midfielder had been an ever-present for Sunderland this season before a dip in performances saw Martin O’Neill leave the 23-year-old out.
Supporters had also begun to criticise Colback, with his lack of creativity pinpointed as one of the reasons behind Sunderland’s troubles at the wrong end of the table – an accusation that was similarly levelled against Lee Cattermole in the first half of last season.
Although Colback realises the attacking side of his game needs to improve, he understands his defensive contribution can be overlooked when results are suffering.
Colback told the Echo: “Maybe in certain games I didn’t play my best. But I think there’s been a lot of games where I didn’t think I was doing any worse than last season.
“When you lose games, it gets highlighted more and anything half-decent that you do gets forgotten about.
“I’ve played games where I’ve felt I haven’t done great, but we’ve won and I’ve been lauded.
“I know I need to push on, scoring goals and starting to create. I’m not a Sessegnon-type player whose going to light up the crowd. That’s not the sort of player I am.
“But I feel that with the job I’ve got, I do it fairly well and hopefully I can keeping playing and keep pushing on.”
Colback will remain in the starting line-up for tomorrow’s trip to Manchester United, albeit he could find himself at left-back if Danny Rose fails to shake off the knock suffered against Reading.
Sunderland head to Old Trafford in buoyant mood after securing only a third top flight victory of the campaign.