JACK Colback reckoned Sunderland were unlucky to lose 1-0 to Burnley at the weekend, but says the run-out was more important than the result at this stage of the season.
“It was a competitive game and I think 0-0 would have been a fair result because their goal came from the penalty spot – and I think they were lucky to get it,” said the midfielder.
“Wes Brown was fouled in the build-up, but that wasn’t given and that’s what I spoke to the referee about afterwards.
“It was disappointing. But we move on now to the Hartlepool game on Tuesday and Hibs game on Saturday because getting fitness and sharpness is what it is all about.
“And for all the fact that the game against Burnley was frustrating at times, it’s another one under our belts.”
Colback was one of the few Sunderland players to get the full 90 minutes – first half on the wing, second half in his preferred central midfield role.
But despite his desire to play in the centre of the park, the 21-year-old says he is happy to play anywhere, as long as he’s accumulating minutes on the board.
“I’m a naturally fit person, but you do need games to sharpen you up when you get back and I’ve been glad to be involved.
“We’ve signed a lot of new players over the last few months and for the lads who were already here, like me, the challenge is to up your game to make sure you’re still in the manager’s plans.
“The worry is you get stuck on the sidelines, but I’m pleased the manager has been true to his word about making me part of his first-team squad for next season.”