Sunderland goal hero: We need more from midfield

Jack Colback scores at Cardiff

Jack Colback scores at Cardiff

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JACK COLBACK hopes Sunderland’s last two games are the start of a more prolific return from Gus Poyet’s midfield.

Craig Gardner was the only central midfielder on Sunderland’s books to have found the net in the Premier League this season prior to Boxing Day’s trip to Everton.

But Ki Sung-Yueng grabbed the winner from the penalty spot at Goodison Park before Colback salvaged a point at Cardiff 48 hours later with his deflected stoppage time leveller.

It was the first time Colback, who was goalless last season, had netted in the league since a deflected effort against Everton on Boxing Day 2011, and he realises Sunderland’s perilous position requires a better return from all over the park.

Colback told the Echo: “Everyone’s got to help the team with goals.

“I’ve wanted to do that a lot more and I’ve been disappointed that I haven’t really scored more often.

“I was obviously playing some of the season at left-back, but it’s something I’m still eager to add to my game.

“Ki has been brilliant since he came and it’s good for the lads that we got a point at Cardiff.

“It would have been devastating and a long journey home if we hadn’t got that one.”

While a draw at Cardiff wasn’t sufficient to lift Sunderland off the foot of the table, it moved the Black Cats to within two points of safety and crucially, denied one of their relegation rivals a huge victory.

But Sunderland remain without a win against any of the sides in the bottom half of the table this season and Colback realises that is a trend which needs to change in tomorrow’s visit of an Aston Villa side who have taken just one point from the last five.

“We couldn’t afford to let Cardiff win, but if we keep taking points away from the teams around us, it will be massive for us,” added the 24-year-old.

“Villa seem to be playing a bit better away from home. But it’s one we need a win from really.

“The games are running out and we need to start winning at home.”