Sunderland’s Colback: My best goal ever

Jack Colback celebrates.
Jack Colback celebrates.
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JACK COLBACK has labelled his Tyne-Wear derby strike as the most enjoyable goal of his career after sealing a third successive victory over Newcastle United.

Tyneside-born Colback produced a superb display in Saturday’s 3-0 victory win at St James’s Park, as Sunderland made it three in a row against Alan Pardew’s side.

And the 24-year-old was rewarded with 10 minutes to go when he started and finished the move which saw him net only his fourth goal in Sunderland colours and ninth of his senior career.

Colback told the Echo: “Yeah, I’d say that was my favourite ever goal, although I’ve not had many!

“But it was fantastic to score in a game like that and, more importantly, get the three points.

“We could have scored more if we had been a bit more clinical.

“But we went there again and got the three points and that was great for the fans to go home with.

“We’ve not had great results in the past (against Newcastle), but now we’ve won the last three and I think we’ve wanted it a bit more in all three games.”

Aside from the bragging rights, Sunderland secured back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time this season after Gus Poyet’s men were able to build on Wednesday’s nervy win against fellow strugglers Stoke.

And with Hull City, lying above Sunderland on goal difference, visiting the Stadium of Light on Saturday, midfielder Colback says the Black Cats have a great chance to make it three on the spin.

“It’s important with the position we’re in to win back-to-back league games,” he said.

“It’s pointless winning one and then losing one because it knocks you back.

“But we’ve been playing well and we’ve got another opportunity on Saturday against Hull to win a third.

“We said after Stoke that it wasn’t a pretty win, but it was about winning.

“We’d rather play badly and win, than lose.

“It was vital winning that one and then to go to Newcastle and win 3-0, it’s got even better.”

The academy product added:”It’s been a great fortnight.

“If you’d have said we’d have been in this position three or four months ago, I don’t think many people would have believed it.

“People were looking at us as certainties to go down.

“But since the new manager and staff have come in, they’ve been brilliant and all the players have bought into what they want.

“Obviously we need to carry that on now.”