JACK Colback says he’s “embarrassed” by relegation-threatened Newcastle United’s plight – and determined to fight to the last ball to keep the club up, writes Miles Starforth.
Colback and his team-mates suffered a sixth successive defeat on Sunday.
The 3-1 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur left John Carver’s side just seven points above the Premier League’s relegation zone with five games left to play.
And boyhood fan Colback – who scored Newcastle’s goal – admits he finds the club’s predicament hard to take ahead of Saturday’s home game against Swansea City.
“Being from around here, having family and friends who support the club, it’s difficult to talk to them about the team at times, because they have followed the team for years and seen great success here,” said the midfielder.
“To be in a position like this, I almost feel embarrassed sometimes to talk about the position we are in when the team is losing.
“For me, personally, I will be there every week. Every game, I play I’ll do everything I can to fight for this team.
“That will hopefully get us to the point where we are safe this season, and hopefully we can kick on and compete next season for a place where we would like to think we can achieve.”
United, seemingly in freefall, have struggled at both ends of the pitch in recent months.
And Killingworth-born Colback, one of the club’s better performers this season, feels that Newcastle must “win ugly” to stay up.
Asked how the team can arrest its slide towards the relegation zone, the 25-year-old said: “Sometimes it is a bit of luck.
“It’s winning ugly and winning games when you know you have scrapped a result out when you’ve not played well. I think that is what we have to do.
“There’s no point looking at how we perform now – it’s about winning games.
“When you are on a run like this, it can be difficult, and everything seems to go against you.
“We got ourselves back in to it early on in the season when we were playing better, but it wasn’t to be. It’s difficult and you have to keep going.”
Half of the six teams below United, including Sunderland, have a game in hand.
Colback said: “It can soon tighten up. We’ve got to be careful.
“There are winnable games left for us, but they are all going to be tough. They’ll be competitive. We need it as quickly as possible so we can relax a bit more in games.
“We need to show the quality we show in training on a matchday. For some reason, it’s more difficult on a matchday when you are losing games.
“We have to make sure we win one as soon as we can and grow from there.”