Sunderland’s Colback eyes Bolton hat-trick

Jack Colback
Jack Colback
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JACK Colback insists Sunderland need to register a hat-trick of victories at the Reebok Stadium to ensure they stay in touch with the top 10.

The Black Cats guaranteed Premier League survival by winning at Bolton last season and marked the first game of Steve Bruce’s reign with a win there the year before.

Sunderland desperately require a third successive victory in the North West on Saturday, with just goal difference separating them from the third bottom Trotters.

Bruce’s men have come under scrutiny after just one win in their opening eight games of the campaign and lie four points adrift of the top half – where they finished last season for the first time in a decade.

Midfielder Colback (pictured) said: “We should be picking up a result against the likes of Bolton. We went there last year and won and the year before.

“We will be going there with confidence we can take three points again.

“We need to pick up points now because the gap is getting bigger and bigger between us and the top 10, which is where we want to be.

“You go into every game feeling under pressure, the fans want to win every game and that is to be expected.

“It has been a tricky start but a few of the games could easily have gone the other way and then it would have been a different story.

“Nobody is panicking, everybody is calm and everybody is completely behind the manager. We can turn it around.”

Colback was recalled to the Sunderland starting line-up for the first time in four games in last weekend’s defeat at Arsenal.

The 21-year-old acquitted himself well in Sunderland’s five-man midfield and the former Ipswich loanee is keen to remain on an upward curve.

“The gaffer brought in a lot of players over the summer and there is lots of quality around,” added Colback.

“I was always going to be up for the battle to get some games.

“I thought I did well in pre-season and the manager has given me the chance. All I want to do is start matches and improve.”