Sunderland’s Jack Colback is fired up for derby battle

Sunderland's Jack Colback.
Sunderland's Jack Colback.
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JACK Colback insists Newcastle United’s recent Midas touch against Sunderland will have no bearing on the outcome of this weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby.

The Black Cats head to the Sports Direct Arena on Sunday looking to address the balance against Newcastle, who have taken seven points from the three meetings between the clubs since the Magpies won promotion from the Championship.

Sunderland make their first visit to Tyneside since last season’s 5-1 rout there, while Alan Pardew’s side prevailed at the Stadium of Light in August with a 1-0 win.

But midfielder Colback points to Manchester City’s 6-1 victory at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign as evidence of the unpredictability of derby encounters.

Colback told the Echo: “I don’t think prior defeats have anything to do with it.

“In a derby game anything can happen. Just look at the Man U v Man City game from earlier in the season. No one would have predicted that score.

“In these types of games, you never know what’s going to happen and you just need that bit of luck which maybe we lacked earlier in the season.

“A lot of our players have played in big derbies before so it’s not going to faze us.

“It’s a completely different team and completely different manager from the last time we went there so it’s not a result we’re thinking about at all.

“Obviously they beat us at the Stadium of Light so we owe them one. But we can’t treat it like a revenge mission. We have to treat it like any other game and go in with the same mentality.

“We know how important it is for the fans and we don’t take it lightly. But we have to play the game and not the occasion.”

Tynesider Colback is in line to make his first appearance in a Sunderland shirt at the Sports Direct after previously playing there during a loan spell at Ipswich Town.

The 22-year-old is desperate to play his part in helping the Black Cats avenge Saturday’s 4-0 rout against West Brom after he was substituted at the interval at the Hawthorns with Sunderland trailing by two goals.

“Growing up in the area, you know how important it is for the bragging rights,” added Colback. “These are the sort of games you want to play in and experience in your career.

“They’ve been doing well and we’ve been doing really well under the new manager prior to Saturday.

“We know it’ll be a tough game, but we’re going there with a lot of confidence and that result at the weekend will give us the wake-up call we need.

“When you come off a result like that, it puts it back into perspective of where we’re at.

“Maybe we were getting carried away and went into the game with a bit too much confidence. A result like that will bring us down to earth in time for the Newcastle game.”