JACK Colback is desperate for a victory over Southampton this weekend to change Sunderland’s bid to escape the danger zone from a stagger into a sprint.
The Black Cats go into tomorrow’s game at the Stadium of Light on the back of their biggest win of the season – the 4-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage last Saturday.
But while the versatile Tynesider relished that result, he says it is important to start stringing wins together in the league if progress is to be clearly made.
“It has been great to get a decent run going, especially away from home,” he told the Gazette.
“But now we need to start putting a couple of good league results together in a row, which we’ve been unable to do all this season.
“It’s often felt like one step forward and two steps back this season.
“In order to really make a push, and get out of the situation we’re in, we need to be winning two on the bounce.
“It’s amazing what a difference a couple of wins strung together makes in this league.
“We’ve seen other clubs do it over the course of the season, and now we need to do the same.
“That’s what really pushes you up the table, and it’s a funny league in that respect.
“We’ve seen that happen a few times, where one moment you think a team are in trouble, but then a couple of weeks later they look comfortable mid-table purely because they managed to get back-to-back wins.
“Then it goes from being all very doom and gloom to looking a bit more rosy.”
Sunderland are currently in a run of only one defeat in nine, including three wins in a row, but of course that also takes into account several cup games.
Colback said: “We’re getting consistently good results, and to get three wins on the bounce has been great for the lads.
“Winning the cup games is great.
“But ideally you want three points after every victory, especially when you need them as much as we do.”
The Tynesider reckons Southampton will present a major obstacle to the Black Cats’ hopes of securing another straight win.
The 24-year-old was involved in the first clash between the two, in the second game of the season when Jose Fonte’s 88th minute finish cancelled out Emanuele Giaccherini’s third minute opener at St Mary’s.
Colback also played in the Capital One Cup victory over the Saints in November when goals from Seb Larsson and Phil Bardsley took Sunderland through despite a late consolation goal from Saints defender Maya Yoshida.
But he’s not fooling himself that it won’t be a big challenge tomorrow against a side that were among the Premier League pacesetters at the start of the season.
“We took a point from their place and beat them in the cup, although I know they fielded a very different side that night.
“But we’ve got to feel we can get something out of that game.
“Southampton are a very good side, and I think people have recognised that.
“They are at the stage we want to be at, where they play nice football and win games.
“It will be a tough game, but I know we will go into it with a lot of confidence.”