JACK Colback says things are finally looking up for Newcastle United – with the start to the season having made the league table “horrible” viewing.
United’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Saturday made it four wins in a row in all competitions.
That followed a desperately poor run which left them in the relegation zone and seemingly facing a season of struggle.
Since the last international break, Newcastle have won all of their matches, and Sunday’s trip to West Brom is the last game before another enforced stoppage for internationals.
Colback says the league table now makes much happier reading, and he believes the club would be “absolutely flying” if they return from the Hawthorns with three points.
He said: “We’ve got one more game before the international break, and if we could win it, it would really cap off what’s been a pretty good spell for us.
“It’s amazing what a few wins can do.
“We were really struggling in the bottom three and it was horrible looking at the league table every time on the TV, but we’ve won three games now (in the league) and we briefly went into the top 10 at the weekend.
“If we can beat West Brom going into the international break, and then have a home game against QPR, we could be absolutely flying.”
Colback feels United’s return to form is a reward for the loyalty of the club’s fans – although he insists recent results should be a regular occurrence on Tyneside.
He added: “The fans have been brilliant – they’ve stuck with us through a difficult period and now they’re getting their rewards.
“We’re bringing results that the club are used to, and that they should be getting because it’s a fantastic club with a fantastic fan base. We’re finally paying them back a bit for their loyalty.”
Even in the darkest days earlier this season, Colback says manager Alan Pardew remained positive.
And because of that, the former Sunderland midfielder was always confident things would improve on Tyneside.
He said: “I think we always felt it was just around the corner.
“We were playing well but not winning games.
“We always stuck together, and the manager and staff always stayed positive.
“That’s football – you go through rough patches and then it turns round.
“Things can go against you a bit cruelly sometimes, but we’ve won four in a row now and the confidence is showing.
“We’re getting that bit of luck now we weren’t quite getting before, and we’re defending well.
“We probably could have played better against Liverpool, but we won the game and that’s what’s important.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has been given the all-clear after treatment for testicular cancer.
The 31-year-old had an operation in his native Argentina in September.
He tweeted: “I was given a medical discharge.
“Thank you very much to all who accompanied me at this time.”