Bittersweet Newcastle Utd debut for Jack Colback after swapping red & white for black & white

IMPRESSIVE ... Jack Colback in action against Manchester City. Picture by FRANK REID
IMPRESSIVE ... Jack Colback in action against Manchester City. Picture by FRANK REID

JACK Colback labelled his Newcastle United debut “bittersweet” - after tasting defeat on his first outing for his boyhood club.

Colback achieved a lifetime’s ambition yesterday when he pulled on a black and white shirt at St James’s Park in the Premier League.

The midfielder, signed from rivals Sunderland this summer, was Newcastle’s best performer against champions Manchester City, who won 2-0 thanks to goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

Silva struck late in the first half, and substitute Aguero netted in injury time.

Asked about his emotions on his United debut, Killingworth-born Colback said: “It was bittersweet, really.

“It was a great occasion for me, personally, to play here.

“But we came away without any points, so it was disappointing.”

Newcastle matched City for most of the game, but they struggled to turn their possession in the final third of the pitch into clearcut chances, and visiting goalkeeper Joe Hart had just one save to make all game.

But there were encouraging signs for United, not least the performances of Colback and Remy Cabella, his fellow summer signing.

And Colback, 24, felt the scoreline flattered Manuel Pellegrini’s side, a sentiment echoed by City’s players after the match, which is followed by a visit to Aston Villa on Saturday.

“I don’t think we really deserved to get beat,” said Colback, who joined Newcastle as a free agent after his contract at the Stadium of Light expired.

“They scored with their two main chances, but that’s what happens when you play against teams like City. They’ve got those sort of players.

“We competed with them for 90 minutes, and they only went 2-0 up at the end when we were pushing for an equaliser.

“We’ve got to take the positives out of it.”

Colback earned praise from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew after the game.

Pardew said: “I thought Jack Colback was fantastic - all the players were solid.”