Colback praises Magpies support

RETURN ... Gabriel Obertan.
RETURN ... Gabriel Obertan.

JACK Colback’s hopeful that Newcastle United have stopped the rot – with the help of the club’s fans.

Colback and his team-mates claimed their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday.

Gabriel Obertan’s solo goal gave the team a hard-earned 1-0 win over Leicester City.

The three points weren’t enough to lift Alan Pardew’s side out of the relegation zone, but 18th-placed United are now within striking distance of Sunderland, beaten 8-0 by Southampton.

Newcastle themselves were given a 4-0 drubbing at the St Mary’s Stadium a month ago, with the result - and performance - provoking an angry backlash from fans.

However, since then the team has claimed five points – and progressed to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

United manager Pardew remains under pressure, but a series of spirited performances have shown that he retains the backing of his players as well as owner Mike Ashley, who was at St James’s Park for the Leicester game.

And Newcastle will take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in better spirits.

“In football, a couple of wins can change the whole feeling,” said Colback, who thanked the club’s supporters for their backing during a troubled two months.

“We’ll focus now on Tottenham, go down there, and hopefully get a win.

“It’s difficult when you’re not winning games.

“It can get hard, but in fairness to the fans I think they’ve been top drawer.

“We’ve managed to get that win. We need to make it a platform, and move forward.

“He praised our workrate and application. It’s been tough for him as well, but he’s always been positive.”

Ashley went to the dressing room after the game to congratulate Pardew and his players, and midfielder Colback, signed from Sunderland in the summer, told of the “relief” at the final whistle.

“It’s a massive relief and a huge lift for us,” said the 24-year-old.

“It has been a tough start, as everyone knows. The fans have their right to voice their opinions, and in fairness to them they were fantastic.

“They have been good – they’ve stuck with us – and thankfully we have been able to give a bit back to them by winning.

Colback said: “It took a bit longer than we wanted to get the goal, but we got it. It was brilliant from Gabby.

“We are delighted to get the win.”