SAFC star Jack Colback looks forward to derby date against hometown team

JACK Colback insists Newcastle United’s 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 (pictured), told Sportmail: “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/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.”