Jack Colback says that even during the dramatic second half collapse last season and subsequent relegation fight, the supporters largely stayed with the team and ‘didn’t make it too bad a place to play’.

The Geordie and former Sunderland player contrasts that with ‘I have experienced a lot worse places to play’, with it not taking a genius to work out where he is talking about…

Colback joined Sunderland as a kid and has only ever played for one other club, Ipswich on loan.

After swapping Sunderland’s yearly relegation fight for a…relegation fight last season, Jack Colback is still confident that there is much better to come from United.

The midfielder claiming that players and coaching staff are happy with how things are going, despite only two points, with a tough schedule of matches and two red cards making life difficult.

Colback hopes that starting with West Ham in two weeks time, the team at last get a chance to show their attacking play, something he accepts has only been seen on the opening day of the season against Southampton.

Jack Colback:

“It’s been difficult, we’ve had two sendings off early doors and you cancel those games out really, in terms of looking at the progress of the team.

“But the team are happy, the staff are happy with how we’re doing, we haven’t got the points to reflect that but it has been a tough start – it is a long season and we’ll get going.”

Attacking play:

“We haven’t really had a chance to show our attacking play yet other than the Southampton game.”

“The fans were fantastic against Arsenal and they stuck with us throughout, that is what you need when your backs are against the wall, that gives you a lift and they are going to be optimistic.”

Mike Ashley:

“The chairman has done what he said and signed players, quality players, and we just need a chance to show that.”

“It’s been well documented the problems we’ve had here but I think we need to forget about that now – the owner has done what he said and the fans have got behind us.”

Worse places:

“To be fair, even last year, the fans never made it too bad a place to play, I have experienced a lot worse places to play to be honest.

“It is one of those things and the fans react to performances, if we show the right attitude and work hard, then they react to that and they did – they were still there right at the end.”