Jack Colback is looking forward to another trip back to Sunderland and no doubt his old fans will once again be preparing a warm welcome.
It was embarrassing the lengths (see below) that some of their supporters went to, when it came to Colback’s first visit with Newcastle.
The fact that he made the move north of the river and for free, didn’t go down too well.
Having already accumulated four yellow cards, Jack Colback would have been banned for the derby if he’d picked up a fifth against Norwich.
The former mackem midfielder says that factor was in the back of his mind but he tried not to let it affect his game.
As almost certainly the only Geordie playing for Newcastle this weekend, it won’t do any harm to have his input with the rst of the players, both before and during the match.
Both he and the rest of the players let themselves down last season with a total no show at the Stadium of Light, much better will be expected this time around.
As for the Sunderland fans, there are still plenty of tickets left on sale only three days before the game, so the return of both Sam Allardyce and Jack Colback hasn’t gripped Wearside to that great of an extent.
“It was always (a booking v Norwich and a ban) in the back of my mind.
“I was going in for a couple of 50-50s, you don’t want to not commit to the ball because it was a big game.
“It was always in my head not to get booked, otherwise I would have missed next week, which would have been devastating.”
“One nil would have done I think…we got one up by playing well and then let them back in it, thought it was going to be one of those games.
“We said at half-time that we needed to come out again and they put us under a little bit of pressure, we got the goals and it was a game for the fans.
“We can look forward to the next game.”