Jack Colback says that there is a big difference between lack of belief and lack of fight.

The midfielder accepts that the team might be struggling with belief at the minute but that the fight is still there.

Colback, like his manager (head coach), also claims that the desire in the team is still there but that they have to be mentally stronger.

The Geordie midfielder thinks that the signs were there of sorting things at the back, only for it to spectacularly go wrong.

Consecutive clean sheets then followed by eight goals conceded over the course of the last two matches.

As for the infamous bust-up between the coaching staff and players after the Leicester hammering, Jack Colback says that he has seen it all before and it was nothing out of the ordinary, “If that was a bust-up, then I wouldn’t like to see a proper bust-up.”

Jack Colback talking to Sky Sports:

“I don’t think it’s desire, maybe character and mentality – we have to be stronger. On the day, we have to be stronger and know if we have a setback, we can get back in the game.

“Obviously we got to the point where we were looking solid as a team. Against Norwich, we conceded a couple of goals, but going forward we were really good and against Sunderland we were very solid until we got a player sent off and that changed the game.

“Stoke we got a clean sheet and Bournemouth we got a clean sheet, so the signs were there we were looking good as a unit and as a team.

“Then all of a sudden, you concede eight in two games. Maybe it’s the nature of this league. It’s an unforgiving league.

“It’s not something that’s new (McClaren making players train on Sunday after palace defeat), your days off get put on the board, but they always put a note ‘at the manager’s discretion’ and after a performance like that, it’s not uncommon to be in the next day.

“I have experienced managers where you have never had a day off, so it’s not unusual. It’s something the players had no problem with. We came in and we addressed the game and tried to put it behind us.

“You have got to focus on the next one.

“Training is always competitive. If that was a bust-up, then I wouldn’t like to see a proper bust-up.

“Players argue in training and have a go at decisions because we want to win and we care. If it wasn’t like that, it would be an issue, really.

“The players always want to win games. A lack of belief is different to a lack of fight and wanting to win.

“We go into games wanting to win, but we go behind and that belief goes. We have to start being a lot harder to beat and pick up points.”