Jack Colback says that it was ‘unfortunate’ Steve McClaren had to leave but that when you look at what Rafa Benitez has achieved, Newcastle can stay up if they buy into and follow the new Manager’s lead.

Filling in at left-back, Colback thought Newcastle were solid against Leicester and that it wasn’t a free-kick when Mahrez went down, in the lead up to the winning goal.

As well as that decision, Jack Colback felt Newcastle were also badly done to in the second half when the ball struck Wes Morgan on the elbow and nothing was given.

The United player thinks that you get these decisions when you are at the top but get very little when you are struggling.

As for the match on Sunday, Jack Colback says the latest derby needs no building up.

The relegation battle means the stakes have never been higher and Colback says that Newcastle certainly owe Sunderland one after six derby defeats in a row.

Jack Colback:

“We have had three days to work with the new Manager and for him to get his ideas across.

“I think we were solid and once they got the goal the won the game. I think the initial foul on Mahrez wasn’t a foul – as soon as he has felt contact he has went down and the referee bought it.

“When you are top of the league you get things going for you and when you are right down at the bottom,they go against you.

“In the second half it has hit Morgan on the arm quite clearly (in the box), his elbow is out here – but it is not given, so disappointed.

“It was unfortunate the old Manager had to leave but we have trained well and look to buy into what the new Manager wants to do.

“We need to follow him – he has got vast experience and has won a lot of trophies.”

‘Can he keep you up?’

“Yes, definitely. Vast amount of experience and he knows what he is talking about. As I said, we have to try and follow that the best we can.

“I thought we looked solid tonight and didn’t really have many problems apart from the goal. Just need to improve a bit going forward and a bit more belief.”

‘How big is this weekend?’

“Yes…it doesn’t need built up.

“It is massive, always massive, with the league position of both and we haven’t won in a while against them – so certainly owe them one.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Leicester 1 Newcastle 0 

Goals – 

Leicester: Okazaki 26

Possession was Newcastle 50% Leicester 50%

Total shots were Newcastle 13 and Leicester 10

Shots on target were Newcastle 2 and Leicester 1

Corners were Newcastle 4 and Leicester 8

Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Lascelles, Taylor, Colback, Anita (Townsend 56), Shelvey (Doumbia 87), Sissoko,Wijnaldum, Perez (de Jong 71), Mitrovic

Unused Subs: Darlow, Saivet, Sterry, Doumbia

Ref: Craig Pawson

Crowd: 31,824

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