Promotion is what everybody expects according to Jack Colback and he says that it is something the squad have to live up to.

The United midfielder says that with the players Newcastle have got they ‘should’ be getting promoted.

However, Colback says that ‘a bare minimum’ is finishing in the play-off places.

Playing against a team today where he spent two spells on loan, Jack Colback claims that the Newcastle players aren’t ‘getting carried away’ with the fact that they are now top of the Championship and says that they must stay focused.

After starting with two defeats, Newcastle have then won nine and drawn one, picking up 28 of a possible 33 points in the last eleven games, only defeat coming at home to Wolves. Jack Colback’s take is that ‘we’re doing alright so far’.

With Jonjo Shelvey in excellent form and Newcastle’s playmaker, Isaac Hayden and Jack Colback have competed to play alongside the former Swansea & Liverpool midfielder.

Against Ipswich today, we once again wait to see what selection surprises Rafa Benitez will come up with – Hayden having partnered Shelvey in the 2-0 win at Barnsley on Tuesday night.

Jack Colback talking to NUFC TV:

“You have got to take each game as it comes but that (promotion) is what everyone wants, that’s what everyone expects, which is something we’ve got to live up to.

“With the squad we’ve got, we should be getting promoted. Top six is a bare minimum but we’ve got to be looking to go up automatically.

“If we go up as champions, it’ll be the icing on the cake but we know it’s going to be hard work. We’re not getting carried away as players. We’ve got to keep working, otherwise we’ll lose games if we don’t stay on it and stay focused.

“But we’re doing alright so far.

“I really enjoyed my time there (Colback was on loan at Ipswich from Sunderland in two different spells).

“It was my first real step into professional football and it’s helped me out massively to (get to) where I am.

“I will always have a lot of fond memories there. I thank them (Ipswich) as a club for giving me the opportunity, and Roy Keane when he was there.

“I think we didn’t quite live up to expectations – we had a good team, a lot of good players who are playing in the Premier League now, and we probably should have done a bit better than we did.

“But the fans were fine. It’s a small place, quite quiet, so it’s not quite as intense as up here!”

“They’re going to be solid and it may be difficult to break down at times.

“We’ve got to be patient, like we’ve shown -not get too carried away, otherwise we will get caught out.”