North-East latest: Coloccini thanks Newcastle supporters, Altidore concerned by Sunderland form

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Coloccini thanks fans

Fabricio Coloccini has thanked the Newcastle United fans for the support that they have given the side so far this season.

The Magpies have started the campaign in dismal form, but the Magpies supporters have still turned out in good numbers and Coloccini has moved quickly to show his gratitude for their patience. 

“I want to say thank you from me and all the lads for the way they supported," he said to the Sheilds Gazette.

Colback wants cup success

Jack Colback wants to reach the final of the Capital One Cup again this season with his new club Newcastle United.

Colback was part of the Sunderland squad who managed to get to Wembley last year and he wants to repeat that feat. 

“It’s good for the club when you go on a run like that,” the central midfielder said to the Shields Gazette

“It was a great experience for me personally, playing at Wembley and going there for the first time."

“It’s good for team morale as well. When you’re winning games, it doesn’t matter what competition it’s in."

Billy Jones and Will Buckley to start

Billy Jones and Will Buckley will be in Sunderland's starting line-up when they take on Swansea City at the weekend, Gus Poyet has revealed. 

The pair were two of the sides better performers in their League Cup defeat to Stoke City last night and they clearly did enough to impress their manager. 

"Buckley is going to play on Saturday and Billy Jones as well, for sure," Poyet told the Shields Gazette.

Altidore fearful

Jozy Altidore is fearful that Sunderland are already suffering with the same problems which plagued them last season.

The side's form over the opening to the Premier League campaign has been poor and last night's defeat to Stoke City in the Capital One Cup has set alarm bells ringing in Altidore's head. 

“I didn’t think we deserved to lose. I don’t think we played that bad," he said to the Gazette.

“But this has haunted us the whole of last season and a bit this year. Games we should win, we’re not winning."

Karanka proud

Aitor Karanka says that he is very proud of his Middlesbrough team after their performance against Liverpool in the League Cup last night.

Middlesbrough may have lost the tie after a mammoth penalty shoot-out, but Karanka was still delighted that his team managed to give the Premier League giants such a scare.

“These are the kind of games where you have to be very proud of your players, your group, your club, everything,” Karanka said to the Hartlepool Mail.

“I think we have shown everybody what kind of club Middlesbrough are."

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