Colback suggests a worrying weakness for Newcastle United

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Jack Colback feels Newcastle United leave themselves exposed defensively.

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has suggested a possible weakness of the team to the Chronicle.

The Newcastle star is confident the Magpies can push on in the league this season, but has suggested that the side can be too open at times.

“At times we have been a bit too open in games,” he said.

“But the foundations are there to push on - We’re the last people who would say the season will just fizzle out, we want to push on and finish as high as we can.”

Newcastle do have some very good attacking players and individuals who like to push the side forward.

The danger is that when they move too far up the pitch, it leaves space in behind which can be exploited by clever opponents on the counter attack.

Newcastle’s attack were superb in the game against Hull City but it will take a fine balance at both ends for the side to push up the table and attack a place in the top eight.

With John Carver named as head coach until the end of the season, there is an opportunity for things to settle down over the next few weeks and address any weaknesses the boss may feel they have.

If Carver can maintain the attacking strengths the side has been showing as well as solidifying them defensively, Newcastle can push forward and rely on good shape going backwards if they lose possession.

If it’s something they don’t address, they could be picked off by more experienced teams.

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