Jack Colback suggests reason for Newcastle’s dreadful form

Yoann Gouffran, Jack Colback

Colback believes there is a key reason for Newcastle’s shocking second half to the season.

Speaking to the Chronicle, 25-year-old midfielder Colback has suggested that injuries and the inability to name a settled squad are the reason for the Magpies’ dreadful loss of form.

“I think it is a mixture of a lot of things,” the former Sunderland academy graduate said. “We can’t make excuses. We have been hit with a huge amount of injuries all season.

“We have had a settled side - a full strength side - for five or six games in the season and it was the period we did well. When you take out important players it is going to be difficult.”

Under Alan Pardew in the early weeks of the campaign, Newcastle went on an amazing winning run that took them into the upper echelons of the Premier League table, and is ultimately the reason their Premier League status is still secure.

Without that run of results, the Magpies would be much closer to the relegation places, and as the most out-of-form team in the division, would likely be heading to the Championship.

It is true that John Carver has been appointed and has had to deal with a host of injuries which have done much to ruin any consistency he may have wanted whilst in charge. On top of these injuries there have been some stupid suspensions, and his last six games have all resulted in defeats - usually featuring make-shift starting line-ups.

Colback has been one of the consistent features in the team this term, and is one of few players who will end the campaign with a modicum of respect still remaining concerning his abilities. He has been the endless warrior in the middle of the park, chasing down lost causes whilst his teammates show little to no effort.

He has had to play in a midfield decimated to the level that he is playing without midfielders next to him, but it is not correct to just highlight injuries as the reason for the dreadful form in the second half of the campaign, with bad management at fault for so many of the errors being made.

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