Jack Colback recalls experience with Sunderland as proof Newcastle can get out of trouble

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Colback was part of the Sunderland side that pulled off an improbable escape in 2014.

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has stressed his side can beat the drop given a past experience he had while playing for fierce rivals Sunderland.

The Magpies are currently one point adrift from safety but could move out of the bottom three at the weekend with victory in the Tyne/Wear derby. 

Colback was part of a Sunderland side that pulled off a great escape in 2014 when they were seven points from safety at the bottom of the table with six games to go before a resurgence saw them climb to 14th and finish five points clear of the bottom three.

He is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “I’ve been in a similar position with Sunderland when we were seven or eight points away, we had some horrific games and we managed to pull it off.

“So this is nothing really. We can get out of it.

“It looks grim when you look at the bottom three.

“But a few wins and you get out of it.

“We have teams around us where it’s hugely important we show our character and show our fight.

“We have to take our responsibility as players and get positive results.”

He does point out, however, that they next two games are going to be important factors over whether they retain their status for next season or not. After Sunderland visit St James's Park, Newcastle travel to Norwich City after the international break, who are also a point ahead of Rafa Benitez's side.

Following a spirited display against Leicester City where the newly appointed manager was keen to take the positives in light of a defeat, those on Tyneside will be hoping that the new manager effect really takes hold against Sunderland this weekend and then Norwich City. If they manage to take six points from those two games, they could establish a cushion over at least one of their relegation rivals as games continue to run out.

Benitez has a track record of being able to get sides to string very good winning runs together, whether he can do it in a short space of time at Newcastle remains to be seen. 

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