Newcastle United fans react on Twitter to Jack Colback's Boxing Day display

Jack Colback of Newcastle United in action with Fernando Forestieri of Sheffield Wednesday

Rafa Benitez recalled Colback in place of Newcastle United teammate Jonjo Shelvey as the Magpies suffered a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at St. James' Park.

Championship leaders Newcastle United suffered their fourth home league defeat of the season as sixth-place Sheffield Wednesday came away from St James' Park with a 1-0 win on Boxing Day.

Dwight Gayle struck the crossbar via the fingertips of Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood early on, but the Owls settled well and spurned numerous chances of their own before and after half-time.

In the 53rd minute, Carlos Carvalhal's side finally found a way beyond the impressive Kark Darlow in the Magpies' goal, courtesy of Glenn Loovens' first goal for the club.

Glenn Loovens of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates scoring their first goal

Despite a sustained period of pressure late on there was no way back for Newcastle, who will drop to second if Brighton beat QPR on Tuesday.

Without the suspended Jonjo Shelvey, it was always going to be tougher for Rafa Benitez's side. However, in Jack Colback, who was named in an England international squad little over two years ago, Newcastle, in theory, had an adequate replacement - even if he had just spent the past six matches on the sidelines.

Jack Colback of Newcastle United in action with Fernando Forestieri of Sheffield Wednesday

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