Jack Colback calls for patience after Newcastle's poor start to the season

The Magpies sit rock bottom after five games, having failed to register their first win.

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has identified Monday’s defeat to West Ham United as the only game they have been poor in this season, in an interview with nufc.co.uk.

The Magpies shared the spoils with Southampton in a close encounter on the opening day and picked up an impressive point at Old Trafford in their third game.

Two defeats to Arsenal and Swansea City accompanied those draws, but both games saw Newcastle a man light after the dismissals of Daryl Janmaat and Aleksandar Mitrovic respectively.

Monday’s trip to the Boleyn Ground was a disaster, however, with a lacklustre display from most of Steve McClaren’s men ensuring no points returned to Tyneside.

“Winning is a habit really, once you get one it brings confidence and we are maybe still suffering from the form last season – but you know, it is a new start for the club, obviously the new manager and staff have come in,” said Colback.

“It is going to take a little time but we have seen positive signs in the other games. Probably only West Ham where we’ve not had a great game but that can happen in this league.”

Football is a game of fine margins and while Newcastle could easily be higher up the table, their impotency in front of goal is plain to see and needs to be addressed.

The Magpies have failed to score since the opening day and never looked like threatening to do so on Monday night.

Changes are required, and Colback’s calls for patience will likely go unheard if Saturday’s showdown with Watford doesn’t bring about an improvement.

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