Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Derby Defeat Still Hurts Colback; Derby Defeat Still Hurts Cats Star

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Derby Defeat Still Hurts Colback; Derby Defeat Still Hurts Cats Star

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Byline: Neil Cameron

JACK Colback last night admitted the hurt from his last derby-day experience has yet to relent as he prepared to gain revenge for March's memorable Tyne-Wear clash at St James' Park.

The Sunderland star (pictured left) would rather forget all about Shola Ameobi's last-minute equaliser, which denied his side their first victory in the fixture since October 2008.

However, instead he will use this bad memory to inspire him when the teams meet for the first time since that match in nine days' time.

Sunderland's last win at the home of their old rivals came in November 2000, so it is little wonder that allowing Newcastle such a late equaliser still rankles with the Wearsiders.

The Black Cats' season went downhill after that dramatic afternoon, which ended 1-1, although they had long since secured their Premier League status, and this coming match a week on Sunday at the Stadium of Light could well prove to be another defining moment. Colback and his team-mates have won just once in their last 14 Premier League games, a run stretching back to March, so victory at the Stadium of Light would provide the perfect tonic for the supporters.

The midfielder said: "We can't From Back Page wait for the derby. I thought we should have won at least one of the derby matches last season. "The game at St James' Park still stings a little bit. I'm not one for looking back, but it was really disappointing to concede so late on as we did that day." The third international break of the season has left supporters on both sides of the Tyne-Wear divide desperate for football to return to club duty. And the same could be said of the players, particularly those who have not been selected to take part in the World Cup qualifiers. The break has given this particular derby one of the longest build-up in recent times; meaning that by the time kick-off comes it could be hyped up even more than ever. …

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