Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Family Pride Ensures United Star Can't Hide; Cook's All Smiles Ahead of Another HUGETEST Magpies Midfielder Colback Can't Hide

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Family Pride Ensures United Star Can't Hide; Cook's All Smiles Ahead of Another HUGETEST Magpies Midfielder Colback Can't Hide

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Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United Editor mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk

JACK Colback admits he is "embarrassed" to talk about Newcastle United's position with his friends and family - but has promised not to hide as the relegation battle intensifies.

Newcastle are in turmoil as they approach the end of a damaging campaign - battered by fan protests and a wafer-thin squad that is low on confidence and quality.

United's seven-point cushion to the relegation zone remains, but with six straight defeats and problems scoring and keeping the opposition out, their survival is likely to depend on others failing to pick up points.

Colback admits being from the city makes it difficult for him, but has promised to "fight" for the team.

"Being from around here, having family and friends who support the club, it is difficult to talk to them about the team at times because they have followed the team for years and seen great success here.

"To be in a position like this, I almost feel embarrassed sometimes to talk about the position we are in when the team is losing. For me personally I will be there every week, every game I play I will do everything I can to fight for this team.

"That will hopefully get us to the point where we are safe this season and hopefully we can kick on and compete next season for a place where we would like to think we can achieve."

United take on Swansea before a game against Leicester that could be pivotal. Colback said: "It can soon tighten up. We have got to be careful.

There are winnable games left for us Turn to Page 46 FROM BACK PAGE but they are all going to be tough, they will be competitive. We need it as quickly as possible so we can relax a bit more in games.

"We need to show the quality we show in training on a match day. For some reason it is more difficult on a match day when you are losing games. …

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