By Harry Sykes

Jack Colback played the full 90 minutes of Newcastle’s 1-1 draw against Birmingham in the FA Cup on Saturday – and fans on Twitter panned his performance.

The central midfielder was one of only three players who kept his place in the starting XI as manager Rafael Benitez rung the changes to allow most of his regulars a breather.

The former Sunderland player, 27, lined up in central midfield alongside the recalled Cheick Tiote in Benitez’s new-look 3-5-2 formation.

Newcastle began brightly and took a fifth minute lead through Daryl Murphy but Lukas Jutkiewicz kept Gianfranco Zola’s Birmingham in the FA Cup as they came from behind to earn a third-round replay against at St Andrews in 10 days’ time.

Supporters were universally dismissive of the performance of Colback, who is a regular victim of fan criticism on social media.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Despite the fans’ comments, Colback is a regular in the Newcastle midfield and was making his 18th appearance of the season on Saturday, 12 of which have been starts.

Supporters believe he lacks the quality on the ball required to be an effective presence in the centre of the pitch.

In other Newcastle news, this is how long Aleksandar Mitrovic is in line to be sidelined through injury.