Newcastle fans react on Twitter to Colback display v Bristol City
By Will Butcher
Newcastle fans have reacted with disgust on Twitter to midfielder Jack Colback’s performance against Bristol City.
Colback, 27, started alongside Jonjo Shelvey in the middle of the park for the Toon, but looked a shadow of his former Premier League self during the 2-2 draw at St. James’ Park.
Goals from Bristol City attackers Aaron Wilbraham and David Cotterill put the Robins 2-0 up at half-time, but the Toon came back thanks to strikes from Jonjo Shelvey and Ciaran Clark.
Former Sunderland midfielder Colback was largely passive in his play, looking to pass the ball sideways or backwards at every opportunity before being substituted just before the hour mark.
Newcastle fans were disappointed with their versatile midfielder’s performance, as he continues to replace the injured Isaac Hayden in central midfield.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Colback subbed and we immediately score…. #NUFC
— Daniel Hooley (@DanielH19) February 25, 2017
Take colback off and boom magic happens #NUFC
— Si (@Syheatz) February 25, 2017
We score after Colback subbed off? Says it all. #nufc
— Tommy (@tommyfr96) February 25, 2017
— JOHN LEWIS (@JOHNDLEWIS54) February 25, 2017
work he does goes unseen I think. Box to box and keeps the ball moving all the time. Forwards! Not backwards like colback!
— Fletty (@Steveyflett) February 25, 2017
Dummett and Colback are gonna retire at Newcastle aren't they ????????????
— ???? (@LiamSweeney_) February 25, 2017
What does Jack Colback offer us at home to Bristol City? Answers on a postcard
— Jesus_of_Gallowgate (@Jesus_AD1892) February 25, 2017
Colback has made 23 league and cup appearances for the Toon this season, as he plays second fiddle to first-choice pairing Shelvey and Hayden in the north east club’s midfield.
Newcastle’s number four is expected to remain in the side to face promotion rivals Brighton on Tuesday night, with ex-Arsenal ace Hayden still suffering from an ankle injury.
In other Newcastle news, here are three things we learned from the Toon’s draw against Lee Johnson’s Robins.