JACK Colback couldn’t wait to leave the pitch at Sunderland after suffering a second successive defeat against the club he started his career with.
Taunted and abused from the moment he stepped off Newcastle United’s team coach at the Stadium of Light, Colback got the kind of reception he must surely have expected.
Taunted and abused from the moment he stepped off the coachFootball writer Daniel Prince
Ten months may have passed since he made the hugely controversial decision to swap Sunderland for Newcastle, but this was the first chance for Wearside to show him exactly what they thought of his move. And they gave him both barrels.
After another dispiriting derby day surrender from Newcastle, in which Colback was one of the few players to emerge with any credit to his name, it’s little wonder he was one of the first down the tunnel at the end.
He had not played particularly poorly, but nor had he been given the chance to influence the game significantly from his makeshift left-back role.
Colback was missed dearly in midfield, where he has been such a steady influence in his debut season with the Magpies.
However, he did not shirk responsibility and he did not hide, unlike some of his Newcastle team-mates.
The 25-year-old does not seem like the type of character to crave the spotlight, and although he must have known what was coming after choosing to swap Wearside for Tyneside, it cannot have been a comfortable afternoon for him.
He was even almost hit by an object – which appeared to be a golf ball – thrown from the crowd, while the home fans revelled in his second half booking.
No-one of a black and white persuasion will be hurt more than Colback at a fifth derby defeat in a row, and the fact another goalless game from the Magpies extends another unwanted record.
The last Newcastle scorer in the fixture? Jack Colback, wearing a Sunderland shirt in the third game of that sequence, last February.
It promises to be a long, agonising wait before United get yet another chance to start putting things right.