Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback believes Sunday’s shock win over Tottenham shows what the Magpies can do when they pull together in the same direction.
Newcastle’s 2-1 win at White Hart Lane saw Steve McClaren’s side register back-to-back wins for the first time since November 2014 and climb out of the Premier League relegation zone, into 15th in the table. More importantly, they top our list of weekend winners.
Spurs looked on course for an expected three points when Eric Dier headed home in the first half but goals from Newcastle substitutes Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez in the final 16 minutes completed a remarkable turnaround.
The Magpies have been criticised this season for a lack of work rate and commitment but Colback believes the display at Tottenham shows what can be achieved when the players work together.
“It shows that when we’re all at it, when we’re all focussed and concentrating, when we’re all together as a unit, we can be very difficult to beat,” Colback told nufc.co.uk.
“We are a good team. We showed that against Liverpool and again (at Tottenham).
“We came here with a game plan to be compact and it looked to be working until we conceded. But we showed our character to come back and win.”
Tottenham were the better side in the first half but Newcastle emerged a different team after the interval, pressing harder and passing faster to assume control of the contest.
“The first half was difficult. They have a really good set-up here where they work so hard to win the ball, give you no time or space and then when they have it they keep it very well,” Colback said.
“At half-time we said that it’s only 1-0 and that we were still very much in the game.
“Then in the second half the game opened up a bit, we were able to express ourselves a bit more and we got the two goals.
“We got the equaliser from the set-piece and a point would have been a great result here, we would have been happy with that, but you always hope that you will be able to nick it.
“And when the ball fell to Ayo he was able to win the game for us – that was a massive bonus.
“It’s a fantastic win. To come here, against a team who had only lost once all season was brilliant. That can really push us on. We’ve got back-to-back victories now and have to build on this.”