Oct 21, 2012 at 1.30pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
NewcastleNewcastle United
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Jack Colback aware of derby importance

Jack Colback
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Jack Colback reveals the importance that a derby match between Sunderland and Newcastle holds for the supporters.

Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback has insisted that he is fully aware how much this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby meeting with Newcastle United means to the club's supporters.

Having been born in the area and spent the majority of his professional career with the Black Cats, the 22-year-old has admitted that he also knows what a positive result can do for the team's confidence.

"Being from up here I know how much it means to the fans," he told the club's official website. "When the fixtures come out the first ones they look for are the derbies.

"The games are always big and intense, but we've got players right through our squad who have been involved in derbies.

"It's an intense atmosphere and you can really feel it. These games are intense affairs and there's a lot of pressure, but they're the games you want to be involved in as a professional footballer."

Sunderland are currently 13th in the Premier League table.

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