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Tuesday 28 February 2012

Colback calls for Black Cats response

Sunderland midfielder wants team to bounce back from West Brom defeat

Sunderland suffered their heaviest defeat of the season against West Brom on Saturday

Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback has called on his team to bounce back from the defeat at West Bromwich Albion when they take on Newcastle United in Sunday's derby.

The Black Cats travel to the Sports Direct Arena eager to erase the memories of the painful 4-0 Barclays Premier League loss at the Hawthorns.

Sunderland had gone into the match on a good run of form having lost only two of their previous nine matches in the competition.

"We've turned teams over before and they have bounced back; now that's something we need to do"
- Jack Colback

But Sunderland, who have been resurgent under the stewardship of manager Martin O'Neill, suffered their fourth League defeat of his tenure with the help of two goals from Baggies striker Peter Odemwingie.

"It was a disappointing one at West Brom, especially as we went down there with a lot of confidence and hoping to get another win," Colback told the club's official website.

"The early goal was key, as it always is when playing at home. The fans got right behind them and we didn't recover. We didn't turn up, really.

"The nature of this League is that you're not going to win every game. We've turned teams over before and they have bounced back; now that's something we need to do."

Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole said the defeat had not dented confidence in the dressing room.

"Confidence is still high," he said. "When the manager took over, if he could have been put in this position with everything as it is then I'm sure he would've been very happy.

"We're in the quarter-finals of the Cup and are still aiming for the top half of the table. I don't think we'll be too far away.

"To go from the high of beating Arsenal in the Cup to going [to West Brom] and putting on a poor show just isn't like us.

"We're disappointed but we will come back from it."

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Key Points

  • Sunderland lost 4-0 at West Brom on Saturday
  • Midfielder Jack Colback says team must respond against Newcastle
  • Skipper Lee Cattermole says confidence has not been dented by the loss