Colback: Early goal was key

by Kate Smith

Jack reflects on home win.

Midfielder Jack Colback admits that James McClean’s early goal in the win over Reading gave Sunderland the best start they could have imagined. 

The Irishman remained composed to coolly slot home a rebound shot from Adam Johnson’s corner to set the Black Cats on their way to victory after just three minutes on the clock. 

The dressing room is a much nicer place after picking up three points.

- Jack Colback

Colback admitted: “That early goal was just what we needed to calm the nerves; it was important not to let Reading score first as they would have taken the momentum and it would then have been up to us to try and break them down.

“James always pops up with important goals and that was just what he did tonight.”

Steven Fletcher notched his seventh goal of the season inside the first half, before a late, late Stephane Sessegnon goal cemented the win for Sunderland.

“It was a good team performance,” Colback continued. “We have been playing, well but just not getting the results.

“We know we can play well and we’ve stayed positive and it’s worked in our favour.

“I think the team had forgotten what it felt like to win a game - the dressing room is a much nicer place after picking up three points,” he added.

“It was a massive game and we knew we needed to win it and we went out there and produced on the night.

“The fans were fantastic – as they were on Saturday – they stayed with us. We know if we play well and give the fans what they want to see they’ll stick with us – they’re some of the best in the league.”