Colback reflects on campaign

by Stuart Vose

'Overall it was a disappointing season for us'

Jack Colback is looking to kick on after what he admits was a “disappointing” 2012-13 season.

The midfielder, a product of the club’s Academy, was a regular once again in midfield and at left-back.

Colback made a total of 40 appearances, taking his career tally for the club to 94.

New head coach Paolo Di Canio achieved his stated goal of Barclays Premier League survival, setting up a seventh successive season of top-flight football.

A tough season ended with a narrow defeat to Spurs at White Hart Lane as a depleted Sunderland side were downed by a late Gareth Bale goal.

And Colback says Di Canio will be looking to put some more of his own ideas into practice to guide his side up the top-flight table in 2013-14.

“We were disappointed to end with a defeat; obviously we wanted to go down there and make it hard for them and we did well until [Gareth] Bale popped up at the end,” he said.

“Overall it was a disappointing season for us. We expected a lot more and certainly didn’t expect to be scrapping.

“The new gaffer has come in now, he’s got his own ideas and I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to starting a fresh campaign.”

The immediate aftermath of Di Canio’s appointment saw wins over Newcastle and Everton – bagging six valuable points which would prove crucial to retaining the club’s top-flight status.

The pair of victories gave the squad an immediate boost, but Colback lamented the fact that further wins didn’t follow, particularly given that a tightly-bunched division meant the Black Cats finished only seven points outside the top 10.

“The win away at Newcastle was brilliant for us at the time and great for the fans because we owed the fans a win over them.

“To follow up against Everton gave us a great lift which is why it was a bit of a shame we couldn’t get wins against Southampton and Stoke at home.

“We could’ve easily finished top ten but it’s a tough league and every game is tough, the main thing was, when we found ourselves in that position, the main thing was to stay up and we achieved that.”