Jack Colback reflects on his first goal in more than a year – and it's importance for Newcastle

Jack Colback
Jack Colback

Jack Colback's hoping his first goal in more than a year will prove to be an important one.

Colback claimed a point for Newcastle United on Saturday with his equaliser against Liverpool at Anfield.

Second-half strikes from Colback and Papiss Colback cancelled out first-half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.

And Colback – whose previous goal had come against Tottenham Hotspur last April – met a right-wing cross from Andros Townsend, and his shot took a deflection off Dejan Lovren on its way past Simon Mignoelt, the midfielder's former Sunderland team-mate.

Rafa Benite'z players were applauded off the pitch after the 2-2 draw.

"I saw the space on the edge of the box when the ball came down the right," said the 26-year-old.

"I took a gamble. They saw to fall for you at the right time at times. Luckily it did.

"I managed to get a good connection. It took a little nick and went in. It could be a good point."

Benitez's side remain 19th in the Premier League, a point adrift of 17th-placed Sunderland, who have a game in hand over United.

Asked how important the point could prove to be for Newcastle, Colback told BBC Radio Newcastle: "We'll see at the end of the season.

"It was important to try and keep the momentum going.

"The start of the game wasn't ideal, but we showed our character and got a point.

"It would have been easy to lose our heads at 2-0.

"With the away form this season, you thought was it going to be another one of those days.

"But we said at half time we've got to show belief and keep going.

"We did that. We knew how important the third goal was going to be and we managed to get that and grow in confidence."