JACK Colback says Newcastle United have no fear – after a fearless performance against Chelsea.
Colback and his team-mates ended the Premier League leaders’ 23-game unbeaten run at St James’s Park on Saturday.
Two goals from Papiss Demba Cisse gave Newcastle a 2-1 victory.
And the result has buoyed Alan Pardew and his players ahead of a tough run of league and cup games.
Saturday’s league fixture against faltering Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium is followed by a Capital One Cup quarter-final away to Tottenham Hotspur.
United then face derby rivals Sunderland at St James’s Park on December 21 ahead of a Boxing Day visit to Manchester United.
Colback, however, isn’t fazed by the daunting run of games, and the midfielder says Newcastle will give their opponents just the right amount of respect.
“I think we’ve shown that we’ve not really feared anyone,” Colback told the Gazette.
“We came out and gave them the respect they deserve, but not too much respect. If you give them too much respect, they’ll pass it round and brush you away like they have done to many sides.
“We got amongst them, tackled and competed. We showed our quality going forward as well.”
Spirited Newcastle ended the Chelsea game with 10 men after the dismissal of defender Steven Taylor.
And Colback felt the performance underlined the defensive solidity which has been the bedrock of the seventh-placed club’s recent league revival.
“It was a tough game – we knew it was going to be tough – as they’ve got quality in every position,” said the 25-year-old, signed from Sunderland on a free transfer in the summer.
“But we showed a lot of confidence out there.
“We were solid, which as been the basis for our good form. We were solid at the back, and defended as a unit.
“We defended well all game. It was always going to be tough towards the end, especially when they got that goal.
“It gave them a bit of momentum. When Didier Drogba came on, he was a real handful in the air. He showed how good he still is.
“But we held on, and everyone’s buzzing with the three points.
“We showed again we’ve got quality going forward.”
Colback himself was the pick of Newcastle’s midfield, and he started the move for Cisse’s all-important second goal by tackling Eden Hazard, who had a quiet game.
“You’re testing yourself against the best in the league,” said Killingworth-born Colback.
“Obviously, I just managed to win the ball off Hazard. I was trying to tackle him early as I didn’t fancy running back with him! I was on my last legs!
“I managed to play Moussa (Sissoko) in, and his ball deflected kindly for Papiss. When it’s going for you, it goes for you.
“Papiss and Ayo (Ayoze Perez) pop up at the right moments. It’s great to have a finisher, where if they get one or two chances, they’re going to put one away.
“We wanted to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible. It’s always a great game, especially at home.
“The fans were up for it – they carried us over the line in the second half.
“It was a great day for the club and the team to get a win against the best team in the league.”