Jack Colback has urged his Newcastle team-mates to respond positively to their 4-1 defeat at Arsenal by winning their “two massive games” coming up this week.
The Magpies went to the Emirates Stadium on a high after ending Chelsea’s 23-game unbeaten run in all competitions a week earlier thanks to a 2-1 win at St James’ Park.
However, they were never in the game against Arsene Wenger’s Gunners as Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla both grabbed a brace apiece in a thumping win.
Ayoze Perez did pull a goal back to make it 3-1 but Alan Pardew’s side could have no complaints at full-time and they now have to focus on Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane before a Tyne-Wear derby showdown with Sunderland to follow on home soil on Sunday.
Colback, who left the Black Cats to make the short move to Newcastle in the summer, told the Daily Mail: “It’s a massive week.
“We have to forget about that performance. They out-played us and won all their battles. We weren’t quite at it and were a bit off the pace. Maybe we didn’t show Arsenal enough respect.
“But these are two massive games now. We’ve got to put things right. But we have shown character to bounce back all season, just look at the win we got against Chelsea.”
Newcastle are 4.35 to win at Tottenham in the 1×2 market, while the hosts are 1.76 and the draw is 3.55.
Pardew’s men are 1.97 to defeat Sunderland, who are 3.87 to win on Tyneside for a third straight season. The draw is 3.29.