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Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback admits he is still hurting from the last derby clash at Newcastle

Jack Colback: Admits last season's derby disappointment still stings

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Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback will be out for revenge in the upcoming Wear-Tyne derby after admitting the club's last encounter with Newcastle still haunts him.

The Black Cats were denied their first victory in the fixture since October 2008 at St James' Park in March when Shola Ameobi netted a last-gasp equaliser for the hosts to seal a 1-1 draw.

Colback is hoping Sunderland can erase the hurt of that encounter when they host the Magpies at the Stadium of Light after the international break.

He told Journal Live: "We can't wait for the derby. I thought we should have won at least one of the derby matches last season.

"The game at St James' Park still stings a little bit. I'm not one for looking back, but it was really disappointing to concede so late on as we did that day."

Colback has lamented the timing of the current international break, which is the third of the season, with several members of Martin O'Neill's squad away with their respective countries.

He added: "It's unfortunate that we have had another international break. This is our third and it's really made the season a bit stop-start.

"The break has given the derby game a big build up and that's fine. It's a game we are really looking forward to.

"It is difficult when there are only a few boys left behind for training when the rest are away on international duty. There is usually just six or seven of us left behind. Normally the other guys get back a few days at most before the next game, which this time is the derby, so it is difficult but you get on it."