Jack knows the score

SUPER sub Jack Colback will never forget his first senior goal, bagged within eight minutes of being thrown into the fray by Ipswich boss Roy Keane at Doncaster on Saturday.

Carl Marston

SUPER sub Jack Colback will never forget his first senior goal, bagged within eight minutes of being thrown into the fray by Ipswich boss Roy Keane at Doncaster on Saturday.

And yet Colback's memories, from this topsy-turvy Championship clash, will not be all sweetness and light.

Town's teenage midfielder, on loan from Sunderland until January, was in dreamland when crashing home his landmark goal at the Keepmoat Stadium.

His 66th minute cracker levelled the score at 1-1, and when Lee Martin later tucked home Town's third to make it 3-2 with 11 minutes remaining, a first league win of the season looked on the cards. However, Quinton Fortune's late wonder goal snatched a point for plucky Rovers.

“It feels like a defeat, even though it was a draw,” admitted Colback.

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“I thought we were unlucky not to win. We should have hung on at 3-2 up so late in the day, but we will still take a lot of positives from this game.

“I think this was a step forward today. Everybody has been training well, which the public don't get to see, and we are looking better in matches.

“We just need to get those first three points, and that little bit of luck.

“I can definitely see it coming. The manager is so confident, and that really helps. We're slowly turning it around, and the spirit is high, as I think you could see from this game.

“Our celebrations after scoring the third goal showed our passion, and desire to win. We are all very determined to turn it around

“Scoring some scrappy goals usually wins you games, and when we got the third, that should have been enough.

“But you have to remember that it's a very long season,” added Colback.

Newcastle-born Colback's crisp left-footed finish, which fizzed into the bottom corner of the net, was his first goal in seven senior outings for Town. He is yet to make an appearance for his parent club Sunderland.

And he took great delight in scoring in front of Town's 910 travelling supporters.

“That's my first senior goal. John Walters won the header and I ran onto it,” confirmed Colback.

“I was pleased to see it go in. I suppose it was a precision finish. I caught it well and could see that it was on target. It went in off the post, so it was perfect.

“Of course I felt all the emotions, scoring right in front of our fans. It went in very quickly.

“Some of my family watched me play at Middlesbrough last weekend, but they weren't here today to see me score, which is a pity,” added Colback.

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