We deserved to be locked in the dressing room - Town star

IPSWICH TOWN: Jack Colback doesn’t want a repeat tonight of the tongue-lashing the Blues players experienced on their last visit to Vicarage Road.

Colback is set to make a return to the Town squad (kick-off 7.45pm) after his Friday loan move from Sunderland having scored in the 2-1 defeat at Watford last Spring.

Manager Roy Keane locked the dressing room for an hour before his players trooped out into a deserted stadium with their tails between their legs.

“Yes, the manager had some harsh words and we deserved it that night,” said Colback.

“Every manager reacts that way at times, and what we must do is to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

“The gaffer brought the best out of me and it was a no brainer when I was given a chance to return.

“After a much better start to this season the lads are going into tonight’s match with a lot of confidence and expecting to do well.”

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Colback, who says he feels fit after playing in competitive reserve football at Sunderland, is aware of the challenge he faces to get back into a Town side that he played 41 games for last season and notched five goals.

There is a spot to fill at left back in the injury absence of Mark Kennedy and Darren O’Dea, and Colback went on: “I’ll be happy to play there tonight, but I know it will be hard to get back into the side with the team now having the success I expected last season.”

He was expected to make an impression on the Premier League this term having made his top flight debut in the final game of last season for Sunderland.

“I received positive feedback in pre-season, but this not materialise into a first team opportunity,” added Colback, whose only senior outing was as substitute against Colchester in the Carling Cup.

“The team was doing well and it was hard to break in.

“Steve Bruce said I could go out and play games and enjoy myself, and it was a no brainer deciding to come back to Ipswich.

“This is what I am going to concentrate on, and if that leads to a loan extension in January then I will take than when it comes.

“Steve Bruce said he would take a look at the situation when I return, and he wished me well.”

Colback, who signed a two-year Sunderland contract extension in the summer that takes him to the end of the 2012/13 campaign, says he is ready to handle the extra pressure put on him on his Portman Road return.

The player who will be 21 on Sunday, added: “More will be expected of me but I think I can thrive on that.

“I have come back in confident mood and the Ipswich manager, players and fans have always been great towards me.

“Hopefully I can help the club stay in the play-off places and having had one taste of Premier League football of course I want some more.”

Keane was not committing himself to start with Colback tonight saying: “We’ll have to be careful with Jack as he’s not played a lot of football – we cannot expect miracles.

“But I’m glad to have him back – he’s a good lad.”

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