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Ciaran Clark points the finger of blame after Forest nightmare

4 years ago
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Ciaran Clark watched in disbelief at what unfolded at the City Ground on Friday night.

As always, the Newcastle defender was at the heart of the action and in no way deserved to be on the losing side.

As well as an excellent battling display at the back, Ciaran Clark was denied an obvious penalty when hauled to the ground, whilst also scoring a perfectly good goal that the referee decided to cancel out – adding to his list of crimes against the black and whites.

Players usually veer away from discussing match officials but on occasions like this, it is all but impossible.

Ciaran Clark says simply that ‘a number of the decisions tonight were wrong’, which is pretty mild considering the facts.

Missing out on the draw, which Clark says would have been ‘a massive result’ in the circumstances, means that Brighton will go top if winning at Cardiff this afternoon.

As the Irish international declares though, it is all about ‘we will regroup now, go again next week and prepare for another big game (Birmingham at home)’.

Ciaran Clark speaking to the official club website:

“I haven’t seen it (Clark’s disallowed goal) back but I think the ref just blew up and said that I’d fouled the player marking me – but as far as I can remember I don’t think there was a foul there at all. It could have been a big turning point in the game.

“It was a big game, and in this league, all of the decisions have to be spot-on – they have to be right.

I think we felt that a number of the decisions tonight were wrong. At the end of the day, it’s down to the ref, and his linesmen, as they make the calls. But on our side, far too many of them went against us and were wrong.

“Coming out for the second half, we knew what we were in for – going 1-0 up with nine men, it was always going to be a tough task holding on.

“We knew at 1-1 we had to hold on for the draw and that would have been a massive result for us.

We showed a lot of pride out there, we all stuck together to the end. We’ll try and take those positives from the game but in the end it’s disappointing.

“We’ve worked hard this week and I know we didn’t play as well as we would have liked against Blackburn – but against Hull and today we showed a lot of pride.

“We will regroup now, go again next week and prepare for another big game.”

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