Ciaran Clark was Newcastle’s best defender throughout the promotion season, once he got his chance, and he has start this Premier League campaign in the same vein.
With Mbemba now out injured, the Irish defender waits to see whether he will play centre-back or move to left-back, but either way, he feels the players have managed to adapt ok so far, with the likes of Lejeune, Dummett and Yedlin already missing this season.
The West Ham match saw an excellent 3-0 win and once again Ciaran Clark was at the heart of the action, saving a goal at one end with a clearance off the line after Elliot’s mistake, then going up the other end to score the crucial second goal.
The defender experienced disappointment with defeat to Serbia and Mitrovic earlier this week but he says on returning to the training ground ‘it feels like a positive vibe’.
Whilst Mike Ashley has shackled Rafa Benitez in his attempts to make the necessary signings this summer, Ciaran Clark acknowledges that Swansea fans are excited to see both Bony and Sanches after their late transfer arrivals, following the arrivals of Clucas, Abraham and Mesa.
However, Clark insists that it won’t ‘faze’ he and his teammates as they prepare to face yet another club who have shown far more ambition in the summer transfer window.
Ciaran Clark talking to NUFC TV:
“We wanted to get points on the board after two tricky games and we managed to do that (against West Ham).”
‘Did it feel like things were starting to come together in the West Ham game?’
“I think so, we played really well and created chances, put them under a lot of pressure and forced them to make mistakes.
“We managed to capitalise and it was something we worked on in training.
“Injuries are frustrating for the manager because he works on players in certain positions and injuries force him to change.
“We have adapted and hopefully we can build on West Ham.
“Swansea will be a tough game and they have made signings in the window.
“We just want to go and give a positive performance.
“Their fans will be excited to see the new lads in action but it won’t faze us. We’ll just go down there and do our jobs.
“We did take confidence from West Ham and it was nice going into the break knowing we had points on the board.
“Coming back in, it feels like a positive vibe.
“We want to get as many points on the board as early as we can, so it’s a good place to go and try to carry on the momentum.”