Ciaran Clark was a happy, and relieved, player after Newcastle came away with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool.

Usually unflappable and easily Newcastle’s best defender 90% of the time, the former Villa player got away with a horrendous air kick just after half-time, though to his relief Rob Elliot made a good save.

There were another couple of shaky moments for Ciaran Clark but with Newcastle defending for most of the game, there were always going to anxious moments, though the centre-back still thinks ‘it was a deserved point’.

The team spirit shone through and this was epitomised by the excellent DeAndre Yedlin who used his blistering pace a number of times to save the situation and his teammates, including Ciaran Clark, when covering across the backline.

For all Liverpool dominated possession, Clark says ‘I can’t remember them having too many chances’, though admits at the same time ‘We maybe got a bit of luck…but it was all deserved’.

Sky Sports decided to focus on and dissect a couple of corners where there was the usual pushing, pulling, and shoving, with Ciaran Clark at the heart of these instances.

However, if this was the best the broadcaster could do to indicate Liverpool were supposedly hard done by, then it shows what a good job Newcastle did overall.

A valuable and deserved point to go into the international break with.

Clark heading off with the Republic of Ireland for their vital final two World Cup group qualifiers.

Ciaran Clark talking to the official club site:

“It was a deserved point.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game going into it, but we did our work in the week leading up to it, we had a game plan and we tried to stick to it as much as we could.

“The whole ground were singing the manager’s name and the players listened to him during the week. He looks into teams and he knows what their strengths and weaknesses are.

“He has worked on it all week with us in training and he’s got it spot on.

“We felt we were quite comfortable – we got everyone back behind the ball, everyone worked hard, and that started from the front all the way to the back.

“I can’t remember them having too many chances. Obviously there was one where it was my fault, when I left Robbie (Elliot) in the lurch a little bit, but he managed to pull off a good save.

“Apart from that, there weren’t too many – wasn’t a lot Robbie could do about the goal, it was a great strike and that’s the quality they have.

“At the time it was obviously a bit disappointing because we knew it was going to be a battle to get back in, but it was a great ball from Jonjo into Jos, nice to see the ball go in the back of the net.

“Starting the season losing the first two, we’ve managed to turn it round really well.

“We’re in a really good position at the moment but we don’t want to stop there – we want to keep going and keep working hard.

“We knew it was going to be a tough season for us with all of the quality in the Premier League but we wanted to be playing against the best teams and the best players.

“That’s what we’ve come up against today – It was a tough game but we managed to hold our own out there.

“We maybe got a bit of luck…but it was all deserved.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1


Newcastle: Joselu 36

Liverpool: Coutinho 29

Possession was Liverpool 68% Newcastle 32%

Total shots were  Liverpool 17 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Liverpool 2 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Liverpool 5 Newcastle 1

Referee: Craig Pawson

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Merino (Hayden 74), Atsu (Diame 90+1), Perez, Joselu (Gayle 79)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Lejeune, Murphy, Gamez

Crowd: 52,303 (approx 3,000 Liverpool)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1 HERE)

(Garth Crooks says Liverpool should have ‘smashed’ Newcastle. Read it HERE)

(Read Rafa’s post-match reaction HERE)

(Read Jurgen Klopp’s post-match reaction HERE)

(Danny Murphy pushes Jonjo Shelvey for England HERE)

(Read the fan player ratings of all Newcastle players HERE)

(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the match HERE)

  • ghostrider

    I love his attitude and generally how cool he is on the ball.
    Yeah, of course he’s going to make some blunders at times. Some he’ll get away with, like yesterday and odd occasions he will get punished for them.
    Guess what?
    Most defenders will face this….especially defenders in teams that are up against the money bag teams full of top quality offensive talent bombarding you.

    Our position in the league and our goals conceded tells us what an asset he is and the rest, obviously.

    It makes me glad to have players like Clark who give you everything and don’t go hiding when the chips are down or the defending is hot.
    If top strikers can do air kicks from 3 yards out from goal then defenders are more than capable of doing the same, defensively and offensively.

    Ciaran Clark….TOP MAN.

    • Wor Lass

      I completely agree with what you say but I still wonder if Rafa might give him a rest. It`s the perfect chance to give Lejeune another run out and Lascelles is playing really well at the minute.

      • ghostrider

        It’s very possible because Rafa will have to rotate for definite, regardless.
        It’s possible that it might happen with these internationals coming up where Clark is involved, so this could potentially be his rest time.

        The good thing about it all is, I don’t have an issue with our centre back’s….all 4 of them, so I’d feel fairly confident in whatever change is implemented.
        I can’t even remember having 4 decent cb’s to choose from.

        I’m sure Rafa will have it all in hand.

  • Wor Lass

    I like Ciaran Clark – over the last season and a bit he definitely has been our best defender but he`s looked a little susceptible to lapses of concentration in the last couple of games. Before any smartasses step in and accuse me of jumping on the bandwagon with his air shot, I did say this on a couple of posts last week before the Liverpool game. Lejeune is fit now and Clark will be away playing with N Ireland so I suspect Rafa might take the opportunity to give him a break and let him recharge his batteries after the international break and have another look at Lejeune in the PL.

    • Rich Lawson

      Does he and Elliot not play for The Republic ?

      • Wor Lass

        Yes, you`re right, Rich. I was sure it was the other lot!

  • Rob Brown

    Cant remember them having too many chances?

    I seem to remember the ball pinging around the box quite a bit, on the ground, inside the 6 yard box, towards the end.

    If he can’t remember that he must have been concussed.

  • Philippines

    De Yedlin “Blistering pace” – maybe we should convert him to a forward? SuperMac started as a fullback. He used to stand on the halfway line when his mates were defending corners and the opposition had to put two players alongside him. If a big boot came his way there were few defenders could keep up with him or knock him off the ball.