Newcastle Captain leads from front – Says hard work in training paid off on Tuesday
Ciaran Clark scored the vital goal only three minutes after West Brom went two up.
Without such a quick response you have to feel it would have been all but impossible for Newcastle to make that comeback, which eventually produced a point.
Captain for the night, Ciaran Clark believes that hard work behind the scenes eventually paid off, with the defender thinking that Newcastle haven’t carried much luck in games such as Tuesday and even the 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford.
Clark is my idea of a captain and was player of the season when getting promotion last season in my opinion.
If Lascelles is fit then fair enough but in his absence, I think Jonjo Shelvey has enough to think about taking care of his own game, not striking me as captain material.
With his goal on Tuesday it makes Ciaran Clark joint top scorer with Lascelles and Joselu on two goals, just where we would be at without so many goals from set-pieces doesn’t bear thinking about.
Clark says he and the rest of the players will take belief from the fightback against West Brom and they need plenty of belief to keep Chelsea at bay.
They may have only beaten Swansea 1-0 on Wednesday night but Chelsea had 21 shots (Swansea 2), 10 on target (none for Swansea) and 15 corners (1 for Swansea).
“We know ourselves as players that the run we have been on has not really been good enough from our end but we tried to stay focused and working hard.
“We haven’t stopped doing that in training and it’s obviously paid off.
“We knew at some point it would and to come back from two goals down…it obviously has.
“It’s going to be a tough one on Saturday (against Chelsea) but we will take great belief out of the second-half performance and bring it into the game at the weekend.
“We started the season really well, and being promoted, there is maybe a little bit of pressure.
“But we just try to do the best we can, that’s all we can do as players.
“As players, and as a club, we try to do the best we can each week, and hopefully it will be good enough.
“We’ll take a lot from the way we fought back (at West Brom), even in the first half at Man Utd, we played really well, and there were positives there too.
“We were maybe a bit unlucky to go in a goal down at half-time (v Man Utd) and it was similar against West Brom really.
“We did alright in the first half and didn’t feel too threatened – I know they hit the crossbar once but we just have to take belief from this now, get prepared in training and get ready for the game on Saturday.”
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