Ciaran Clark thinks Newcastle are in a run of games that will decide their season.

Most supporters will have been hoping/expecting to get seven points for the Brighton, Stoke and Swansea matches.

With only a point on Saturday, the pressure is really on today at Stoke to get all three points, before then moving on to Swansea on 13 January.

With Manchester City at the Etihad lying in wait after this trio of matches, the pressure is on.

Ciaran Clark says he was disappointed not to get the win against Brighton but difficult to agree with his assessment of what happened after the break on Saturday.

Clark saying ‘We had them penned back in their half, we were picking up the second balls and it was like attack after attack.’

Newcastle had the odd moment but when a solid defensive team like Brighton show up, there is not a lot of creativity to break them down.

Signings are desperately needed this month but the Stoke game comes before any help could potentially arrive.

Three points today will help make that Premier League table look so much better.

Ciaran Clark:

“We knew coming into these games…Brighton, Stoke and then Swansea, that they were big.

“These are the sorts of games that will ultimately affect where we finish towards the end of the season, so we need to make sure we try to pick up points against the teams in and around us and make sure we’re in front of them.

“It’s very tight, one or two wins and you pull yourself away from it.

“Every game is important and we know that Stoke on Monday is a massive game, they’re under a lot of pressure themselves and they’ll be wanting to pick up points.

“We’re disappointed not to come off the pitch with three points today, but at the end of it it’s a point and a clean sheet, so we’ll move on from that and hopefully use the positives out of it to get the win at Stoke.

“(After the break) We had them penned back in their half, we were picking up the second balls and it was like attack after attack.

“We had a couple of chances but never really found that clear chance to cut them open and finish them off, which is obviously disappointing.

“We knew before the game that Brighton were a dangerous side from set-pieces.

“They’ve got a big team and it’s not just the first ball, it’s the headers coming back in across the box.

We had to be alive for the second balls and Karl had to make some great saves, comfortable ones, but he held on to them well and it relieved a lot of pressure off us.

“It was a good performance in the fact that we kept a clean sheet, but we have to move on now.”

  • Geordiegiants

    From 11th to 20th it’s going to be tight all season, it was always going to be like that.

  • Paul Patterson

    If he thinks that the Brighton game was a classic example of attacking football then he needs to have a lie down . .

  • Phil Yare

    meanwhile on planet earth……

  • gallowgate26

    I think if we win these two games then we’ll scrape another 10-15 points between Man City and the end of the season to survive. 36 I think will keep us up. Lose either of these games and I think we are down, I really do. It’s not just points lost, it’s 3 points and impetus to direct relegation rivals, who are really, really struggling.

    • Phil Yare

      i think we were down the minute he started playing joselu and brought diame back into the frame.
      if we had kept the 45m or whatever was spent and kept rubbish like gouffran and anita we wouldn’t be any worse off.
      if he’d played gayle and mitro together from the start we’d be far better off than seeing perez fall over or joselu lose the ball for the 10th consecutive time

      • Geordiegiants

        Sort of make sense, but it needed freshening up.

  • Danimal

    I’m trying not to panic. Four points from the last three games. Four points from the next three would keep us ticking over. It was never going to be easy. I’m not devastated by the Brighton result, if only we could have hung on for “disappointing” goalless draws with Bournemouth at home and Brighton away.