Lee Clark believes this is ‘The moment it changed for Newcastle’
Lee Clark has been reflecting on Newcastle United’s season so far.
A key player in Newcastle’s revival under Kevin Keegan back in the 90s, Clark has identified the moment this season which he believes has led to turning things around.
Describing it as the ‘watershed moment’, Lee Clark thinks getting hammered 5-0 by Leicester led to a make or break moment.
Everybody pulling together to then beat Man Utd in the following match, which has now led to a run of three wins and a draw in these past five matches, having only picked up five points in the opening seven games.
Clark thinks that the team’s character was personified when they fought back from 1-0 down to beat Bournemouth in the last game.
The 20+ minutes after Bournemouth scored was probably the key to the win, as if the visitors had got a second goal at that point, it was surely game over.
The team were gritty and also carried the luck, at both ends of the pitch, especially the two goals.
What that game and indeed most other matches have shown this season, is that there are very small margins between winning and losing for NUFC.
Here’s hoping fortune continues to smile on Newcastle United, although a few goals from the attacking trip wouldn’t do any harm either.
Lee Clark talking to Tribal Football:
“I think Newcastle’s watershed moment for me was the Leicester performance and result.
“When that happened I think Steve (Bruce) must have sat down with his staff and players and have had individual and team meetings to get to the bottom of why things weren’t particularly starting so well.
“And I think from the performances that I’ve seen since Leicester that seems like a bit of a watershed moment in terms of what they are trying to do.
“I hope they can continue the momentum they’ve got.
“And I’ve got faith that they can because of what was shown in the last game against Bournemouth.
“The visitors started brilliantly in the first 20 minutes and scored a perfect goal off the training ground. But instead of shrinking, Newcastle showed the character that they have now.
“They withstood the pressure from a real good footballing side and eventually came back into the game, grabbing an equaliser and then the win.
“It showed to me that they’ve got the character to not only respond to a setback, but come back from that setback and win games, which is what they’ll need to do this season.”
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