Proud Newcastle Defender Tells It Like It Is


Ciaran Clark has been one of our best players this season and he’s turned ou to be a terrific buy from Aston Villa for just £5M.

Ciaran has come into the side and played very well in central defense with captain Jamaal Lascelles and it’s starting to become a great partnership at the back for Newcastle.

Ciaran had another good game for Newcastle last night at the City Ground and after Jonjo Shelvey had been sent off he scored what looked like perfectly good goal, but the referee called up for a foul – presumably against Ciaran.

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Ciaran Clark – played well again last night

But the TV replays showed there was no foul – so what the referee was thinking we don’t know.

But referee Stephen Martin had a terrible game and he was the headlines after the game and not the first time we have seen atrocious officiating in this lower league.

Ciaran Clark has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site  and he began by talking about his disallowed goal:

“I haven’t seen it back but I think the ref just blew up and said that I’d fouled the player marking me – but as far as I can remember I don’t think there was a foul there at all.”

“It could have been a big turning point in the game.” “It was a big game, and in this league, all of the decisions have to be spot-on – they have to be right.”

“I think we felt that a number of the decisions tonight were wrong. At the end of the day, it’s down to the ref, and his linesmen, as they make the calls.”

“But on our side, far too many of them went against us and were wrong.”

“Coming out for the second half, we knew what we were in for – going 1-0 up with nine men, it was always going to be a tough task holding on.”

“We knew at 1-1 we had to hold on for the draw and that would have been a massive result for us.”

“We showed a lot of pride out there, we all stuck together to the end. We’ll try and take those positives from the game but in the end it’s disappointing.”

“We’ve worked hard this week and I know we didn’t play as well as we would have liked against Blackburn – but against Hull and today we showed a lot of pride.”

“We will regroup now, go again next week and prepare for another big game.”

Those are good words from Ciaran.

After three defeats in a  short six days, our next game is a huge one at home against an in-form Birmingham City side next Saturday.

We need to be pulling together in the same direction – that direction is to get promoted this season and get out of this league.

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35 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #1

    6bettyswallocks // Dec 3, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    https://s.yimg.com/fz/api/res/1.2/r4RaHHvD9lcwmHtekP4EiA–/YXBwaWQ9c3JjaGRkO2g9NDQ2O3E9OTU7dz02MzA-/http://www.london24.com/polopoly_fs/1.2815309.1380196397!/image/3020617200.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_630/3020617200.jpg

    Here is this week’s , “Wit of the week ” picture. As it is very much on theme any foul language is totally acceptable.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Just missed the bus!! 🙂

    Essex Geordie Bill // Dec 3, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    We have 5 games in December starting with Birmingham and ending with NF (can’t bear to write their name in full).

    All are very winnable and that should get us back on track.

    The way we were playing with ten men and no Jonjo gives me the confidence to think we’ll still be the best team in the league.

    Hayden and Colback will be a good pairing imo.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4

    WW…,
    I know it was stupid and it was a huge moment in the game but it’s not lije it was a premedidated foul, he doesn’t deserve any sympathy but at the same time we shouldn’t hang him out to dry.

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Still cant beleive that BS from last night.

    We should have had a pen with clark being pulled down.
    Clark’s goal should have stood.
    Lansbury play acting for both pens, shelvey hardly kicked out although there was a retaliation it should have been a free kick to us and a yellow for both shelvey and lansbury.

    Still proud of the lads we dominated them with 11, and even with 9 we were solid and were a unit.

    Forest were poor and this will paper over cracks

    EFL seriously need to look at the refereeing in this league, he clearly just wanted to make the papers today

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    I thought Lascelles had said he was going to celebrate if he scored at the city ground. What a liar haha

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail
    Aye not hanging him out to dry necessarily but hes probably going to be out for 8 games now all because of his inability to keep his head

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #8

    WW…,
    At least we haven’t got any of those shirking tw@ts who deliberately get themselves sent off anymore.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail
    Well tbf I disagree that players got themselves sent off last season but end of the day results the same hes going to be missing for atleast 3 games likely 8 I just hope hes still got that chef tbh

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #10

    WW

    You don’t think Janmaat contrived a sending off against Swansea?

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  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Everyone shouting for Cardiff today please !
    Yes Welshie that includes you too !

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Ron Knee
    I dont think he was trying to get himself sent off no, I think he was frustrated by getting pulled apart by Montero (who was Messi on that day)

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #13

    WW

    Whatever his motivation, I’m sure he was relieved to be sent off!

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Ron Knee
    Id imagine he was more annoyed that McClaren did nothing to help him out

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #15

    If they both got yellows for leg duelling that would have been about it. Shelveys a bit under the cosh lately.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Talking about yesterday btw

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  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #17

    How’s this for coincidence.

    In our last promotion season Hughton’s NUFC played a Warnock team 3 times.

    Crystal Palace twice and the last game of the season v QPR (Warnock’s new club) at SJP.

    Chris won all 3 games

    Let’s hope that trend is reversed at 1500hrs in Cardiff City Stadium.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #18

    WW…,
    Watch Collocinis sending off against Everton and come back and try and convince me if it’s not deliberate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Jaanmatt against Leicester when Carver accused Willo instead.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #20

    You’ll find it on you tube

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  • Newcastle for alltid

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #21

    I said to my brother, who watched the game with me yesterday, early on that Shelvey had one of his angry matches. He was back to complaining, both on the refs, but also on his teammates. Which is kind of a throwback to how he was when he first arrived at Newcastle. My impression is that in the periods where his confidence is high and he gets the most positive press, that’s when the devil in him shines through. That, or the rain got to him.
    He’s done well the last few months, but as long as he keeps losing his head from time to time the club really needs to decide whether to build a team around that kind of player. I think we are two different sides with and without him. With him, he tends to drag down the tempo to play the long ball, but without him we move the ball quicker. Yesterday I actually preferred our 10-man team after he got sent off.
    But that’s Shelvey – you get heaven or hell.

    Other than that, the game was a mess. Lansbury acted well to get the most out of the penalty situations. But that’s unfortunately a part of football nowadays. Until we get panels and/or video refereeing, human referees will keep getting fooled by acting.
    The first incident, Shelvey showed lack of calm by kicking. He didn’t really hit Lansbury, but Lansbury took advantage – Shelvey got sent off. The second incident wasn’t that bad either, but there was contact, and Lansbury dived – so Dummett got sent off. That’s just how it is with the current situation.

    It was a painful game, but hopefully things will get better. I think we have generally played well, despite our losses in the last few games. It’s all about avoiding stupid situations. The Shelvey matter needs to be sorted out as well, as we don’t need players that brings a bad mood in the team.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail
    Ah Colo I cant defend all that much he wanted away for years and was forced to stay he didnt care about the club in the end

    I thought u meant Janmatt and Williamson tbh

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #23

    WW….,
    I don’t believe for a minute that Willo got himself deliberately sent off.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Look what Aguero has just done with no provocation at all, Shelvey should know better but come on.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Should get a ten game ban for that shite cowardly kernt

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #26

    TWO red cards! Trend-setting NUFC.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Karate kick that was

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Altijd,
    You say it’s become part of the game this play acting. But why hasn’t punching someone in the stomach everytime the ref isn’t looking, it’s because you can get done afterwards if the ref didn’t see it. They have to start punishing people for gabbing their faces after being kicked on the leg or hitting the deck like a ton of bricks after the slightest of touches. It has a knock on effect, kids games are copying this behaviour every week.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail
    Better comparison for Shelvey is the Fabregas incident mate, just dont react

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #30

    WW…,
    You’re right.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail
    Haha barring the end that was a good game

    Willian is too good to sit on the bench though

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  • Newcastle for alltid

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail @28
    I agree. It’s a mess how it is nowadays. For play acting, you should also be punished afterwards – it should follow the same example as punching someone in the stomach. The difference is that punching is violent conduct, and “dangerous”. I get the impression that they’re too lazy to go back and punish other kinds of offences – as they’re not necessarily “dangerous” to other players’ health.

    I’m not entirely for the whole punishing after a game thing. They should instead change the way of refereeing during a game.
    The key problem by punishing AFTER a game by watching the game is that players may receive a ban, a warning, a fine, or similar. But as long as the situation in the game helped them win, that’s a small price to pay. If they want to tamper with the games after they’re played, the real solution would be to have the balls to actually go back to games and dissalow goals lead to by i.e. diving. But I highly doubt they’ll ever do that.

    Anyway, the current situation is not good enough. Either they shouldn’t to anything after the game, or they should be able to do anything. But then the refereeing during the game itself would be kinda pointless. Personally I would rather see a solution during the game where the ref could use replays to make up his mind, or have a panel help him. It would lead to a more “broken” game, but a lot of the stupid parts of the game would be gone, IMO.

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  • TheBoss

    Dec 3, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Well my take on last nights farce by the Ref can be put down to his Steroid Abuse effecting his judgement calls. That and the fact he is another ref who wants to be the center of attention , rather than the match itself. I’ve said it for years , ex players who retire in their early thirties or have had their career cut short by injury should be referee’s. Then and only then will the game be rid of all these con artists. Ex players know every trick in the book and will not be conned by these con artists who are turning the game into a shambles… Every team wears a badge on their sleeve that say’s RESPECT .. What a joke , they have none for themselves , fellow players or the paying public who want to see a real game of football…

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 3, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Somebody suggesting we should sell Shelvey because he cost us three points? How many points has he won us already? For me he was trying to get his leg free, but was just a tad over zealous. Should’ve been a foul anyway and there’s no way the lino actually saw what happened – he guessed and got it wrong.
    Asking a lot I know, but the FA should so some commonsense on both incidents. Especially Dummett. Penalty and yellow card maybe, but never a red.
    When they come here we, the fans, need to make it as hostile as possible. No doubt the players will want Revenge so we need to give them a helping hand.

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  • giimps

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #35

    I thought the new rules were that a team cannot be punished 3 times for the same incident , ie a penalty , a sending off and subsequently a ban, or is that just international football ( i thought i had read it somewhere before a competition , maybe world cup or euros thoigh)
    Imho Shelvey was deliberately fouled before he tried to grt his leg free and Lansbury deliberately acted to get him sent off even though he initiated the contact.
    Shelvey should have had a free kick , Imho shelvey was only trying to get away from Angela and should not have seen red or even yellow.
    Dummets was a worse decision, Angela was falling over before he even got there and Dummet barely even touched him so no red or even yellow and no penalty,
    We are at the mercy of poor officials with high egos and as rafa says, we need to control the games and beat whatever and whoever is in front of us , if that means playing 14 men every week to win the league , thats what we need to do.
    I feel sorry for the players who through no fault of their own and after pulling their plums out for 3 games in 7 days have been robbed by incompetence/bios and are being castigated .

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