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.
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.