Ciaran Clark has been one of the successes of the season and he’s become a starter alongside captain Jamaal Lascelles in central defense.
The two lads play really well together and they are both vocal, yet it was a really poor goal to concede last night after 29 minutes when our defense failed to clear a ball into the box and Forest equalized after Matt Ritchie had put us ahead after only four minutes.
But two Dwight Gayle goals in the second half saw us home with a very valuable 3 points after Matt Mills had been sent off after an hour with two yellow cards.
Ciaran Clark – Newcastle center-back
Rafa Benitez was certainly not happy with the goal conceded and again after the game the manager said we can do a lot better although three goals and 3 points last night was a good result.
Ciaran Clark was interviewed immediately after the game on the Newcastle web-site and he had this to say:
“There was a lot of controversy in the game away at Forest, and we felt that we owed them one,”
“With the Brighton game being called off as well, we knew there was a chance for us to go back to the top with a win.”
“With all of those things in the back of our minds, there was an extra boost for us to go out there and do well.”
“It’s obviously a good result in the end, and I thought it was a good performance. We were disappointed to go in 1-1 at half time, because we felt that we controlled the game.”
“They tried to slow the game down and frustrate us, but it didn’t get the better of us, and everyone managed to keep a cool head.”
“In the end, they ended up losing it themselves – the sending-off helped us and we obviously made them pay.” “We managed to get the two goals and we’re happy in the end.”
“Blackburn came up here and beat us recently, so it’s another game we’ll need to concentrate on and make sure we’re at our best.”
“After losing on Boxing Day, we didn’t want to get on a run where we weren’t winning, and we wanted to put it right quickly.”
“We had the perfect opportunity to do that tonight against a good side, and we did that.”
“The gaps can close quickly. Brighton have won a few, we’ve made a few mistakes and that has cost us.”
“We need to keep working hard, and keep getting the right results.”
It was nice to be top of the Championship at Christmas and also top at the end of the year, after Brighton’s game against Cardiff City was called off because of thick fog.
Here’s the standings at the top of the league with the remaining games being played today.