Ciaran Clark came into the team on Monday night at Turf Moor in place of the inured Paul Dummett.
And the former Aston Villa defender put in an excellent performance and scored Newcastle’s second goal from a header, and that turned out to be the winning goal in the fabulous 2-1 win.
Newcastle moved up a couple of places in the league with the win into 13th place and we now have 12 points from 13 games played – that’s only a couple of points less than last season after 13 games played.
Last season we had just lost our 4th game in a row with a 3-0 defeat at home to Watford and picked up just one point form the next 5 games.
Ciaran Clark – delighted with 3rd win in a row
Ciaran has talked about the preparation for the game and he was delighted to be in the team and also to be handed the captaincy by Rafa Benitez:
“We’d worked on a few things during the international break in preparation for Burnley, including playing with three centre-backs,”
“But we weren’t exactly sure what the manager was going to go with until we got to the ground.”
“When he announced the team, he not only said I was in the XI, he said I was captain too – which was great.”
“Obviously, I was pleased to be given that honor, but really I was pleased just to be playing again and part of the team, if I’m honest.”
“But the most important thing at the end was the result, and we’re buzzing with that win.”
“It was a great night,” “We started off really well, got two early goals and I felt like we were fairly comfortable.”
“We knew what Burnley were going to do. Their strengths are getting the ball forward early to the two strikers, and for the most part we dealt with it.”
“They scored their goal, which made it kind of nervy for us, but we battled through.”
“Then, in the second half, we refocused and concentrated and managed to hold on so it was a great night, a great result and a great three points.”
“We had a really tough start, and we were unlucky in most of the games we actually played in.”
“To go on this run of three wins in a row is unbelievable, but we always had the belief in the team we would turn this around.”
“We’ve proved that, but we really want to keep this going now and really kick on and pick up more points in December.”
It was another excellent team performance by the lads and we are hoping we can make it four wins in a row against West Ham on Saturday at Sy. James’ Park.
Howay The Lads!!
Note: Three Newcastle fans are launching an unofficial children’s book – ABC with NUFC – this Friday.
The book is an A-Z of the great and the good of Newcastle United. They’re also launching a competition to win one of five copies of the book.
All you have to do is guess which trumpet playing former midfielder takes the letter Nn?
Here’s where you can try to win a book.