For the fourth straight match, Ciaran Clark has come through for Newcastle. This time it was in fine fashion by bagging his ninth goal for the club to give Newcastle a lead they would not relinquish.
It became a bit sketchy towards the end as they conceded two late West Ham goals. However, the lads held strong to claim a massive three points.
We are thankful that they held on because it would have been disastrous if West Ham were able to level the score in stoppage time.
Ciaran Clark expressed the same sentiments in an interview with nufc.co.uk after the game.
This is what the 30-year-old defender had to say about holding out for the full three points yesterday:
“We would have been devastated if we didn’t take all three there. The first half, we created all of the chances.
“Maybe we were a little bit unlucky with a couple of them but on another day we would have been four or five up at half time and the game would have been over.
“We came out and got the third goal – a great goal by Jonjo – and that obviously proved to be really important.
“It was a bit relentless towards the end. The balls were coming into the box, we couldn’t get up the pitch or get out of our half at all. We made it difficult for ourselves and nearly threw it away.
“They got the two goals and those last four or five minutes were definitely nervy.”
Devastated is an apt word to describe the disappointment if West Ham would have gotten a third goal. However, we are instead elated at the performance yesterday.
For the first time this season, we witnessed a team that looked a real threat going forward. While a lot of that had to do with how ill-equipped West Ham were for our pace, it was still a joy to see.
We need to bring that same mentality to St James Park for Bournemouth next Saturday. The Cherries away form has been very good with them only losing at Leicester City and Arsenal.
They have amassed 7 points on their travels this season so Newcastle will have to be prepared for a fight to get all three points.