After the Chelsea win, Steve Bruce spoke about the smash and grab manner in which Newcastle claimed the three points. He added that while the team is not always the best to watch, they are tough to beat.
It looked almost certain to be either a draw or a defeat until Newcastle won the late corner on Saturday. Allan Saint-Maximin and Isaac Hayden were able to create another memorable moment in a season that has had a few.
We didn’t create much going forward and were very sloppy in possession – the little we saw of the ball. However, the defensive performances were outstanding, and Chelsea just couldn’t break Newcastle down.
Our forwards too put in a shift defensively with Joelinton pressing Chelsea and Miguel Almiron tracking back to help Emil Krafth.
Of all the defensive performances, there was one Magpie who got much of the accolades after the game. It was very well deserved. That is Ciaran Clark, who we sorely missed when he injured his calf against Southampton and had to be removed at half time.
Clark returned last weekend in our draw at Wolves. Against Chelsea on Saturday, the 30-year-old was just brilliant. His performance is reflected in our poll result.
Ciaran Clark has won his first Man of the Match poll collecting 36% of the 3240 total votes. Miguel Almiron came in a distant second with 12% while Martin Dubravka was close behind him in third place.
It’s great to see Joelinton get a decent number of votes for the second match running.
Now, let’s see if Alan Shearer puts Clark in his Team of the Week. We’d be absolutely shocked if he doesn’t.
Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match In Win Against Chelsea?
- Ciaran Clark (36%, 1,158 )
- Miguel Almiron (12%, 383 )
- Martin Dubravka (11%, 360 )
- Joelinton (10%, 310 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (9%, 303 )
- Federico Fernandez (8%, 270 )
- Isaac Hayden (7%, 219 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (4%, 123 )
- Matt Ritchie (2%, 60 )
- Emil Krafth (1%, 22 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (0%, 16 )
- Matty Longstaff (0%, 9 )
- Jetro Willems (0%, 5 )
- Sean Longstaff (0%, 2 )
Total Voters: 3,240