Center-back Ciaran Clark is on another run of games for Newcastle since coming back from a calf injury against Southampton. The 30-year-old was on a streak of nine starts before leaving at halftime in the 2-1 win against the Saints.
It was a surprising run for the Irish international who hadn’t made an appearance in the league before his first start against Manchester United to start October.
After going down with his injury, Clark missed the next 5 Premier League matches as well as the 1-1 draw at Rochdale in the FA Cup’s third round. However, Clark was back for the 1-1 draw at Wolves and has reclaimed his place on the left side of the back three.
He’s started each league match since and also played in the first game against Oxford at St James Park.
Ciaran Clark spoke to the Chronicle on Monday about Newcastle’s season so far.
He’s pleased with how things have gone but knows there’s still a lot of work to be done.
“We’re on 31 points now. We’d have taken that at the start of the season.
“We are only a few points off the top six, so that shows how tight the Premier League is this season.
“It shows the difference a couple of wins can make. We have made sure we are in the next round of the cup, and then we have time off.
“We want to carry on the run we’re on and pick up more wins.”
Clark was also asked about the string of poor performances culminating in the disappointing 0-0 draw against Norwich at St James Park a few weeks ago.
This is what he had to say about Newcastle’s lackluster display against the Canaries as well as their recent unbeaten streak.
“Norwich was tough for us because we wanted to get the win, but when you look at the table, the fact we got a point, and clean sheet and haven’t lost we’re happy with that.
“It took us into the top half for a while so that was progress. We all know how tough this league is, and each game will be difficult.
“We are on a good little run – yes a few draws, but we are unbeaten and we want to keep the momentum going and keep picking up the points.
“It is vital at this stage of the season.”
Newcastle are on a decent run going unbeaten in the last eight, which includes the four FA Cup games. They have a set of fixtures coming up over the next few months where they can continue to pick up points and climb the table.
Hopefully, they can also continue the run in the FA Cup as well with another favorable draw at West Brom in March.
|Sat 14 Mar||Sheffield United||St James Park||PL||3:00 pm|
|Sat 21 Mar||Manchester City||St James Park||FA Cup 6th round||3:00 pm|
|Sat 4 Apr||Bournemouth||Dean Court||PL||3:00 pm|
|Fri 10 Apr||West Ham||St James Park||PL||3:00 pm|
|Sat 25 Apr||Watford||Vicarage Road||PL||3:00 pm|
|Sat 2 May||Tottenham||St James Park||PL||3:00 pm|
It’s been a surprise season for Ciaran, who never lets Newcastle down when he plays. This season he’s gotten his chance and has been one of our most consistent performers.