Date: 9th October 2019 at 12:00pm
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This has been a tough start to the season for Newcastle centre back Ciaran , who has often found himself on the outside looking in under new head coach .

Prior to Sunday’s victory over he had made just one appearance this term, coming in the Carabao Cup against City. However, he came back in against and produced a strong performance.

That was what he needed, because he has become exasperated with his lack of game time, telling Off The Ball recently: “It’s obviously frustrating for me not being able to play because it doesn’t give me a chance then to go away and play for Ireland.”

That is the big thing for Clark, because he obviously has aspirations to continue to be a regular player for the . However, does Sunday’s performance perhaps indicate that a Magpies resurgence is on the cards?

He certainly performed well against ’s side. The statistics show us that the 30-year-old was a key player as Bruce’s men battled to a terrific 1-0 victory.

As per, Clark completed two tackles, two interceptions and two clearances in the game. Only Jetro Willems made more tackles for Newcastle, while only Fabian Schar had more interceptions. Then there’s clearances: only Schar and produced more.

His pass success rate of 72.7% wasn’t the best, but that’s not what he’s in the team for. Schar is the ball-playing centre half, Clark is in there to be a solid, dogged presence at the heart of the defence.

Paul Dummett obviously hasn’t done enough for Bruce’s liking, while Jamaal Lascelles hasn’t been at his best this season. So there is a chance for Clark to nail down a permanent starting spot if he can continue what he started against United.