‘Not going to’: Newcastle star Shelvey delivers honest verdict on Ciaran Clark’s red card
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'Not going to': Newcastle star Shelvey delivers honest verdict on Ciaran Clark's red card

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Newcastle United went into the game against Norwich City last night with three points in their sights, but Ciaran Clark got himself a red card very early on, which made things extremely difficult for them.

The Magpies had to play over 80 minutes of the game with just 10 men. That’s not an easy task at all, but they almost pulled it off. Sadly for them, Norwich cancelled out Callum Wilson’s opener in the 79th minute.

Newcastle had to settle for a draw, but it’s not a bad point at all. They worked their socks off yesterday and Eddie Howe will be really proud of the way his side reacted to losing a man so early in the game.

Jonjo Shelvey, who certainly played his part, had his say on the sending off.

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Jonjo Shelvey: I will not criticise Ciaran Clark for his red card

Shelvey has his teammate’s back, even though his sending off made life extremely difficult for the Magpies. The midfielder even believes that Clark bringing Teemu Pukki down is probably the reason why Newcastle picked up a point yesterday.

He said, as per The Chronicle: “I’m not going to criticise Ciaran [Clark].

“If he doesn’t bring him [Teemu Pukki] down he goes through and scores. He has probably earned us a point in the end. When you play against 11 men with 10 it’s really hard.

“It’s unfortunate the red card early doors gave us a mountain to climb. We felt we deserved the three points. We just have to keep believing and stick together.”

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Newcastle and Howe deserve a lot of credit for performing as well as they did yesterday after Clark’s red card. They could easily have crumbled, but they stuck together and almost won the game.

As much as a positive last night’s performance was, the danger is still very much alive. Newcastle are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season, and if that doesn’t change soon, they will go down.

Howe’s men take on Burnley next and the significance of that game has gone up considerably. Newcastle simply have to win now, but the Clarets are no easy side to beat, even though they’re just two points ahead of the Magpies.

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