Newcastle United were far from convincing versus Blackburn Rovers at St. James’ Park but they still managed to get the job done by winning 1-0 thanks to a fine debut goal from Ryan Fraser after he was picked out by Miguel Almiron, which means that they will now face off against EFL League Two club Morecambe away from home in the Carabao Cup third round.
Steve Bruce’s team could only manage a mere 36% possession against the Championship outfit, while also recording fewer shots, passes and dribbles, according to Sofascore.
Where will Newcastle finish in the Premier League?
7th - 10th
The Tyneside club therefore needed to show that they can win ugly, and so they did with big help from Ciaran Clark.
The central defender managed to make a rather impressive four clearances, three tackles and two interceptions, the highest stats out of all of his teammates on the night, as per Sofascore.
He also recorded the highest pass accuracy of the entire Magpies team at 86%, earning him an overall 7.3 rating which was only bettered by goalscorer Fraser, assist-maker Almiron and Mark Gillespie, who all achieved a 7.4 rating (via the website).
With good displays such as these, Clark will be hoping to break into the first-team under Bruce on a regular basis, as he did not manage to make the 18-man squad in the Toon’s 2-0 Premier League away win at the London Stadium against David Moyes’ West Ham United (per Sofascore).
Nonetheless, the 30-year old was certainly an unsung hero as he guided NUFC into the next round of the cup, where Morecambe stand in their way next.
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