Newcastle made it back to back wins for the first time under Steve Bruce, and again it was the Toon defenders who were on the score-sheet.

DeAndre Yedlin bagged the first goal with a bullet header, while Ciaran Clark got his second goal in as many games, when almost mis-hit the ball, which crept past the keeper at the Gallowgate End.

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The forwards may not have scored, but make no mistake, they were heavily influential in the game, and never stopped working throughout the match.

But it is the form of Clark – at both ends of the pitch – that has been the success story of recent weeks, with the Irish centre-back making the most of his opportunity when he replaced Paul Dummett after the Leicester disaster.

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He may be revelling in being joint top scorer at United this season – he currently has two along with Jonjo Shelvey – but he has simply never put a foot wrong in defence since his recall.

Clark seemed close to leaving in the summer

It is just reward for the player, with him the subject of intense transfer speculation pre-season, and had both Bristol City and Crystal Palace monitoring him.

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It led Bruce to pull him aside before the friendly against Hibs, to tell him he would not be leaving, as he needed numbers at the club. Clark took it in his stride, bided his time, and is now reaping the rewards for his patience.

Fans took to Twitter after his match-winner against Bournemouth to laud the resurgent Clark. Here are some of the comments after the final whistle:

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