Two goals and a clean sheet. It was the perfect away performance from Newcastle United, and Ciaran Clark was crucial in securing another valuable three points.
The Republic of Ireland international started at the heart of the back three and once again led by example. Jonjo Shelvey might have had the armband, but he wasn’t the only leader in dark green.
Sheffield United’s brand of football has proved difficult to handle this season, resulting in an impressive start to the campaign for the Blades. But Clark and co dealt with pretty much everything that came their way, winning all their individual duels and putting their bodies on the line.
And when the defence was breached, Martin Dubravka was on standby to pull off another set of stunning saves, just like he did against Manchester City.
Clark was nowhere near the starting XI at the start of the season, but now he seems undroppable. He’s been one of our best players since he came into the team against Manchester United. Long may this run of form continue.
Toon fans hail Clark’s performance
Clark playing like a prime maldini, you love to see it #NUFC
— Adam Martin (@AdamMarty93) December 5, 2019
Amazing defensive showing tonight from the lads. Ciaran Clark was phenomenal, organising the defence and constantly clearing crosses. Wilder hasn’t been tactically bested by many since they came back to the PL, so credit to Bruce for getting one over them tonight. #NUFC #SHUNEW
— True Faith NUFC (@tfNUFC) December 5, 2019
Not pretty to watch but that is a huge win for us!
Dubravka with some great saves. Clark, Fernandez & Dummett immense.
Actually thought Manquillo had a very good game at wing back as well
— Martin Frogley 🐸 (@mfrogs7) December 5, 2019
Good performance that and another win on the road. Solid defensively and took our chances. Bruce is doing a good job & it’s mad that Clark and Shelvey were nearly out the door under RB. Two of our best players this season #NUFC
— Ryan Batchelor (@BatchyFTB) December 5, 2019
— The Pistolero (@petemcc_peter) December 5, 2019
Whatever I make of Bruce, that back 5 is our 5 ‘back up’ players.
They’ve performed admirably.
Clark and Fernandez definitely pushing for our best XI. #NUFC
— Randeep Singh Sangha (@DrRandeepSangha) December 5, 2019
Fernandez, Manquillo, Clark & Dummet unreal tonight. Great battling by all and deserved the three points 🖤#Nufc
— Steve Cross (@SteveCross91OF) December 5, 2019