By Amir Mir
Aston Villa supporters on Twitter admitted that Ciaran Clark put in a solid performance after he helped Newcastle draw 1-1 at Villa Park on Saturday evening.
Newcastle took the lead in the first-half when DeAndre Yedlin’s cross caused problems for the Villa defence, with centre-back Tommy Elphick unfortunately converting the ball into his own net.
Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo was forced to change his formation in the second-half, with substitute Aaron Tshibola nodding in from a corner in the 88th minute.
Clark received a man-of-the-match award for his performance on his return to his former club after making 14 clearances during the game.
Villa supporters felt that Clark kept Rafa Benitez’ side in the game during certain periods of the match, with the centre-back blocking a crucial Jonathan Kodjia shot in the first-half.
One fan stated that he never liked Clark during his time at Villa, but believes he did make some crucial blocks during the game.
Another supporter amusingly asked whether this is the first time the Republic of Ireland international has received a MOTM award at Villa Park.
Here is a selection of messages from Villa supporters reacting on Twitter to Clark’s performance.
I've never seen Clark play that well for Villa, he kept them in the game at some points #avfc
— Aaron Hutton (@AaronPeaPea) September 24, 2016
Ciaran Clark man of the match fair play to him 👍 #AVFC
— AJ (@ajjukesy) September 24, 2016
Ciaran Clark did look rock solid during that match. Always a scape goat at Villa. Deserved the MOM! Will prove to be a top signing by #NUFC
— AVFC_Religion_IRL (@AVFCReligionIRL) September 24, 2016
Ciaran Clark Man of the Match, fair play. Never loved him at Villa, but does give his all and made some key blocks at the end there. #avfc
— Ell Abrahams (@ellstaa) September 24, 2016
— Tony (@AVFC196) September 24, 2016
You can say what you like about Ciaran Clark. He is a better defender than what we have #avfc
— Paul Hird (@paul_hird) September 24, 2016
Ciaran Clark with his first ever man of the match at Villa Park there.
— Carl Pedley (@CarlPedley) September 24, 2016
In other Aston Villa team news, Newcastle supporters react on Twitter to DeAndre Yedlin’s performance against the Midlands side.