By Joe Nelson

Ciaran Clark has slammed “sloppy” Newcastle for failing to stop Aston Villa’s late equaliser on Saturday afternoon.

Clark returned to his former club for the game at Villa Park, in which Newcastle led for a full hour before an 88th minute Aaron Tshibola leveller for the hosts.

The Chronicle quoted his interview with Sky after he was named the man of the match for a fine display at the back.

When asked whether the draw felt like a loss due to the nature of the late equaliser, Clark admitted: “I think so, when you look at the result at half-time and for so long holding out.

“We knew it would be a tough game coming down here and the quality they have got.

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“In the second half when they were pushing on we got sloppy in our play and maybe that was a fair result in the end.”

The Magpies had taken the lead in the 28th minute through a Tommy Elphick own goal, but could not resist the Villains for the full 90 minutes, as Clark admits Gestede had an influence on proceedings.

“They put Rudy Gestede up front at the end and we knew they would come flying in.

“They had a period for five or 10 minutes when they had so many corners.

“We were unfortunate not to hold out but full credit to Villa, they came on strong second half and maybe the draw was a fair result.”

The 26-year-old Republic of Ireland international moved to Tyneside from Villa at the start of August. He had spent his entire career in the Midlands with Villa up until the switch.

In other Newcastle news, Lascelles has posted a scathing verdict on the draw.