Jonjo Shelvey has defended Ciaran Clark after his moment of madness in the 1-1 draw against Norwich City.
The Ireland defender pulled back Teemu Pukki after just 10 minutes to pick up a red card.
That meant Newcastle had to switch their game plan from offensive to defensive and ultimately were left to hang towards the end.
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Shelvey said: "I'm not going to criticise Ciaran [Clark].
"If he doesn't bring him [Teemu Pukki] down he goes through and scores.
"He's probably earned us a point in the end.
"When you play against 11 men with 10 it's really hard."
Shelvey said that Newcastle battled hard but it wasn't meant to be.
He said: "Everyone stepped up to the plate.
"We're confident we can get out of the situation we're in.
"We've got a huge game Saturday. We'll recover and go again.
"It's a missed opportunity. We defended brilliantly throughout.
"Everyone to a man worked their socks off today.
"It's unfortunate the red card early doors gave us a mountain to climb.
"We felt we deserved the three points."
When asked if we was concerned by the club's precarious position, Shelvey said: "I'm not really concerned because I know what we have in the dressing room.
"We just have to keep believing and stick together.
"Everyone is buzzing round the place. We'll keep fighting for these fans."
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