Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark gives assessment of his debut against Reading

Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark

Ciaran Clark made his Newcastle debut in the 4-1 win against Reading.

Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark

Ciaran Clark has described his Newcastle debut as "okay" as the Magpies picked up their first win of the season.

The former Aston Villa man was brought in to replace captain Jamaal Lascelles at centre back, who has had a difficult start to his captaincy of Newcastle.

Clark played the full 90 minutes and provided a mixed bag on his first game in black and white, which saw him almost score his first goal and give away a penalty.

Reading's Garath McCleary scores their first goal from the penalty spot

Despite a shaky debut, the 26-year-old was satisfied with his contribution.

Speaking to nufc.co.uk, Clark said: "My performance was okay. I probably should have done better with a header in the first half."

The Irish international put his new club in bother on the stroke of half time, giving away a penalty for an out-of-control challenge on John Swift in the box, which was converted by Gareth McCleary.

Newcastle's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goal with team matesNewcastle's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goal with team mates

There were limited complaints from fans and players, but Clark seemed to see the incident differently.

"I don't know if it was [a penalty]. I felt it was quite a soft one, and it was at an important time of the game - just before half time."

The inclusion of Clark meant that Benitez had used a different centre back partnership in all three games so far this season.

Newcastle's Matt Ritchie scores their second goal from the penalty spotNewcastle's Matt Ritchie scores their second goal from the penalty spot

Had the defender not conceded a penalty, most would probably have been impressed with his debut, but it certainly overshadowed a fairly competent performance from Clark.

Benitez now has a big decision to make on Saturday as to who he plays at the back against Bristol City, with the only certainty likely to be the inclusion of Chancel Mbemba, who has been Newcastle's one standout defender.

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