A section of football fans have taken to Twitter to lay into Ciaran Clark for his performance in Republic of Ireland’s 4-1 thrashing by Wales on Thursday night.
The Newcastle United centre-back played the full 90 minutes for Martin O’Neill’s side as they were torn apart by goals from Tom Lawrence, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts.
This Is Futbol has rounded up some of the best tweets below.
All supporters – Irish, Welsh, even Newcastle ones – took the opportunity to destroy Clark as Republic of Ireland suffered a humiliating home nations defeat. O’Neill’s side looked bewildered and naive at the same Cardiff City Stadium where they won a vital World Cup qualifying match less than a year ago. As the most experienced member of the defence, Clark must take his share of the blame for a forgettable performance, in which his decision-making and positioning left a huge amount to be desired. Wales took full advantage as Ryan Giggs secured a memorable win in his first match in competitive charge. Clark will hope to put this behind him when he returns to Newcastle, where he has been a key member of their team this season after the shattering injury suffered by 2017-18 mainstay Florian Lejeune. The former Aston Villa man has started all four league fixtures to date, although his performances have been mixed.
Wales 3-0. Shock. Ciaran Clark at fault for all 3 ???? #WALIRL
— Michael (@rooney03) September 6, 2018
Clark is woeful. Brooks for Wales looks decent. Great start to the season for him for both Wales and Bournemouth
— Sarah (@SarahShine88) September 6, 2018
Is Clark playing for Wales or Ireland?
— Jack (@_JTD28) September 6, 2018
This is woeful stuff from Ireland. Ciaran Clark so exposed at the back. Gareth Bale went around him like he wasn't even there.
Wales players showing far more urgency, sharpness and intent so far in this game
23 min Wales 2-0 Ireland
— B-Graham (@BrendanGraham1) September 6, 2018
@C___Clark You are the worst defender in Irish History. In 17 minutes against Wales, you got outwitted by a teenager and let Bale cut in on his left, which everyone knows you don't. #Ireland #Nationsleague
— Sam Farrell (@samfarrell2) September 6, 2018
Shocking from Ireland at the back. Too much space for Allen and Clark caught ball watching. Tom Lawrence thumps it past Randolph. 1 nil Wales after only 6 minutes
— Andrew (@19drew86) September 6, 2018
As well-worked as they were by Wales, all 3 goals came from attacking the space between Stephen Ward and Ciaran Clark. Two of them beating the keeper at the near post. Defensive horror show from the Irish here. #UNL
— Steve Grant (@SteveGrant1983) September 6, 2018
— Shameless McFly (@ShamelessMcFly) September 6, 2018
Ciaran Clark is still awful then ????????
— Jordan Spencer (@JordAvfc) September 6, 2018
Fully agree, but it was Clark, he’s been awful for Newcastle this season.
— Peter Kiely (@PeterKiely12) September 6, 2018
Ciaran Clark teaching the youngsters how NOT to defend tonight.. Awful defender
— Tom (@Linty_7) September 6, 2018
Septic lad! Ciaran Clark absolutely awful for first goal.
— joseph murphy (@joemurph0706) September 6, 2018