We thought Jonjo Shelvey did well as the Newcastle captain on Wednesday night and he was certainly one man who woke up when we went 1-0 down and tried to rally the Newcastle team as the game came alive in those last 10 minutes.
Jonjo almost created the chance for Seydou Doumbia to score in stoppage time, but Jack Butland made a very good save and Seydou showed he can can knock those balls into the goal and he took the chance so well – but it was just unlucky we didn´t score.
We should also add that Stoke hit the cross-bar late in the game and had another couple of breakaway chances after they had gone ahead.
Jonjo Shelvey at end of the Stoke game – he doesn´t look happy
Shelvey looked like leadership material on the field and he is not shy in telling other players what to do – and that´s good.
This is what Jonjo Shelvey said on nufcTV after the game:
“I was gutted to lose my first game as captain.” “But it is an honor to captain this football club.”
“I have always been very vocal in the dressing room, but it is about showing people what I can do on the pitch.”
“It’s more about leading by example. I gave it a good go and hopefully I can get more opportunities.”
“Fingers crossed, and if Colo is injured, I will get it more often.” “We are obviously disappointed and the fans are disappointed but we can’t dwell on it.”
“We know we performed. If we carry on like that we will be fine.” “It’s a big game on Saturday and one we have to take three points from.”
“We have a great record at home.”
Those are good words from Shelvey although it wasn´t a great performance at the Britannia Stadium, but we did show more determination than at Chelsea.
However, that Chelsea performance was an absolute disgrace to Newcastle United.
Shelvey will be Newcastle´s key man in tomorrow´s game against an in-from Bournemouth side, and we hope he can start passing the ball majestically all over the field.
We would also like to see Seydou Doumbia get some playing time – we have a feeling this man can get some important goals for us in the run-in – but he must be played.
A win is what we need tomorrow.