The Chronicle is reporting it is their understanding that Newcastle will appeal both red cards picked up on Friday night at Nottingham Forest in a bizarre game and a very poor refereeing performance.
We ended up losing that game 1-0, but it’s hard to win when you are down to 9 men at half time.
Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for what looked like violent conduct and he faces a three match ban whereas Paul Dummett was unlucky to be sent off as he challenged for the ball just before half time. when we had just gone 1-0 ahead – and he now faces a one match ban.
Jonjo Shelvey – gets his marching orders
We have said Paul’s sending off was very similar to the way Fabricio Coloccini was sent off in the game at Sunderland last season and when Newcastle appealed that one – it was overturned.
Of course the damage was already done and we lost that game 3-0.
So there is some hope that Paul Dummett’s dismissal will be over-turned on appeal and we would say the chances are even good that it will be.
But it will be difficult to overturn Jonjo Shelvey’s red card and while Henri Lansbury should have also received a red card because they were both culpable – he got off scott free.
It’s a case where Jonjo – not for the first time in his career – has let his side down by a show of petulance and indiscipline.
And we’re sure that behind the scenes Rafa Benitez is not too happy with the 24 year-old Londoner.
Rafa has a history of not wanting players playing in his team who are loose cannons and who can lose a game at basically any time because of their temperament.
While we thought Jonjo has been doing extremely well for us this season, here was a case where he basically let the side and the club down badly – 3 points down the drain.
We would have won if we were only down to 10 men – but 9 men was too much for our courageous players at the City Ground.
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle can overturn either of the red cards on appeal this week.