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Will Jonjo Shelvey Ever Change – Probably Not

To be fair to Jonjo Shelvey, he’s been well behaved this season apart from the time he is accused of misconduct late in the Wolves game back in September – and his personal hearing for that is due to take place during the week of 19th December.

But generally he’s been well behaved and has done very well indeed for Newcastle this season – one of our best players.

But last night at the City Ground he lost his discipline and kicked out at Henri Lansbury in the penalty area and he was sent off and Nottingham Forest were awarded a penalty.


Jonjo Shelvey being sent off last night

That was the old Jonjo Shelvey in action – an undisciplined player who can be a liability to a side although last night Henri Lansbury was just as bad during the incident.

On Thursday during his interviews for last night’s game, Rafa Benitez said this about Shelvey:

“He has been really important for us.” “He’s played a lot of games and is doing well.”

“So hopefully everything will be fine and he can continue playing and scoring goals.”

“At the moment we are very happy with him.”

“He has a very good relationship with all of his team-mates, so I don’t see any problem and don’t expect any problem.”

Those last few words are interesting – I don’t see any problem and don’t expect any problem.

Things were going well until the 33rd minute last night when the Shelvey – Lansbury incident occurred and Shelvey was culpable for losing his cool.

Of course we don’t want to over-react to one incident, but Jonjo Shelvey will never become a completely disciplined player.

That’s part of his make-up – it’s take it or leave it with Shelvey.

If Jonjo is found guilty of misconduct later this month he could now be out for a minimum of eight successive games.

Let’s face it – that’s a liability to any side and we don’t think Rafa can be too happy about that.

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9 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Personally I think we should cut him a bit of slack, it’s easy to say show restraint but look what the guy was doing to him, it was stupid to lash out and I bet he is seriously regretting it but the guy was virtually errstling him to the ground with his boot. It’s sometimes hard to play against cheats.

  • firebug666

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    It was a case of six of one and a half dozen of the other, both should have seen red, unfortunately for us that didn’t fit in with the ref’s plan.

    Remember it was Lansbury who went through the back of Shelvey bringing him down, that should have been a free kick there, then Lansbuy kick out a Shelvey before Shelvey retaliates, and Lansbuy goes for an Oscar performance.

    For me Shelvey didn’t deserve to see red, but as that was the case then both should have seen red.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3


    Not like the bias-free, objective reporting you get in the Mail and Sun!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Surely it’s not over with though, we’ll be appealing Dummets red?


    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry mate but Shelvey is already facing a 5 match ban for racism he should be keeping his nose as clean as possible not kicking out at players regardless of what has been done to him

    He could of stood up and embarrassed Lansbury with his football while getting us 3 more points but he couldnt keep his head

    Terrible refereeing but not because he gave Shelvey a red for me

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #6
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 3, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    We have 5 games in December starting with Birmingham and ending with NF (can’t bear to write their name in full).

    All are very winnable and that should get us back on track.

    The way we were playing with ten men and no Jonjo gives me the confidence to think we’ll still be the best team in the league.

    Hayden and Colback with be a good pairing imo.

  • jimmygscot

    Dec 3, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Shelvey is an absolute liability. Will always miss too many games due to his indiscipline. If an offer comes in in January get rid. Cost the team 3 pointslast night.

  • posada

    Dec 3, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Lansbury goes through the back of Shelvey with both legs.
    Dangerous. I was involved with a team some years ago when one of my players did something similar. The player on the receiving end got a foot caught under the other players body. Result, a broken ankle.
    Watch it in slow motion. Shelvey at one point is almost vertically upside down.
    It’s difficult not to react when you are on the end of an assault.
    It’s not a conscious decision to do it. It’s more of an instinctive reaction.
    But, it means he gave Lansbury the opportunity to act and for the rest to unfold.


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