Newcastle were second best most of the time against Cardiff City today and we had a man sent off after 68 minutes when substitute Isaac Hayden was given his marching orders after a poor tackle.
Isaac looked out of sorts in the second half and was a forlorn figure as he walked off the pitch – maybe his personal situation is affecting him.
He had been brought on for the injured Manquillo at the start of the second half but he had as much success in stopping left winger Josh Murphy as Manquillo had – very little.
Josh had terrific pace down the left wing.
Cardiff looked the more likely to score in the second half and that was before Isaac was sent off but we held on well in those final 20 minutes.
But then in stoppage time, Newcastle were awarded a penalty when Sean Morrison handled in the box, but our usual penalty taker, Matt Ritchie had been subbed.
So up stepped Kenedy but the goalkeeper saved it – and we lost an excellent chance to get our first win – even if it wasn’t deserved.
You have to be able to convert penalties in the Premier League.
And as well as Isaac Hayden getting a three-match ban so will Kenedy after lashing out in the first half at Victor Camarasa as he kicked the player deliberately.
That is certain to bring him a three-match ban with a retroactive video review.
So there was a lack of discipline today with Manquillo lucky in the first half not to get a second yellow as he had a difficult time of it up against Josh Murphy.
And we’ll have to see how Manquillo is with his injury – and we haven’t got many fullbacks.
Luckily Yedlin should be back for the Chelsea game next weekend.
Rafa cannot have been pleased with this game – we looked very poor.
We have to play a lot better than this in our next three very tough league games against Chelsea (H), Manchester City (A) and Arsenal (H).
Cardiff: Etheridge, Bennett, Morrison, Manga, Arter, Ralls, Zohore, Murphy (Mendez-Laing, 78), Camarasa (Decordova-Reid, 76), Bamba, Hoilett (Paterson, 83).
Subs not used: Smithies, Richards, Cunningham, Madine.
Newcastle: Dubravka; Manquillo (Hayden, 46), Clark, Lascelles, Dummett; Diame, Shelvey; Ritchie (Murphy, 70), Perez (Muto, 65), Kenedy; Joselu.
Subs not used: Darlow, Ki, Rondon, Fernandez.
Bookings: Ritchie 3, Manquillo 30 Camarasa 62, Ralls 80
Sent off: Hayden 66 Referee:
Craig Pawson (Sheffield)