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Player Still Committed To Newcastle – Shows Some Class

Josh Murphy looked an outstanding player yesterday for Cardiff City and his speed and trickery down the left wong proved a danger for Newcastle in our 0-0 draw.

Jacob’s twin brother had a very good game, and in the first half stand-in full-back, Javier Manquillo found if difficult to stop him.

Javier went off with an injury at halftime, and Isaac Hayden came on at right-back and also found Josh’s speed hard to match.

And Isaac was sent off halfway through the second half after a poor and unnecessary tackle on Murphy.

Isaac Hayden sent off after 66 minutes

But Hayden has shown some class by sending out this tweet apologizing for his red card.

After the game, Rafa Benitez was asked if Isaac’s poor performance was down to his unhappiness on Tyneside since he wants to move south to be closer to his girlfriend and baby.

This is what Rafa said:

“It’s difficult to say.” “It is not his position, but his tackle was unnecessary.”

We were awarded a penalty after 96 minutes and could have had a win, but Kenedy’s penalty was a poor one, and the goalkeeper made the save.

Matt Ritchie had already been substituted otherwise we could have picked up all 3 points.

And we expect Kenedy to also be given a three-game suspension as he clearly kicked out at a player in the first half and it was all captured on video.

A review of the altercation will almost certainly result in a retroactive three-match ban – although he cannot play against Chelsea next Sunday in any case.

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6 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Aug 19, 2018 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Who honestly expected Manquillo to be the right footed Paolo Maldini in his first game back. Overall, he did not get beaten, even if he did grapple and wrestle. McActeer for Liverpool made a career out of that type of thing. A clean sheet was kept on his watch.

  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2018 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Ah The Jib, as I’ve pointed out already you do not have
    a great understanding of the game – Jesus you are clueless
    They played us off the park. Dominated in the midfield.
    Actually got in behind us a couple of times.
    Think they had over 60% possession.

    Cardiff 52% possession NUFC 48%
    Shots 12 each Cardiff 1 on target Nufc 6
    5 corners each
    Passes Cardiff 314 NUFC 305

    all with us having only 10 men for over
    half an hour

    HHmm I think I’ll stay clueless thanks all the same

  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    we’ll let the blog decide who is clueless

  • yogz69

    Aug 19, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    I honestly don’t think manquillo did that bad, at the end of the day when was the last time he played in the prem if ever I can’t remember. My big fault with the game was Kenedy, he was pure shite and on this performance I am glad we didn’t buy him. I honestly don’t know what he was doing taking that free kick off shelvey and in my opinion shelvey should of buried that pen also.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Aug 19, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    It looked to me like Kenedy was trying to win the match all on his own, and consequently only got so far down the pitch before he was closed down by 2 or 3 Cardiff players. The commentator mentioned that he didn’t complete one single pass in the entire second half. That’s some statistic there.

  • Toon&oot

    Aug 19, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    In relation to Kenedy he didn’t have a great game but neither did the whole midfield. Never seen Shelvey that deep, he was at times in the same position as the CHs. Kenedy was shut down by 2 or 3 every time he got the ball. My main concern was Hayden! What was he thinking making he tackles like he’s playing for the Dog and Duck on a Sunday. He played like he doesn’t want to be here sadly.


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