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.
Have to appologise to everyone for today, was a needless tackle and one that was stupid from me in that circumstance in the game. Will learn from it for sure and will be doing my upmost to repair my mistake today, for my teammates,manager and staff and fans in the future #NUFC
— Isaac Hayden (@IsaacHayden65) August 18, 2018
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.