It’s good to see Jonjo Shelvey having more control on the pitch, and all he needs to do now is keep it up.
Newcastle did show a lack of discipline on Saturday at Cardiff City with Isaac Hayden sent off in the second half and Kenedy stupidly kicking out at an opponent in the first half.
The Brazilian will almost certainly get a retroactive 3 match ban for that either today or tomorrow.
So we will be missing those two players for the next three games.
Jonjo Shelvey – in action on Saturday – had a good game
And Javier Manquillo was lucky not to get a second yellow card in the first half when he had trouble containing Cardiff City left winger Josh Murphy – Jacob’s twin brother.
Shelvey had a good game, and he’s our Man of the Match, and the England International also played well in preseason and hopefully will continue his self-control all season.
That would be excellent.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles played well at the back and dealt with the high balls into the box – which seemed to be Cardiff’s strategy on Saturday.
Jamaal is second in the voting, and Martin Dubravka is next in line.
The Slovakian was solid in goal and kept his first clean sheet of the season.
Hopefully, there will be a lot more of those if we are to do well this season.
Martin is an important player for Newcastle.