Jonjo Shelvey had an excellent game yesterday as he came back into a makeshift side against a very strong Leicester City. There wasn’t much between the two teams in what was a hard-fought game.
Both teams lacked cutting edge upfront and didn’t create too many chances. It was a fluky deflected goal that put Leicester City on top in the first half. Newcastle would tie the game on a long free-kick from Fabian Schar that Jetro Willems was able to somehow knock into the path of Yoshinori Muto, who slotted the ball into the net.
The goalkeepers didn’t have too much to do all night with very few shots on target. Though Shelvey did have a blistering long-range effort in the second half that forced a save from Kasper Schmeichel.
However, the game went down to penalties where the team that keeps their nerve generally comes out on top. Schmeichel was able to save two penalties while Karl Darlow just one. That was the difference in the match.
Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden both took weak penalties, but that sometimes is just the way it is. Jonjo, though, has taken it upon himself to issue an apology for a penalty that he has called shocking.
Matthew Raisbeck with BBC Newcastle has tweeted Jonjo’s full apology to the fans.
"I just want to apologise to the fans for missing the penalty because it was a shocking penalty on my behalf."
— Matthew Raisbeck (@raisbeck10) August 28, 2019
You can tell from the audio that Jonjo is quite upset about his miss. It’s good of him to show contrition, but these things happen. He could have been a little less lackadaisical in his approach to the penalty, but he had a good performance overall.