Date: Saturday 18th August 2018, 12.30pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: Cardiff Stadium
Conditions: Occasional heavy showers
0 - 0
Half time: Bluebirds
0 Magpies 0
(90+6 mins Kenedy penalty
Full time: Bluebirds
0 Magpies 0
"It was a difficult game against a
physical team, and we played a lot with 10 players.
"We had Javier Manquillo who was injured
and then Hayden came in and got sent off - so we had too many problems. In
the end to get a point, it could be better, but we cannot complain too much.
"I was watching so many things today that I have my opinions but I will not
give my opinions about the (refereeís) decision (to dismiss
On the missed spot kick:
"It was a poor penalty, he's not happy he missed a good chance.
"A young player that has talent and he has to learn about the game and these
kind of games. He will understand he can make the difference for us in one
way, or the other way; it has to be in the positive way because heís a great
We win as a team and lose as a team. I am not concerned about the fact he
missed a penalty - he has to take responsibility."
"We donít know - still, itís too early - but he twisted his ankle. It could be
a foul but was not even (given as) a foul. We will see if it is not
very serious, and hopefully we have DeAndre Yedlin for next week.Ē
"It would have been devastating to lose at that stage.
"My dad used to say 'what goes around comes around' so I think that was
poetic justice, the penalty miss.
"Kenedy was a lucky lad (when he kicked out). I never even saw
that Kenedy should have been sent off in the first half, like the
referee I looked away and missed it. The fourth official saw it to give
a foul but it was one of those things.
"There's never a dull moment, I thought it was a good 0-0.
"I'm quite pleased with the whole afternoon apart from not scoring.
"The last third we could have done better with the ball and create
better chances and our free kicks were poor today, so things to work on
"Ken (Zohore) hasn't trained for two and a half weeks and he's
such a big lad he's got to train. He's looked a lot sharper. I thought
he did well.
"They knew they were in a game, the centre-backs. I was really pleased
with him. So the only thing is we've got to get him a bit fitter so he
can last 90 minutes.
"We are going to learn as this season goes on. I am sure we will get
some wins here at home as the home support is amazing, I love playing
here in front of our crowd, it is the best.
"We need to create some more chances, of course, but I am confident I
can score goals, I am sure they will come.
"The chances come so fast (in the Premier League), it has been a
long time since I have played in a league game, but I thought I did well
Our opening Premier League away fixture of the season has resulted in
twelve defeats, seven draws and five victories as follows (final league
position in brackets):
Newcastle have now failed to win either of their opening two league
games since 2012:
2012/13: Spurs (h) won 2-1, Chelsea (a) lost 0-2 = 3 points
2013/14: Manchester City (a) lost 0-4, West Ham (h) drew 0-0 = 1
2014/15: Manchester City (h) lost 0-2, Aston Villa (a) drew 0-0 = 1
2015/16: Southampton (h) drew 2-2, Swansea City (a) lost 0-2 = 1
2016/17: Fulham (a) lost 0-1, Huddersfield Town (h) lost 1-2 = 0
2017/18: Spurs (h) lost 0-2, Huddersfield Town (a) lost 0-1 = 0
2018/19: Spurs (h) lost 1-2, Cardiff City (a) drew 0-0 = 1 point
Rafa Benitez reached his half century of Premier League games
as Newcastle manager, collecting his 13th draw to go with 15 wins and 22
ten game winning run in league games against Cardiff ended,
but taking a point means that we
remain unbeaten in 11 league meetings
since a 0-1 loss at Ninian Park in February 1981.
Jacob and Josh Murphy became the second set of twins to face each other
in the Premier League when the former appeared as a 70th minute substitute. The first pair were Michael Keane and twin brother Will, who met when Burnley
played Hull City back in September 2016.
(A few folks mentioned Newcastle's Terry Hibbitt and Kenny facing each
other in the 1970s, but they were brothers rather than twins).
Isaac Hayden is the fifth Newcastle player to have been dismissed in
the Premier League after having arrived from the substitute's
bench - although only four of those resulted in suspensions:
1997 Keith Gillespie Arsenal (a) on 52 minutes, off 79 minutes
2005 Steven Taylor Aston Villa (h) on 52 minutes, off 73 minutes
2014 Paul Dummett Liverpool (a) on 82 minutes, off 87 minutes*
2016 Jamaal Lascelles Everton (a) on 44 minutes, off 90 minutes
2018 Isaac Hayden Cardiff (a) on 46 minutes, off 67 minutes
* subsequently rescinded on appeal
1993/94 Coventry City lost 1-2 (3rd)
1994/95 Leicester City won 3-1 (6th)
1995/96 Bolton Wanderers won 3-1 (2nd)
1996/97 Everton lost 0-2 (2nd)
1997/98 West Ham won 1-0 (13th)
1998/99 Chelsea drew 1-1 (13th)
1999/00 Spurs lost 1-3 (11th)
2000/01 Manchester United lost 0-2 (11th)
2001/02 Chelsea drew 1-1 (4th)
2002/03 Manchester City lost 0-1 (3rd)
2003/04 Leeds United drew 2-2 (5th)
2004/05 smoggies drew 2-2 (14th)
2005/06 Arsenal lost 0-2 (7th)
2006/07 Aston Villa lost 0-2 (13th)
2007/08 Bolton Wanderers won 3-1 (12th)
2008/09 Manchester United drew 1-1 (18th)
2010/11 Manchester United lost 0-3 (12th)
2011/12 mackems won 1-0 (5th)
2012/13 Chelsea lost 0-2 (16th)
2013/14 Manchester City lost 0-4 (10th)
2014/15 Aston Villa drew 0-0 (15th)
2015/16 Swansea City lost 0-2 (18th)
2017/18 Huddersfield Town lost 0-2 (10th)
2018/19 Cardiff City drew 0-0 (??)
NUFC v Warnock teams on the road:
2018/19 Cardiff City drew 0-0
2016/17 Cardiff City won 2-0
2014/15 Crystal Palace won 3-2 (LC)
2011/12 QPR drew 0-0
2009/10 QPR won 1-0
2009/10 Crystal Palace won 2-0
2006/07 Sheffield United won 2-1
1992/93 Notts County won 2-0
1990/91 Notts County lost 0-3
Magpies @ Bluebirds - last 10
2018/19 drew 0-0
2016/17 won 2-0 Atsu, Hayden
2013/14 won 2-1 Remy 2
2009/10 won 1-0 Coloccini
1983/84 won 2-0 Keegan, Beardsley
1981/82 won 4-0 Varadi 3, Davies(pen)
1980/81 lost 0-1
1979/80 drew 1-1 Shinton
1978/79 lost 1-2 Connolly
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings
point gained or two thrown away?
Whatever your view, this was an awful Saturday lunchtime in South Wales for Newcastle
- both sides colluding to create instantly forgettable football on live TV. United's shortcomings were
rather more memorable though, in the form of a red card
and a missed penalty kick.
95 minutes of uninspired toil had seen the visitors field four different
players at right back, one of that quartet - Isaac Hayden - dismissed in the
Just when we appeared to have scraped a point after an equally
toothless City side failed to create a goal or even an effort on target,
a stray hand in the area gave us the opportunity of victory.
Sadly though with designated penalty taker Matt Ritchie already off the
field and Joselu not trusted to reprise his rotten effort against Burnley
last season, the burden from 12 yards fell to Kenedy.
His run-up was far from purposeful; side-footing straight at
goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who had no problem in saving a second spot kick
in as many appearances this season.
The Brazilian had struggled to make any positive impact,
more concerned with selfish dribbling than actually passing the ball.
Kenedy's only meaningful connection was with City's Victor Camarasa -
kicking out at him right in front of hapless whistler Craig Pawson during
the first half.
The referee played his part in a frustrating afternoon, started off by
booking Matt Ritchie, despite two home players injuring each other as our
man attempted to win the ball fairly.
Having done nothing more than award a free kick after Kenedy's indiscretion,
Pawson showed no mercy in dismissing Isaac Hayden for a 67th challenge
on Josh Murphy in the middle of the field. Within moments though he'd
avoided red carding Harry
Arter for a comparable assault on Joselu.
Ayoze Perez had two chances in the first half, finding Etheridge on both
occasions, although the 'keeper almost let in Joselu when he spilled
Martin Dubravka almost got in trouble when delaying a clearance but
thankfully the block went away from goal, while a tenth minute header from
Sol Bamba was cleared from in front of the line.
The game soon lost its way though and with Kenedy escaping punishment,
Javier Manquillo was also lucky to stay on after continuing to pull back
Josh Murphy having already been booked - the former Norwich winger showing
the Spaniard a clean pair of heels.
Having had treatment before the break, Manquillo was replaced by Hayden at
half time, although the defender showed no sign of his twisted ankle as he
strolled out of the ground after the game.
Wantaway substitute Hayden looked equally uncomfortable and after several indiscretions,
went into the back of Murphy in the 66th minute with what looked like
reckless force. Pawson went for his pocket, paused momentarily and then showed a straight
red that was undoubtedly justified.
Apologising later via social media, Hayden rightly called the tackle
needless and stupid - and he's dead right. Whether his desire to leave the
club meant that he wasn't in the right frame of mind is unimportant - he'll
certainly have no qualms about picking up his pay packet this week.
United arguably played their best football when a man short and after Arter
survived despite his terrible hack, a sense of injustice seemed to fire-up
Rafa's side in the closing stages.
Mo Diame was fouled on the "D" but Kenedy wasted the free-kick hitting it
low into the wall, with Joselu slicing the follow-up out for a throw.
Then came the penalty incident, after substitute Yoshinro Muto's ball across
the box was clearly handled by Bluebirds Captain Sean Morrison.
Kenedy duly stepped up in front of the away fans and may have been
confident, but just didn't look like he fancied it, reprising an equally poor dead ball attempt
from slightly further out shortly before.
A quick poll of fellow
sufferers confirmed that his miss was no shock.
With Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal next up in the league, a barely-deserved draw today at least got us off zero points.
However, spurning the golden opportunity for a win that unexpectedly dropped
in our lap was careless - and potentially of great significance come next
Quite what the future holds for Neil Warnock's side remains to be seen,
but their failure to beat ten men or even score against us doesn't bode
well. Some watchers seemed to think that their brand of football had
improved, but aside from Murphy's runs, the names had changed but nowt else.
Few of our lot enhanced their reputations though and had the continuing
shortages at right back not forced Rafa's hand with substitutions then there
were plenty of candidates to be hauled off.
Former Swansea man Jonjo Shelvey did what he could to silence "Harry
Potter" chants from home fans, supplying some incisive passes that neither
Joselu nor Perez could capitalise on sufficiently. Other than that though,
our regular brainless loss of possession was simply painful to watch.
A sizeable improvement over those next three daunting games is required if we're to
avoid travelling to Crystal Palace next month for a "relegation six
We're by no means his greatest fans, but the likely return of DeAndre Yedlin next
weekend is positive news, while the enforced loss of Hayden gives
more urgency to the task of integrating Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez
into a defence that can take little solace from keeping a clean sheet here.
Salomon Rondon's lack of match fitness meanwhile has to be addressed quickly,
if only for giving his colleagues with some sort of target, a physical
presence....and something for us to enthuse over.