It wasn’t a good day at the office for Newcastle United in their Saturday teatime clash at Hillsborough, with Jonjo Shelvey the only outfield payer to really do himself justice.
A number of second-half efforts were saved by the keeper before he finally scored when gambling and getting into the box, then finishing off the rebound from the Mitrovic shot that was saved.
Jonjo Shelvey of course also hit the bar with an outrageous from his own half on the stroke of half-time.
Another feature of the midfielder this season is that he comes out with some interesting quotes at times, not what you generally get from your average player.
Shelvey isn’t shy of saying the odd thing that isn’t the usual platitudes, rather than praising Sheffield Wednesday he preferred to say ‘I don’t think Sheffield Wednesday are a tremendous team to be honest with you’.
Obviously they aren’t a ‘tremendous team’ or else they wouldn’t be only sixth and facing a fight to even make the play-offs but they have now made Newcastle look very ordinary on two occasions this season.
Maybe Jonjo Shelvey earned the right to be a little outspoken, having been the one Newcastle player who showed he was better than those on the other side, otherwise it would have looked extremely lame if coming from a Diame, Perez or Gouffran, or a number of others.
Goals do win games and if that Shelvey effort had gone in then I have no doubt that we would have been talking about another Newcastle win but yet again, after going behind we never really looked likely to get anything out of yesterday’s match.
Jonjo Shelvey speaking to NUFC TV:
“I thought we had enough chances to win.
“In the first half they had a few chances as well but I thought we done enough throughout the game to get the three points.
“I don’t think Sheffield Wednesday are a tremendous team to be honest without you but it is what it is.”
‘It might not have been the best 45 minutes but if your audacious effort had gone in, you would have been one up at the break?’
“Yes, we were still comfortable, we started the game really well, passing the ball about.
“We then fell from that a little bit when they started having a few chances.
“Then in the second half we should have gone a couple of goals up early doors.
“Two set-pieces have done us.
“I had been looking earlier in the game and saw the keeper off his line, so I just thought if I get a bit of space I’ll try it.
“I have tried a few times in my career and have scored before from halfway, I’m confident enough to do that.
“I was pleased with my shooting overall but only problem was my other shots were straight at the keeper.