Alan Shearer had to suffer along with the rest of the Newcastle fans on Saturday afternoon.

An absolutely abysmal game in Wales, that leaves us all worrying about what will happen in these next nine months.

The referee had a shocker but he will be relieved that the two teams were even worse.

Creativity and quality at an absolute premium and aimless balls hoofed up the pitch, the main tactic of both teams.

Alan Shearer described it as a ‘terrible game’ and I think that is being kind.

The only consolation for those watching on TV was that they hadn’t been one of those to get up in the early hours and travel to Cardiff for the 12.30pm kick-off.

He wasn’t alone but Kenedy was terrible, every time he got the ball he seemed to turn into trouble and lose it.

However, the final minutes with Newcastle down to 10 men thanks to Hayden’s daft but dubious sending off, Kenedy first won and then wasted a great free-kick on the edge of the box.

Then in the sixth and final minute of injury time, he was bizarrely allowed to take a penalty with I’m sure everybody watching fearing the worst.

Alan Shearer declared a ‘Terrible penalty’ as Kenedy’s tame effort was easily saved, why on earth the likes of Lascelles and Shelvey didn’t step in and insist on somebody else taking it, who knows?

Massive problems at Newcastle and Alan Shearer probably just grateful he isn’t on Match of The Day tonight.

Alan Shearer:

“Two poor teams today.

“A terrible game and an awful penalty!”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Cardiff 0 Newcastle 0

Possession was Cardiff 51% Newcastle 49%

Total shots were  Cardiff 12 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Cardiff 1 Newcastle 6

Corners were  Cardiff 5 Newcastle 5

Referee: Craig Pawson

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo (Hayden 45, sent off on 66), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 70), Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez (Muto 65), Joselu

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Fernandez, Ki, Rondon

Crowd: 30,720



  • Leicester Mag

    Again why do we tolerate this? No other fans would. There is no future with this clown

    • Andy Mac

      Yup the fans deserve better than this shlte especially those who travelled

      • kingfisher

        The 50,000 who turn up at every home game don’t deserve better Andy.If they are happy to go to SJP every home game, then they get what they deserve: Ashley and relegation

        • nufcslf

          Couldn’t agree more. How could anybody in the right mind be thinking, ‘I can’t wait for the Chelsea match’. This has hit rock bottom yet again after 2 matches, but those of us that seem to know just a bit about football knew it before a ball was kicked. Empty ground and the sh*t would hit the fan, but will never happen. When does the season end??!!…….

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            How has it hit rock bottom. We more than matched Cardiff and Spurs and should have had four points. Perez very unlucky with his second chance and a missed penalty. Plus Rafa has not picked his best team. Cannot wait for the Chelsea match.

    • ghostrider

      Tolerate what?
      Rafa set the team up. Do you mean why are we tolerating Rafa not playing capable players?
      Getting rid of him could change things up I suppose but we’d need an immediate manager to come in and get this squad into shape.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    A mid 40’s, injured & retired Shearer is miles better than those half heads. A would say Joselu is useless buts that’s being kind, Muto runs around like a dog chasing a fly. You know he’ll never get anywhere & if he did, he wouldn’t know what to do

  • GlasgowMag

    When the penalty got given after jumping up and down I said to my wife don’t let it be Kenedy!! As I turned around he was standing at the spot [email protected] you couldn’t make it up!!!

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      maybe, just maybe, the arrogance of youth and unnaturally big egos of young footballers like Kenedy will be tempered by a dire performance and he’ll be a better player because he learns from his failures

      • GlasgowMag

        I think the first thing he should recognise if he’s having a nightmare and his confidence is down best to fall on his sword and let someone else to take the penalty!!!

      • nufcslf

        Better hope so, because doing step overs and roll overs into trouble and losing the ball every time makes you a clown and not a clever footballer.

  • Andy Mac

    That game reminded me of a previous era when we had a grey haired numbnut in charge. It had nothing to offer not even effort ?

    • HarryHype59

      That performance reminded me of those endured in the McClaren era.

  • Sickandtired

    Having your wisdom teeth removed without anesthetic would have been more fun than watching this dross.

    • Paul Cannell

      I don’t think so.

      • Sickandtired

        If you found anything remotely entertaining about that match, other than the refereeing, then God help you.

  • kingfisher

    I would suspect that having your japs eye pierced would be a close second 🤣

  • East Durham Mag

    The total lack of investment in quality is only too apparent. Fatty will not care one jot.

  • Paul Cannell

    It’s only the second game of the season. Rafa is probably making a point to the fat controller. He will somehow get us over the line and finish 4th bottom, just like fatty wants to. Then Rafa will leave.

  • Foggy

    Rafa certainly played his part in losing this game. How on earth a manger with his experience allowed the worst player on the field by a mile to take that penalty is beyond me. I don’t care if he was the designated penalty taker, FFS Rafa you blew it.

    • Michael

      Foggy you’ve nailed it. Shelvey should have took the free kick and the penalty

      • fistsofsteel2

        Perez should have took the penalty.

    • Paul Cannell

      He knew Kenedy had a mare, he also knew he’ll most likely get a ban so he thought if he scored it would get his confidence back. It backfired big style.

  • Desree

    Well. I think on this show that the players and Rafa have had enough.

    Fatty has taken too many liberties and people want out.

    • ghostrider

      The players and Rafa have had enough?
      It’s 2 game sinto the season…what are you talking about?

  • magpiefifer

    Only 2 games in,but where will the next points come from based on what we’ve seen and the teams we’re about to face!!!?
    Not looking good is it Mr Ashley – but what does he care!!!!!?

  • fistsofsteel2

    It was good to see our goal hungry striker, and Rafa’s fave, fighting to take the penalty……..at one point I thought Jos was going to knock Kenedy out just to take the pen and continue his golden streak. Great to know we have passionate guys like Jos giving it their all and picking up his £50k per week.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Would help if Rafa actually picked his best team as he let Gayle go and replaced him with Joselu which was not the plan. Good as he has played. Why take Perez off the only player on the pitch likely to score.