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