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Cardiff 0 Newcastle 0 – A game that nobody deserved to win and certainly nobody deserved to watch

8 months ago
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Difficult to know what to say after watching Cardiff 0 Newcastle 0.

On this form, surely the worst two teams in the Premier League.

You would almost think that the two clubs needed more investment in their squads…

Promoted Cardiff had a £50m higher net spend on their squad this summer and yet looked hopeless.

As for Newcastle….they were even worse.

Kenedy had a nightmare and yet stayed on the pitch, somehow allowed to take the injury time penalty that could have hilariously won the game for Newcastle.

Not so funny that he was allowed to take it and predictably failed, as he had done all game.

Not the fault of the Chelsea loan player overall of course, this summer summed up by the fact that Mike Ashley refused to even allow an offer to buy the Brazilian who had done well last season on loan.

When a football club is rotten from the very top down, no surprise maybe if you end up with the shambles we saw today.

Maybe most of us would have made a different team selection but whether it would have made any difference is doubtful.

The average transfer paid by a Premier League club this summer was £16m and yet the highest fee in his two and a half years at Newcastle, that Rafa has been allowed to pay, is £12m.

Newcastle’s attacking trio of Perez, Joselu and Kenedy cost less than £7m between them, whilst Fulham pay up to £27m for one striker and Everton £40m+, Mike Ashley has ensured a total lack of ambition at NUFC and now it appears to be getting to the players on the pitch.

Desperate times ahead unless something significant changes.

Stephen Warnock speaking on Radio 5 Live:

“Wow. What a finish to the game.

“Why is Jonjo Shelvey letting him take that penalty?

“Brilliant from Neil Etheridge and well deserved for Cardiff as neither team deserved to win.”

Michael Pearlman of BBC Wales Sport:

“Newcastle waste one of their best chances of the whole match with a well placed freekick as Kenedy strikes the Cardiff wall.

“He did not complete a single pass in the first half and should have been sent off.

“He’s had a nightmare…

“Who would have predicted Kenedy’s penalty would be saved?

“Everyone! He had a nightmare from start to finish.

“Cardiff City’s first Premier League point will feel like a victory.

“I can hardly ever remember seeing a worse individual performance than Kenedy’s though. A game he will want to forget in a hurry.”

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

(Alan Shearer reacts to today’s dismal match HERE)
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