Cardiff 0 Newcastle 0 – Instant United fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s draw
Cardiff 0 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 18 August 12.30pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle grabbing a 0-0 draw with 10 men after a desperate 96 minutes.
Last weekend Kenedy wasted a one on one with the keeper that could have won at least a point, today he topped off a woeful 96 minutes with a feeble penalty.
“Kenedy a hugely frustrating afternoon and I have seen him play better, but why is he even stepping up for that in the first place.
“Just having to think about how 0-0 in the circumstances with the fixtures we have coming up is not a disaster, but that was a big chance missed no doubt.
“Last seasons tactics of ‘make them think we are rubbish then take the points late on’ almost paid off for Rafa in this most dreadful of matches.
“A few controversial incidents can’t hide that this was awful stuff and anyone who finishes below Cardiff this season will be relegated.
“I don’t think that will be us, but we have to play better than this or go down.
“Even the clean sheet didn’t mean the defence played well, I thought we were lame all over the pitch today.
“No one more so than Kenedy who had a rotten game and his last second penalty miss should have been avoided. He may well be the designated penalty taker but he was not in a position to take it.
“It was rubbish, he was rubbish, the referee was rubbish, the match was rubbish. 0-0 makes it sound better than it was. They should have called it off yesterday and taken a point each.”
“A really poor display capped by an astonishing waste of a penalty with the the very last kick of the game.
“Some of our fans were up at 3am to travel down to see that. My sympathies.
“Newcastle weren’t great here, that’s putting it mildly, so the fact that a gilt edged chance came along to snatch all three points was as astonishing as it was welcome, especially against Neil Warnock.
“Up steps the boy from Brazil and the chance to get a thoroughly undeserved win went begging. Insert your own expletives here!
“I am amazed Kenedy was taking it. He’s felt the pressure, after a poor all round performance that could yet see him on the end of an FA charge.
“The best thing I can say is that we all know Rafa likes to grind out the points and that was on full show today.
“A red card for Hayden made it all the more tricky. I’d have settled for a point but we’ve definitely looked a gift horse in the mouth.
“A point on the road is the positive to take. 39 more needed.”
“I’ve just about calmed down to write this but I can’t remember a game that enraged me as much as that.
“The referee was a total disgrace. He didn’t give us one single throw in and that Arter assault was a total joke. The fact he even gave the penalty was a shock.
“The performance was abysmal.
“Kenedy should not have been anywhere near that penalty. That’s one of the worst performances I’ve seen from a player and his free kick before, should have been enough evidence to say he wasn’t gonna score.
“I couldnt believe it at the time and still can’t.
“Raging!!! Absolutely raging.”
“Going to say it like it was. Pure garbage all over the park from the lads today and the only positive I can really say is we got our first point of the season.
“Manquillo is up there with the worst players ever to pull on a black and white shirt. Thought it was a favour when he took the opportunity to go off injured, that was before Hayden who clearly doesn’t want to be here, chopped his way to a dubious red.
“Rafa doesn’t get away without criticism either mind, as Rondon and Muto should have started, or at least one of them, and Rafa should know that away from home against a game newly promoted team that Manquillo would be targeted.
“I do love Rafa, and in his defence he wanted new full backs, but others knew best.
“Worrying and a difficult watch and Cardiff who are lacking real quality, were always in it. In fact if Zahore didn’t have a head like a 50p piece they would have had a goal or two.
Mention for Kenedy, as he was shocking all game and then to ask him to take a spot kick on 95 minutes to win it – was obvious what was going to happen. On top of that you can guarantee he will be getting a retro 3 match ban.
“I couldn’t give any player barring Dubravka more than 5 out of 10.
“Apart from that it was mint.”
“Having travelled over 300 miles to watch it, I want to try to say something positive about the game – we got a point…”
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
(Alan Shearer reacts to today’s dismal match HERE)
(A nightmare for Kenedy on Saturday – Read HERE)
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]