Newcastle United’s return to the English Premier League didn’t get off to the best of starts on Sunday after Tottenham Hotspur visited St James’ Park and left with a 2-0 win.
After competing strongly in the first half and frustrating Mauricio Pochettino’s side, the second half started horribly. Captain Jonjo Shelvey lost his cool and stamped on the leg of Dele Alli, right under the nose of referee Andre Marriner, who was left with no choice but to show him a red card.
As you’d expect, from that point on Spurs gradually asserted their authority on the game and after Alli opened the scoring just after the hour mark, there was only going to be one winner.
It wasn’t the start manager Rafa Benitez was looking for but he can at least take comfort in the fact his team competed well with last season’s second-placed side right up to the point they went down to ten men.
Newcastle fans were left fuming with team captain Shelvey and took to Twitter to share their thoughts about his moment of madness…
Think I'd have to get dragged apart from Shelvey if I was an #NUFC player in that dressing room. What a complete and utter muppet.
— David O'Neill (@DavieONeill) August 13, 2017
How can OUR free kick lead to Shelvey standing on a players foot! He's an utter, undisciplined fool #nufc
— Laura Toby Elliott (@lauratoby) August 13, 2017
Jonjo Shelvey, for me, isn't a captain. That was the case when Steve McClaren handed him the armband and it's the same now. #nufc
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) August 13, 2017
Its like Shelvey cheated on NUFC today. Still cant belive what he did. I was so mancrushed, and now only crushed. #NUFC
— #NUFC Portal (@NufcPortal) August 13, 2017
So disappointed in Shelvey today, just no need. Your selfish act impacts everyone ? #NUFC
— Kirsty Marshall (@Missnufc85) August 13, 2017
If anyone ever needed confirmation on why Shelvey will never play for England again…there you go. #NUFC
— Burnsie (@BenArfaChance) August 13, 2017
If I ever seen Jonjo Shelvey in the Newcastle starting eleven again I will scream. Merino is twice the player he is. #NUFC
— TheBallWinner (@TheBallWinner) August 13, 2017
Unless your name is Jonajoseph James Cuthbert Shelvey there's no shame in that defeat under the circumstances. On to the next one #nufc
— King Ross (@RossOnRasslin) August 13, 2017