Shelvey blasts ‘shocking’ mistake

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Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has blasted his involvement in the penalty shootout defeat to Leicester City which saw them crash out of the Carabao Cup.

The England international claimed he will never take penalties again when reacting to the defeat, and apologised to the fans after his spot-kick was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

Shelvey admitted to the Chronicle after the defeat on Wednesday night, that the Magpies deserved much more from the cup clash, as a Yoshinori Muto goal cancelled out James Maddison’s free-kick to send the game straight to penalties.

“I want to apologise to the fans for missing the penalty,” he said.

“It was a shocking penalty on my behalf. I won’t be taking them any more. I just wanted to come out and apologise to the fans.”

Shelvey was drafted back into Steve Bruce’s starting 11 after being an unused substitute in Newcastle’s victory over Tottenham.


Nearly every single player in football has missed from the penalty spot before in their career, and Shelvey’s admission seems very drastic at this moment in time. It might have been a shocking attempt on goal which was relatively easily saved by the Danish stopper but the time will come for the midfielder to step up and use his experience into taking that responsibility once again. Shelvey impressed again in the 90 minutes in the cup clash, making 56 passes in the game, 21 more than any other player on the park, and 30 passes more than Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden managed combined against Spurs [Chronicle]. That being said, one mistake doesn’t instantly mean that Shelvey had a shocker against Leicester, and if anything, he has given Bruce a selection headache ahead of the game against Watford next up in the top-flight. The wound of exiting the cup will soon heal and Shelvey will come to the realisation that there is no blame in missing a penalty.

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