Warnock re­lief af­ter late Toon miss

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER - PHIL BLANCHE

NEIL WARNOCK de­scribed Kenedy’s stop­page-time penalty miss for New­cas­tle as “po­etic jus­tice” af­ter the Brazil­ian had es­caped a pos­si­ble first-half red card yes­ter­day.

Kenedy wasted the chance to give 10man New­cas­tle the three points in the sixth minute of in­jury time, his weak at­tempt pushed out by Cardiff goal­keeper Neil Etheridge. But Warnock sug­gested Kenedy was lucky to be on the pitch af­ter appearing to kick out at Cardiff ’s Span­ish mid­fielder Vic­tor Ca­ma­rasa in the 33rd minute.

Kenedy may yet face ret­ro­spec­tive dis­ci­plinary ac­tion over the in­ci­dent: “It would have been dev­as­tat­ing to lose at that stage,” said Warnock. “But my dad used to say ‘what goes around, comes around’ so I think the penalty miss was po­etic jus­tice. There’s never a dull mo­ment here. I thought it was a good 0-0, and I’m quite pleased with the whole af­ter­noon, apart from not scor­ing.”

Cardiff were on top when New­cas­tle sub­sti­tute Isaac Hay­den was shown a straight red card af­ter 65 min­utes. Craig Paw­son deemed Hay­den’s tackle on Josh Mur­phy from be­hind as dan­ger­ous, and the ref­eree made an­other huge call sec­onds from the end to pu­n­ish Cardiff cap­tain Sean Mor­ri­son for hand­ball.

Etheridge’s penalty stop was his sec­ond in suc­ces­sive games af­ter sav­ing one in the open­ing game at Bournemouth.

“I think his arm was very close to be­ing out­side the box,” Warnock said. “His body is in­side the box but it was a hair­line. But no com­plaints if you put your hand up.”

On a match which saw both sides col­lect their first points of the sea­son, New­cas­tle boss Rafa Ben­itez said: “It was a very strange game.”

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