Rafa Benitez confirms Newcastle’s penalty hierarchy after Kenedy miss

Annette Crawford
August 20, 2018

After making history in his EPL debut by becoming the first-ever Filipino and Southeast Asian to play in the highest level of English football, Etheridge recorded his first clean sheet and saving Cardiff City from their second straight loss, holding Newcastle United to a 0-0 draw, Saturday.

But Etheridge shot down the visitors' hopes after gloving Kenedy's penalty, helping Cardiff collect their first point of the season.

It was 0-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium in a game that the home side should have been leading after a dominant second-half display.

The Bluebirds nearly lost their second consecutive game in the league when club captain Sean Morrison conceded a penalty after he handled Yoshinori Muto's cross.

Rafa Benitez revealed Kenedy would not have taken Newcastle's controversial injury time penalty against Cardiff had Matt Ritchie still been on the pitch.

But Neil Etheridge was the hero for the Bluebirds, blocking Kenedy's unconvincing spot-kick to secure a share of the spoils. "We also lost the first two past year and finished 10th", said Benitez told the Newcastle Chronicle.

"It was a hard game". We have problems in the right-back positions - too many things went against us. But it's true; we lost two games in the Championship and then won the league. It's a pity with 10 players - you can't complain about the workrate.

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