Jonjo Shelvey blasts Newcastle ‘WHINGEBAGS’ following Nottingham Forest’s home defeat to the Magpies… but assures his former team-mates he means it ‘in a jokey way’
Jonjo Shelvey blasted Newcastle’s behaviour after Eddie Howe’s side beat Nottingham Forest with a last-minute Alexander Isak penalty.
The Forest midfielder played for the Tyneside club for five years, before joining his new team in this year’s January transfer window.
But his newfound allegiance was clear in his critique of his former team-mates’ decorum on the pitch during Friday night’s 2-1 defeat at the City Ground.
Newcastle appealed heavily for two penalties during the match, the first in the opening 45 minutes when Bruno Guimaraes was challenged in the area, but were only awarded their second.
With the scoring level, Alexander Isak stepped up in stoppage time to scoop the ball over an outfoxed Keylor Navas to hand the visitors their win on the road.
Jonjo Shelvey called his former team-mates ‘whingebags’ but stressed his love for his old club
Alexander Isak buried the ball with his stoppage-time penalty to seal the visitors’ win
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Shelvey commented: ‘I didn’t think they [Newcastle] would whinge as much as they did on the pitch. But it is a game of football. I represent this football club now. I will give it my all. But yeah, a lot of whingebags in their team.
‘I’ll tell them that, only in a jokey way. I hope they get into Europe and have just positive words about the club.’ added the former Magpie.
Newcastle also had an Elliot Anderson header controversially ruled out after a three-minute VAR check due to offside in the build-up.
Shelvey’s former manager, Eddie Howe, was asked for his reaction and said: ‘It’s a difficult one about what goes on the pitch – even I don’t know what goes on the pitch but certainly, I’ve only got positive things to say about Jonjo.’
Discussing Forest’s performance in the match, Shelvey said he thought the team ‘battled hard’.
‘[We] restricted them. We knew they would have a lot of the ball, its disappointing. When you’re in the position that we’re in every point is vital, and I thought we deserved something from the game, but it wasn’t to be.
‘You know they’re always going to start fast, once we started playing longer we got the goal, and its probably a bit naïve to concede right on the break.
Newcastle’s first scoring attempt was ruled out for offside in the build-up
But despite the premature celebrations the Magpies were on top by the time the whistle blew
‘We knew that Newcastle are top of the league on running stats, so we had to match that and I think we did, just got undone late on. We can’t dwell on it, we’ll get back on the training pitch.
‘I wish there was another game straight away, but it’s two weeks [due to the international break]. So we’ll get on the training pitch.’
With no points taken at home, Forest remain in 14th place, but only two points above the relegation zone.
Winless in their last six games, Forest only have eleven Premier League games left in the season to recapture their form and avoid being drawn into a relegation battle.