Jonjo Shelvey blasts Newcastle ‘Whingebags’ after Nottingham Forest’s home defeat to the Magpies… but assures his former teammates he means it ‘in a joking way’
Jonjo Shelvey criticized Newcastle’s behavior after Eddie Howe’s side beat Nottingham Forest with an Alexander Isak penalty at the last minute.
The Forest midfielder played for the Tyneside club for five years before joining his new team in the January transfer window this year.
But his newfound loyalty was evident in his criticism of his former team-mates’ on-pitch decorum during Friday night’s 2-1 defeat at the City Ground.
Newcastle heavily appealed for two penalties during the game, the first in the opening 45 minutes when Bruno Guimaraes was challenged in the area, but only conceded their second.
With the score level, Alexander Isak stepped up in stoppage time to scoop the ball over an outfoxed Keylor Navas to hand the visitors their victory on the road.
Jonjo Shelvey’s January signing was dejected for not getting more from the game against Newcastle
Shelvey called his former teammates “bastards” but emphasized his love for his old club
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Shelvey said: “I didn’t think so [Newcastle] would whine just as much as on the field. But it’s a game of football. I now represent this football club. I will give everything. But yes, a lot of suckers in their team.’
“I’ll tell them, just in a funny way. I hope they come into Europe and only have positive words about the club.’ added the former magpie.
Newcastle also had an Elliot Anderson header controversially disallowed after a three-minute VAR check for offside in the build-up.
Shelvey’s former manager Eddie Howe was asked for his reaction and said: “It’s hard about what’s happening on the pitch – even I don’t know what’s happening on the pitch but I definitely have only positive things to say . about Jonjo.’
Discussing Forest’s performance in the game, Shelvey said he thought the team ‘fought hard’.
‘[We] limited them. We knew they would have a lot of possession, which is disappointing. When you’re in the position where we’re in every point it’s vital, and I thought we deserved something from the game, but it wasn’t to be.
“You know they will always start fast, once we started playing longer we got the goal, and it’s probably a bit naive to admit at half-time.
Newcastle’s first scoring attempt was disallowed in the run-up to offside
“We knew Newcastle are the best in the league in terms of running stats so we had to match that and I think we did, but got undone late on. We can’t stop thinking about it, we’re going back to the training field.
“I wish there was another game right away, but it’s two weeks [due to the international break]. So we go onto the training field.’
With no points taken at home, Forest remain in 14th place, but only two points above the relegation zone.
Forest have not lost a win in their last six games and have just 11 Premier League games left in the season to recapture their form and avoid a relegation battle.