By Emma Sanders
Jonjo Shelvey has claimed Henri Lansbury “made a meal” out of the tackle which got the Newcastle star sent off during their recent 2-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest.
The midfielder was sent off after 33 minutes in the Championship fixture 10 days ago in which Forest profited from two penalties that were subsequently saved by Magpies keeper Karl Darlow.
Shelvey was due to serve the first part of a two-match suspension ban against Birmingham but the decision was overturned by the FA following an appeal from Newcastle.
“Last week, I felt that I didn’t deserve to be sent off to be honest with you,” Shelvey told NUFC TV.
“I thought the boy made a meal of it, but it is what it is. Obviously, I still felt like I’d let the team down because we ended up losing the game.”
A strike from Niklas Bendtner and an own goal from Jamal Lascelles helped Forest secure an unexpected win against the high-flyers and Newcastle were delivered a further set-back when Paul Dummett was also sent off 15 minutes after Shelvey’s red card incident.
Like his teammate, Dummett was given his marching orders for a tackle on senior man Lansbury.
Shelvey’s inclusion in the side helped Newcastle record a comfortable 4-0 victory against Birmingham and they looked back to their best following a recent dip in form.
Rafa Benitez’ side currently sit in first position in the Championship table and are just one point ahead of Brighton in second place but they will be hoping to consolidate their place when they face Wigan on Wednesday evening.
Their defeat against Nottingham Forest was the third successive defeat but Newcastle were in excellent form prior to the defeat to Blackburn, winning nine games in a row.
Shelvey is expected to start in midfield after making 20 league appearances already this season.