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Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey apologises despite helping his side win against Brighton

Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey apologises despite helping his side to a vital win against Brighton, with the player’s post leaving many puzzled.

The Magpies midfielder has publicly stated that he is sorry for his own performance in the Premier League encounter – a decision that has split opinion amongst fans on social media.

Eddie Howe’s side secured another crucial win in their bid for survival on Saturday afternoon and his side are now without defeat in their last eight matches.

They are on course to become the first team in Premier League history to survive relegation after failing to win any of their first 14 games.

It was another impressive performance from Eddie Howe’s in-form side who now sit seven points above the relegation zone in 14th. Two quick-fire goals from Ryan Fraser and Fabian Schar in the opening 15 minutes secured all three points.

But somebody who wasn’t entirely convinced by his own individual performance was Jonjo Shelvey, and took to social media with a message for fans.

The midfielder said the following in a statement on the club’s official Twitter account: “We weren’t at our best yesterday but sometimes you have to grind out results – credit to Brighton.

“I apologise for my own performance: I’ve actually watched the game back twice but I dug deep and am proud of my team for doing the same.

“I honestly thought the fans were absolutely fantastic and it excites me what this place is going to be like in three or four years time and to keep seeing the results you’ve had in the past eight games but on a bigger scale.

“The sky’s the limit.”

Player ratings

Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Krafth (6), Schar (7), Burn (7), Targett (6), Willock (6), Shelvey (6), Joelinton (6), Fraser (8), Wood (7), Murphy (7).

Subs: Saint-Maximin (6), Guimaraes (n/a), Longstaff (n/a).

Brighton: Sanchez (6), Veltman (6), Duffy (6), Dunk (7), Cucurella (6), Gross (7), Alzate (7), Moder (6), Lamptey (6), Trossard (6), Welbeck (6).

Subs: Maupay (6), March (6), Mac Allister (n/a).

Man of the match: Ryan Fraser.

“We’ve got a really difficult run of games – we’ve got four away games, which I think for any team in the Premier League is very difficult, and also they are four difficult opponents, so today was very important,” Eddie Howe said after the game.

“I saw the players in the dressing room afterwards and it’s a good sign. They’re pleased, but they’re not over the top in how they are feeling. They know we are still in the midst of a very important spell.

“We’ve come from a long way back and we had a lot of work to do. I remember sitting here after the Watford game at home and we realised we needed to win matches, draws weren’t going to be good enough for us.

“But the players have committed to everything – again today physically, the shift they put in out of possession was huge, so the spirit and the resolve needed is there.

“There could have been improvements in our performance today, but at the moment, it’s all about the results for us and it was another good one.”

Asked if the Seagulls had deserved more, Graham Potter said: “Performance-wise we did a lot well, I would say, but football is about scoring one more goal than the opponent and that’s what Newcastle did, so in that respect, no. We deserve what we get.

“From our perspective, it was a blow to go 2-0 down so quickly after starting the game well, the better team and then 2-0, we have to recover, which we did.

“We weren’t great in the first half overall, but I thought we were probably the better team, and then second half we improved again and scored a good goal, pushed and pushed. But it wasn’t to be.”

Twitter users reacted Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey apologises despite helping his side win against Brighton…

Players apologising for Performances after 5 wins in 6 and 8 PL games unbeaten, wow.
Chin up jonjo, you misplaced a few passes, hardly a big deal.
Did we even get an apology for Ciaran Clark’s 9 minute Red card?

@BerbBerbson: Unnecessary apology

@SAMorfett: He’s right he digged deep maybe now he needs a little rotation with Bruno to recharge the batteries, but understand Eddie’s reluctance as the team’s performance have been great and Shelvey’s played his part in the recent run.

@sambIackstone: Love that a lot from him

@Joe_NUFC_: To recognise it wasn’t his best game shows how good the mentality they all have now is.

@MiggySmiles: Genuinely felt goosebumps coming on whilst reading this, never would’ve seen shelvey thinking and speaking like this in the past

@LewisCourtney_: Can I feel your head jonjo

@kevlaa83: This is a bit of un required, A team like Brighton coming to Newcastle is never going to be a game for Jonjo… No need to apologise he’s been amazing recently

@ManquilloSZN; I rate Jonjo for this, what a turn around he’s had

@danmole92: @MarcusRashford you’re the man for statements, what you giving this out of 10?

@Callumtroy97: Elite mindset ⚫️⚪️

@Ginger_Pirlo: I think he’s being a bit harsh on himself tbh but shows he’s willing to improve with each game. Otherwise known as the Eddie Howe mentality 😁 #nufc

@AngelNUFC: Willock also had a bad game, no one plays amazing every single game. We got the 3 points and that’s all that anyone will remember.

@lukewilson1802: Players apologising when we win games! We really are in unprecedented times

@joshnufc__: class act jonjo 💪

@stupotstevo: To be fair Jonjo for a team to be able to perform off the boil and still get a fantastic result is an extremely good sign … and with our fixtures coming up there is plenty of opportunity for you all to get back to those high levels again.. the team is key though 👏

@El_Tibur0n: I think his performance levels have increased dramatically since EH got hold of him. No apology necessary, we wouldn’t have won that game not so long ago.

@JamlaTibs: This really demonstrates how well these players have responded to what Eddie Howe and his staff are demanding. Apologising after a win against a side above us in the table – that’s a brilliant attitude.

@ScottForbes86: There’s never any need for anyone to apologise win, lose or draw. The improvement in the last 4 months from Jonjo has been astounding

@EllieCowzer: Got so much respect for Jonjo. He doesn’t deserve the hate he gets. HWTL!

@Leewale1983: Can’t fault him like he loves the club I remember a champ man Crewe jonjo

@Geordie1723: He loves the north east and credit for being honest but you can’t always play your best Jonjo but just like you said you and the lads dug in and that’s all we want that the lads give 100% even when things are not going to plan, let’s see you score at Southampton. 👏🖤🤍🖤🤍

@jaden_pudlich9: The proper fans will actually remember the players who kept us in the league in 5 years time and just how much difference Eddie has made to us

@DanMcMahonF1: Well done Jonjo. Great of you admitting it wasn’t your best game yesterday. Nobody produces their best every single week. What matters is digging deep to get results regardless, which you’re all doing. Fantastic to see you flourishing under Eddie 👏⚫️⚪️ #NUFC

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