Rafa Benitez confirms Newcastle’s penalty hierarchy after Kenedy miss

Daniel Sturridge scored as Liverpool beat West Ham 4-0 at the weekend

Cardiff looked bright early on and they created the first real opportunity, unsurprisingly from a set-piece, picking up where they left off last season.

The Brazilian, seemingly under the nose of referee Craig Pawson, inexplicably kicked out at Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa.

Alas, Kenedy's day took another turn for the worse as his tame effort from the spot was easily parried by keeper Neil Etheridge.

Newcastle attacker Kenedy missed a penalty in extra time to compound issues but Rafa Benitez's team selection was also a hot topic among the fans on Twitter.

A last minute penalty was awarded to the visitors after Sean Morrison's hand made contact with the ball as he went down on the edge of the area.

Joe Ralls' corner detected the unmarked Sol Bamba and his header might have ended up in the net but for Ayoze Perez thrusting out a leg to block.

The former England worldwide striker has also criticised Hayden for his challenge on Murphy.

There is no doubting that Newcastle should be confident coming into this game; Cardiff are under pressure to deliver in front of their own fans, especially after losing their opening game at Bournemouth.

For the match, Etheridge stopped six of Newcastle's shots on goal, including four in the first half.

But Benitez, who takes his side to face newly-promoted Cardiff in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off, wants to keep his squad intact moving forward. Neil Warnock will have been pleased with his team's display in the opening 45 minutes. Newcastle's Kenedy experienced one at Cardiff and is no doubt back under his duvet.

Newcastle sent on Jacob Murphy to share the same pitch with his twin Josh and provide a real football rarity.

'It was a poor penalty, he's not happy he missed a good chance.

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