Newcastle United were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup on Saturday evening, and after the match their fans came down hard on one player in particular.
The Magpies will have to head to Ewood Park to try and book their spot in the fourth round of the famous competition, but when they trailed 1-0 with six minutes remaining that is an outcome they may well have settled for.
The Championship outfit had nothing to lose, and were ahead of a low in confidence Newcastle team midway through the second half when Bradley Dack put Rovers in front, and having made a number of changes to his starting XI, Rafael Benitez could have been excused for wondering if there was a way back for his side.
The Magpies were rescued from the spot by Matt Ritchie with time ticking down in the contest, to give them another chance of progressing in 10 days.
It would be fair to say that few Newcastle players covered themselves in glory at any stage in the encounter, and those who were playing for places in the side did little to stand out and make themselves automatic selections.
One man who had a particularly frustrating evening in a Magpies shirt was Brazilian winger Kenedy. He struggled to get into the match and everything he tried resulted in little, in a match where he would have been expected to dominate.
The form of the former Chelsea man has been a concern for Newcastle fans throughout the campaign so far, and judging by their posts on social media after the cup tie, their patience with him is wearing thin, if it has not run out completely already.
He was quite heavily criticised by Magpies followers for his lack of application against Blackburn, with many people letting rip on how poor he was.
Here are some of those posts:
Kenedy and Joselu are stealing a living at Newcastle. Garbage #NUFC
— Robert Herd (@RobertHerd) January 5, 2019
We have 4 wingers at the club. Murphy, Ritchie, Atsu and Kenedy. Not one of them can take a man on, not one of them can cross a ball, Kenedy can shoot but that’s about it. It’s an absolute embarrassment for me. No wonder we cannot create and Rafa wants a new winger. Dross #nufc
— David Ebdale (@Ted202_) January 5, 2019
What a disaster of a day for Kenedy and Murphy. They’ve completely lost confidence and don’t look like getting it back anytime soon. Hayden’s head is clearly elsewhere, too. #nufc
— Harry De Cosemo (@harrydecosemo) January 5, 2019
Joselu, Murphy and Kenedy were complete passengers today. If we can end Kenedy’s loan I would. Some of the others weren’t up to much either. I thought Lejeune, Ritchie, Shelvey and Perez looked good #nufc
— Ant4Mind (@1AntB) January 5, 2019
Kenedy should NEVER pull on a Black and White shirt ever again.
Absolutely disgraceful performance out there today.
If only his heart and desire were as big as his gloves 🧤
Get rid and replace with someone who wants to be here and battle.#NUFC
— Burnsie #NUFC (@Optimistoon) January 5, 2019
I sometimes think Kenedy and Perez play with blinkers on. They always seem to run into traffic rather than space.
Have absolutely no awareness of what goes on around them.#NUFC
— Billy 'Radge packet' Whitehurst (@NoseBagStallion) January 5, 2019
And while we're on terminate Kenedy's loan please! #nufc
— Mark Scott (@Throptoon) January 5, 2019
Send Kenedy back to Chelsea hes a waste of a shirt this season. Stick Murphy in the car with him hopefully Chelsea wont notice #nufc
— Josh Stewart (@JoshNUFC91) January 5, 2019
— Ash (@Ashe721) January 5, 2019
Absolutely woeful from #NUFC serious lack of squad strength. Woodman flapped all day at crosses, Kenedy disinterested, send him bk to Chelsea. Hayden doesnt want to be there, get rid. We signed the wrong Murphy twin, Jacob pathetic. Joselu simply not good enough. 😡
— Greig Stewart (@GreigStewart1) January 5, 2019