Wednesday evening proved to be a forgettable one for Newcastle United, their supporters, interim manager John Carver and a couple of supposed first-team ‘stars’.
Prior to that, during a first-half altercation, Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans tangled in an incident which has resulted in both being handed lengthy bans by the Football Association – as confirmed on Saturday.
The Red Devils defender appeared to spit in the direction of the Newcastle striker, with the Senegal international then responding in kind.
Tyneside legend Malcolm Macdonald - writing in his column for the Evening Chronicle - was left disgusted by the actions of a fellow frontman, but has also accused Mehdi Abeid of undermining the collective effort – with the 22-year-old playing the needless back-pass which led to Krul’s costly error.
All in all, ‘Supermac’ believes the actions of a select few could have far-reaching implications for the wider Newcastle United fraternity, with the loss of Cisse set to cost them dear and Carver unlikely to see his caretaker role extended past the end of the season following another setback on home soil.
Macdonald wrote: “As for the way Newcastle lost the match in the last minute that was a disgrace. There is a rule that all managers and players ought to adhered to – if in doubt boot it out.
“That’s what Mehdi Abeid ought to have done. He should never have put Tim Krul under such awful pressure.
“What happened was naive and John Carver ought to have gone mad with his players afterwards. That defeat and the actions of Cisse can lose him his job long-term.
“United now have to play without Cisse until the last three matches of the season. My question is this: who scores regularly in his absence? And if United don’t score they don’t win!”
Carver was unlikely to land the Newcastle job on a permanent basis anyway, with an ambitious Premier League outfit expected to turn to a more experienced figure in the summer.
Macdonald is, however, right to suggest that the actions of those working under him at present are doing little to aid his cause.
The Magpies have won just two of their 10 games since seeing Alan Pardew depart for Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, and have just 10 more in which to try and finish the season with a flourish.