Cardiff City earned their first point of the season in fortuitous circumstances as Newcastle United striker Kenedy missed a stoppage-time penalty to ensure it ended 0-0.
The game saw Republic of Ireland International Harry Arter make his debut and Neil Warnock will have been impressed with the midfielder's work rate and composure. However, the 28-year-old may have been lucky to avoid a red card for a contentious challenge.
Earlier in the tie Newcastle substitute Isaac Hayden received a straight red card after lunging in from the back on Josh Murphy. Just before the hour mark, Arter put in a challenge of his own when he caught Joselu with a high challenge. Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports it was a 'shocking' tackle and definite red card.
Speaking to Wales Online after the game, Arter expressed his satisfaction at his debut and the result.
The most important thing was getting a point. The crowd were right behind us. The fashion we got it, in the end, felt like three points given the circumstances.
Cardiff fans were content with his performance, but there was also a sense that the Bournemouth loanee got away with one.
— lee harry 🏴 (@leeharry05) August 18, 2018
Harry Arter looking very good for Cardiff so far. Harries well and plays simple, clever passes. Could be a good season for him from an Irish perspective as Cardiff could be on the back foot a lot. Similar direct style to Ireland. #COYBIG #WeDontHaveThePlayers
— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) August 18, 2018
Harry Arter would tackle a moving bus, blokes a kamikaze
— Scott Delaney (@Scott_delaney15) August 18, 2018
Where's the red for Harry arter? #CARNEW
— Ian Lavery Jnr (@LaveryJnr) August 18, 2018
Harry Arter should be sent off there. Gets away with a yellow.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 18, 2018
Pawson where is the consistency, that Harry Arter tackle was so high, no where near the ball, absolutely cynical tackle, should of been a red too
— AFCvis™ (@PyramidPirlo) August 18, 2018
Overall, Arter can be content with his performance. Tackle aside, he was impressive throughout and looks exceptionally fit for a man who has played little football recently. Next up is a crucial away trip to Huddersfield, as Warnock looks to defy the odds and avoid the drop this season.