Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has revealed he “locked” himself in his room following his opening weekend sending off against Tottenham Hotspur.
The 25-year-old was shown a straight red after referee Andre Marriner saw him stamp on Spurs midfielder Dele Alli which subsequently led to him missing the Magpies following two league outings.
It was the lowest Shelvey felt representing the North East club, and it took a while before earning manager Rafael Benitez’s full trust, with his performance against former club Liverpool going a long way to re-establishing himself as an important figure for the Spanish tactician.
“[Liverpool] was the turning point in the season for me as I knew how I felt after that Tottenham game, I did not really want to play football to be honest,” Shelvey told Sky Sports.
“I locked myself in my room because I did not want to speak to anyone, including my family. I just switched my phone off and turned my TV off and that was me for the rest of the night.
“But then you get that feeling after the Liverpool game where you are buzzing because you played well and assisted the goal.
“There are going to be ups and downs in football, you just have to make sure there are more ups than downs.”
“My dad gave me a telling-off after the game. And I would not come out of the changing rooms until we left to go home because I felt that bad and that I had let everyone down, which I had,” he added.
“But the main people that I had to get back onside were my manager, my team-mates and the supporters of the football club. That is my aim and that is what I am going to try and do.
“I sent Rafa a text after the game when I was on my way home really apologising. The next day I came in and we had a little chat and it was forgotten about.
“I said I was going to work my socks off to regain your and the club’s trust. And that is what I am working towards still.”
A graduate of Charlton Athletic’s academy, the Romford-born footballer would leave his boyhood club for Liverpool in 2010 and would ultimately feature across 69 matches for the Reds – registering seven goals and four assists – before leaving for Swansea City, where he earned five of his six England international caps to date.
Shelvey would swap the south of Wales for north England in January 2016 and has so far played 68 time for the Magpies with seven of those appearances coming in this season.
Since that early transgression against Spurs, he has not found himself in the referee’s book and across those five league outings Shelvey has forged an impressive midfield partnership with Spanish Under-21 international Mikel Merino.