Cardiff manager Neil Warnock described Kenedy’s stoppage-time penalty miss for Newcastle as “poetic justice” after the Brazilian had escaped a possible first-half red card in the 0-0 draw.
Kenedy wasted the chance to give 10-man Newcastle the three points in the sixth minute of injury time, his weak attempt pushed out by Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.
But Warnock suggested Kenedy was lucky to be on the pitch after appearing to kick out at Cardiff’s Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa in the 33rd-minute.
Kenedy may yet face retrospective disciplinary action over the incident, but Warnock said: “It would have been devastating to lose at that stage.
“But my dad used to say ‘what goes around, comes around’ so I think the penalty miss was poetic justice.
“There’s never a dull moment here. I thought it was a good 0-0, and I’m quite pleased with the whole afternoon apart from not scoring.
“I’m really proud to be manager of the whole club today.
“This is what we’ve worked hard to do and we’re not going to give it up without a fight.”
Cardiff were on top when Newcastle substitute Isaac Hayden was shown a straight red card after 65 minutes.
Craig Pawson deemed Hayden’s tackle on Josh Murphy from behind as dangerous, and the referee made another huge call seconds from the end to punish Cardiff captain Sean Morrison for handball.
Etheridge’s penalty stop was his second in successive games after saving one in the opening game at Bournemouth.
“I think his arm was very close to being outside the box,” Warnock said.
“His body is inside the box but it was a hairline. But no complaints if you put your hand up.”
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez admitted he was unhappy after losing right-back Javier Manquillo to injury and seeing his replacement Hayden sent off.
The problems in that department came on the back of Newcastle losing first-choice right-back DeAndre Yedlin to a knee injury against Tottenham on the opening weekend of the season.
“There were too many things that I didn’t like during that game,” Benitez said.
“There were too many decisions that can go in your favour or against you.
“They say there was a tackle on Manquillo. In the end, I think we can not complain about the referee.”
On a match which saw both sides collect their first points of the season, Benitez added: “It was a very strange game.
“We knew it was going to be physical and a difficult afternoon.
“We put ourselves under pressure and made too many mistakes.
“The effort was there but I was disappointed overall.”
Chris Hughton admits Brighton are wary of the “wonderful” talents of Paul Pogba but do not have a specific plan to try and shackle him.
Pogba produced a captain’s performance as Manchester United started the Premier League season with victory over Leicester last Friday.
The influential 25-year-old, who helped France to World Cup success in the summer, is set to retain the armband when Jose Mourinho’s side visit Brighton on Sunday.
“He’s a very, very good player, there’s no doubt so we have to be guarded against that tactically,” said Albion boss Hughton.
“But no special measures.
“He’s capable of having a very good season. I think he showed that in the summer, I think he’s showed that in good periods at United.
“I think he’s a wonderful athlete, can certainly break very, very well from midfield and I think what he has shown is a passing ability that he’s got.
“He’s a wonderful all-round footballer.”
Pogba’s relationship with United manager Mourinho has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks, with the player reportedly unhappy at Old Trafford.
After scoring from the penalty spot in the 2-1 win over the Foxes, he claimed that “there are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined” in his post-match interview.
Mourinho has since said he has never been happier with the midfielder, signed from Juventus for £89million two years ago.
Hughton believes disagreements between coaches and players are a common occurrence in the game and thinks high-profile ones will always attract more attention.
“It’s just part and parcel of a manager’s role,” he said.
“Our main responsibility is to win football matches but around that you have to manage a team of players and there are good moments, bad moments, tough moments, easier moments.
“It just happens that some are highlighted more than others.”
Sunday’s televised clash is the Seagulls’ first home game since they memorably beat United 1-0 in May to secure their top-flight status.
After opening the Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win against Leicester, attention turns to the south coast as United travel to Brighton on Sunday.
Pereira will be hoping to retain his place in the side after impressing in midfield last Friday, when he ended an 897-day wait for a United appearance.
The 22-year-old spent time on loan at Granada and Valencia during that period – time away that has clearly benefited a player determined to kick on again and become a serial winner like manager Mourinho.
“We rely on him because he always prepares the team well,” Pereira said of the manager. “He knows what to do.
“He is a winner and he always wants to win, so because he is like that we turn into that and we want to be like him, so we turn into winners as well so it’s very important.”
Mourinho’s track record is certainly impressive, although the pressure will soon mount after a trophyless 2017-18 and background murmurings about the happiness of big-name players.
Should things go awry you can be sure that the Portuguese will return to the subject of summer spending but perhaps Pereira’s return make him like a new signing.
Nobody played more minutes than the midfielder during the pre-season tour of America and his promise has led to a maiden call-up to the Brazil squad for next month’s matches against the USA and El Salvador.
“An honour that I cannot measure, a joy that explodes the heart, a dream that is realised today!” Pereira wrote on social media. “Thank you, God! Brazilian with pride and love!”
Pereira’s future certainly looks bright, but the midfielder knows his United game time will come under threat when Nemanja Matic returns to fitness.
“I will try to do my best,” he told MUTV. “And when Matic is back, of course he is an unbelievable player.
“I looked up to him since I was young, so I will see when he is back.
“But I will always be ready to play and to do my best for the team.”
Matic and captain Antonio Valencia returned to training on Thursday, but Mourinho says neither will be available for Brighton.
The United boss will also be without Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot, Ander Herrera and Sergio Romero as the side look to make amends for last season’s loss at Brighton.
“It will be for sure a difficult game but we will try to prepare for it as best as we can,” Pereira added.
“I think if you want to think about the title you have to think about every game and we have to win every game.
“Just in this week, so many people told me ‘last year we lost against Brighton’, so we have to prepare.
“I think we are going to get more prepared than last year because we know we lost last season, so this year we don’t want to lose. We want to win over there.”