Victory at last! Newcastle 3-0 Cardiff

Shola opens the scoring
Shola opens the scoring
Newcastle managed to sign off their home campaign in winning fashion for the first time since 2006, putting the final nail in Cardiff City’s Premier League coffin in the process.

A strange game with little riding on it for the hosts and everything riding on it for the visitors resulted in a pretty comfortable win for a side who have lost the last six on the spin. Aside from a few scares, United deserved the win as Cardiff dropped out of the Premier League with a whimper.

Perhaps the strangest thing about the game was the atmosphere within the ground however. At times it was poisonous as fans vented their anger towards the manager and owner, but by the same token the team remained backed at all times. The planned walk out did go ahead but the numbers who took part weren’t great enough to make the impact that was desired although fair play to those who participated for trying to do something productive.

Frazier Campbell missed the first real chance of the match, snatching his shot wide after Tim Krul made a mess of dealing with a cross from Fabio but United soon started created their own chances, with our right side proving especially fruitful in attack.

Loic Remy saw his effort blocked after Moussa Sissoko crossed into the centre before a shot from Mathieu Debuchy forced David Marshall to push the ball wide. From the following corner Debuchy was again denied, this time by a combination of Marshall and the crossbar before United finally took the lead in the 18th minute when Shola Ameobi nodded in another Sissoko cross.

The former Toulouse man nearly turned from goal provider into goalscorer shortly afterwards, first seeing a shot and then a cross deflected against the woodwork. Despite all of the missed chances it could have been level at half-time had Tim Krul not denied Wilfried Zaha with an outstretched leg.

Half-time: Newcastle 1-0 Cardiff

The second period was a largely started as a largely flat affair with the home side seemingly content on preserving the slender lead and Cardiff unable to rouse themselves into any meaningful attacking move.

However the introduction of former Mackem Kenwyne “Julie” Jones did tilt the balance in favour of the away side temporarily as he forced a point-black save from Tim Krul before Fabricio Coloccini somehow managed to clear an Aron Gunnarsson effort off the line.

Cardiff continued to press, they had to, and eventually United exploited the gaps and made them pay.First Cheik Tiote surged forward on the right before seeing his shot deflected to an unmarked Loic Remy who finished from six yards out to make it 2-0.

It was 3-0 in stoppage time as Dan Gosling crossed for Loic Remy who headed downwards towards goal. David Marshall would have had it but Steven Taylor nipped in and forced the ball home.

Full-time: Newcastle 3-0 Cardiff

I haven’t really got much to remark on regarding the match. It’s a case of “job done” which I suppose is an improvement on recent weeks. It should, and I suspect won’t, paper over any cracks however. Vast improvement is still needed in many areas and an interesting summer awaits.

After our trip to Liverpool next weekend.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Cheik Tiote, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy

Subs:Cardiff: David Marshall; Fabio, Steven Caulker, Ben Turner, Declan John; Peter Whittingham, Aron Gunnarsson, Kim Bo-Kyung, Jordon Mutch, Wilfried Zaha; Frazier Campbell

Subs: Joe Lewis; Kenwyne Jones, Magnus Wollf Eikrem, Don Cowie, Kevin McNaughton, Jo Inge Berget, Craig Bellamy

Attendance: 50,239

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401 thoughts on “Victory at last! Newcastle 3-0 Cardiff

  1. @MDS

    don’t forget the ‘eye off the ball’ by Gerrard v Chelsea.

    I reckon they would of drew that if he hadnt of let Ba in…

    @Kim. 😆


  2. who would take Delph over Barfa. Barfa all day if he lost his weight and attitude but that Delph seems to be a decent player now..


  3. ah well, I’ll leave this game like I did when L’pool were 3-0 up at Palace. there might be a surprise when I return. doubt it tho


  4. MM FOOD@375, Well if he managed all that on hardly any money he’ll suit Jabba down to the ground 😀 , nice to know he’s sound tactically too.


  5. the two teams I wanted down this season were Villa and Scum and both pull off the great escape 👿 wasn’t fussed who the third was tbh.


  6. I will be gutted if Villa are bought by some filthy rich football mad sod. Fed up of us being left in everyones slipstream on the financial and ambition level.


  7. 3.0 with couple of mins left all over. Nevermind Liverpool there’s always next season 😉


  8. Manure fans will be utterly sick , they get it all ways this year . Crap team and the title going to either the hated Liverpool or their noisy neighbours 😆 😆


  9. MM and KIMTOON Koeman would be my choice as i have said before on here ,the guy has done a fantastic job at Feyenoord with no money . He has got a team full of young kids most from the Feyenoord academy into second place in the Dutch Eredivisie and playing a brand of football that would go down well at the Toon .


  10. Axel, That’ll do me then. As I remember he was a pretty good free kick taker too, perhaps he could teach our lads about long range accuracy 😆


  11. Fuck city ❗ 👿
    Champion again…
    The monney is champion not the best team …not the bigger heart … 🙄


  12. Really didn’t want to see City win it as they represent everything rotten about modern football but that looks inevitable now


  13. Hope a good manager com in and give us what we stand for … ❗
    A better football with short pass and movements…with a strong line of defense…
    Just that …**** pards with long ball and stress aces when lost ball ❗
    Ben arfa on 10 free play maker with 2 good strikers Like remy or lukaku..must sign a big midfield 6 and a strong back centr like lescott !!


  14. Newkie @ 341. Sorry, I can’t say I understand what your point is there, but on the franchise thing I guess it’s about perspective. You probably need to spend some time in a country where football isn’t king to understand the positives that something like the ManC franchise brings.

    They spend money on football infrastructure, like academies, training grounds, football specific stadiums, marquee signings, tours, development pathways for local players, media exposure. In short, they raise standards and the profile of the game.

    I guess that’s not something you can appreciate from a country where football is at saturation point. Try imagining an England where football gets as much air time as rugby league does now, then you might have some inkling of what it’s like.


  15. MDS @ 343. There’s a delegation of owners from A-league clubs going to the States to check out how the MLS works and how it progressed. This is after they go to the UK to talk about how the PL is organised – all at the invitation of ManC by the way.


  16. Man City has their paws in everything….

    Well good luck to the A League. I never thought I’d see a domestic league averaging 18,000 a match over my way. They’re doing something right


  17. Troys’ response after once again being done over on the blog! 😆

    I involuntarily broke out in a random robotic dance and started singing a in a Kate Bush voice to the tune of God save the Queen by the Sex Pistols.

    Yep, when you have been embarrassingly caught out contradicting yourself, it’s best to break out into song and dance! 😆 😆 😆
    FTSOTB! 😛


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