Cardiff 0 Newcastle 1 – Proud Magpies Win Again


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Fabricio Coloccini sent a proud Newcastle United back to the top of the Championship today with the only goal of the game at the Cardiff City Stadium.


The only bad news was that on 92 minutes captain, Alan Smith was sent off for a second bookable offense and he will now miss a game due to suspension. In the second half it looked like the ref had his eye on Smith, and unfortunately the inevitable happened just before the end of the game.

However Nicky Butt will be available to fill in for him in defensive midfield.

The winning goal came after just 18 minutes as Newcastle started the match stroking the ball around the pitch, and it was Argentine International Fabricio Coloccini who scored, and to think he had only arrived back from South America 48 hours ago. Fabricio was in the Argentine World Cup squad for the defeats to Brazil and Paraguay.

It was from a Ryan Taylor corner kick and young Nile Ranger challenged Scotland International goalkeeper David Marshall for the ball, and the ball bounced around and was put back to Taylor by Coloccini.

Then Ryan delivered a cross to the far post where Coloccini climbed beautifully to head into the bottom corner of the net, for his very first goal for the club. Great work by the Argentine, who looks a class above other players in this league.

Newcastle deserved this win, which takes them back to the top of the Championship, but they had to contain a good Cardiff City side, urged on by thei supporters, for long periods.

But the lads are now two points clear before the next game away at Plymouth on Wednesday.

All 3 substitutes were given a run out with Lovenkrands on for Guthrie on 62 mins, Butt on for Ryan Taylor on 76 mins, and Geremi for Barton on 87 minutes, so this will give Butt and Lovenkrands much needed match practice.

Dare we say Newcastle looked a well coached side today!

And that’s 5 wins on the trot, with four of them in the league and without conceding a goal too.

The play of the Newcastle defense with Harper solid, and the back four of Simpson, Taylor, Coloccini and Enrique looking class, could yet be the cornerstone on which a promotion challenge is maintained this season.

And even when we have our top two strikers injured – Ameobi and Carroll – we can still win the game with a single goal.

This is our third 1-0 league win, the other two being against Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester City at St. James’ Park, and if the lads can get a win at Blackpool on Wednesday night, they can expect – and will deserve – a bumper crowd at St. James’ Park next Saturday for the home game with Plymouth Argyle – 3:00 pm KO.

If Newcastle continue with these great results, they may even be the real thing this season.

Howay The Lads!!

Cardiff City: Marshall, Rae, Hudson, Whittingham (Etuhu, 68), Chopra, Bothroyd, Burke, Capaldi, Quinn, Gerrard, Ledley. Subs not used: Enkelman, Kennedy, Gyepes, McPhail, Taiwo, Matthews.

Newcastle United: Harper; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique; R Taylor (Butt, 76), Smith, Nolan, Guthrie (Lovenkrands, 62), Barton (Geremi, 87); Ranger. Subs not used: Krul, Kadar, Donaldson, LuaLua.

Goals: Coloccini 18

Bookings: Enrique 33, Guthrie 44, Smith 66

Sent off: Smith 90

Attendance: 25,630 (sell out)

Referee: Andy Hall (West Midlands)



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44 comments so far

  • luv the toon

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1
  • dave 1961

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #2

    just 40 more wins to the end of the season, oh yes & 40 clean sheets to.

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  • Ben_BKK

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #3

    2 things Ed:

    Firstly, we’re away at Blackpool on Wednesday. We’re home to Plymouth on Saturday.

    Secondly, we also beat Leicester 1-0 did we not?

    All constructive criticism of course 😉

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  • WELSHMAG

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Collocini did well today!

    this game meant a lot to me, I get given loads of shit in work for being a geordie and toon fan and we just beat city so that’ll shut em up for a few months. Other than that cardiff on a good day are one of the best in this league so it’s a VERY good result.

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  • Joly

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #5

    But if Smith didn’t have his second yellow card, the result can be 1-1 now… So Smudger has done the best for the team, and the worst for himself. A true captain!

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  • Tramp

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Colo’s goal was brilliant…

    Being the quickest to respond in a box full of players, he won the boal back… played it out to R.Taylor and instantly ran back in to head in the cross.

    Beautiful. 🙂

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  • Rangerman

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Great result.

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  • Tramp

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #8

    *Ball.

    haha!

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  • MickyD

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #9

    if we keep winning like we are it looks like its going to be real good CHRISTMAS eh lads.

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  • NUFCmagpie

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #10

    I would have smith in my XI over butt any day, hopefully he won’t screw up, his passing when he came on looked……not so brilliant

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #11

    To be fair, if we are beating the best teams in the division in their own backyard with an 18 yr old up front and our leading striker out injured, this league has to be pretty poor.

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  • Tramp

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #12

    I might even ask santa for the away kit!!

    😀

    This is all too much.

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  • Lew Davies

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #13

    TOON TOON

    Well done to the lads, but they made hard work of that.

    Howay the Lads.
    😀

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #14

    well lads, just coming back from the game atm, people if u dont understand, i will tell you now straight!!we were fantastic, danny simpson was class, colo, jose and taylor also, and ranger is unbelievable, i thought he was good before, but now i know he will be a different class with abit of polishing.

    this is what i want people to understand, smith done that foul for the sake of the team, and dont be suprised if it vetoed, as the first foul was never a yellow as no contact was made, smith was fantastic today, our fans were amaising, there was alot of welsh toon fans wich was good, real good.

    we silenced there crowd after 10 mins, outclassed them in midfield and was solid as a rock at the back, i would also like to say how good and commanding harper was today, im delighted, and this is why i think we will storm this championship!!

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  • Lew Davies

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Tramp – would that be the LUCKY away kit that everyone laughs at us in?
    Whose laughing now?
    Still couldn’t wear one myself tho.

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  • Ben_BKK

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Dragonera I agree… Hopefully once we get Shola back and Lovenkrands is fit to play up front we’ll be laughing.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #17

    dragonera- how is it mate? happy??

    tto be fair ranger didnt play like a 18 yo, and as for cardiff, apart from burke, chopra, whittingham and ledley they are poo, average, there will be harder games, and i think we were fantastic today.

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    People getting too carried away.

    It was a great result but one negative is that we actually only had one shot on goal!

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  • Ben_BKK

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Get the third kit if you want one other than the home kit, it’s miles better than the yellow away one. Wouldn’t mind getting it myself.

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #20

    TBF we have to wait to see what we are like during the long cold winter as most of the other teams are use to it a few of our players aren’t. but up to now we look sh1t hot and its brill to start enjoying the games unlike last year

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  • Tramp

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #21

    The lucky yella kit! 🙂

    No xmas list is complete without one!

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #22

    stuart u are constantly negative, it was a scrappy win, but that is how champions perform against promotion rivals away

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Stuart

    It doesn’t matter. Once we had scored you could see the aim of the game was to silence the crowd and not throw any caution to the win. IF the goal hadn’t of come so early you would have seen a much more attack minded side from us.

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  • Lew Davies

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #24

    GG7 – well said

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #25

    What a fabulous away strip

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #26

    GG7

    Very happy, mate. It is a case of, if we don’t score, we draw, as teams hardly ever get a sniff against us. Goals are being shared around the side and it is only a matter of time before Ranger opens his account.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #27

    we seem to have mastered how to win 1-0 took a long time coming, but i will take these every game.

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Geordie-Gerrard7 // Sep 13, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    stuart u are constantly negative, it was a scrappy win, but that is how champions perform against promotion rivals away

    I said it was a great result man!

    In defence we were awsome, I would have just like to have seen us have more than one shot at goal. Is that ok?

    Cardiff are sh1t! Like every other team in this league.

    I’ll continue to look at the bigger picture and won’t be blinded by the poor teams we play.

    That’s my opinion and you don’t have to agree but I’ll have it.

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #29

    LOL poor old Chops tried his heart out today god love him ;). I cant wait till Jonas is back we will be on fire with all guns blazing

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #30

    id much prefer a 1-0 win than 4-3 wins, shows a measure of how far we have come this season, i would even think we would now be good in the prem, not great, but with investment next year, a good striker, creative mid, and a couple of wingers i believe we could be just below top ten then build from there

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  • ToonTonic

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Scrappy and tough game but was a tidy performance..Thats what good teams do when pushing at the top.

    These are the types of games we need to win and we havent in so damn long.

    The performance all round was efficient and although cardiff fans may walk away feeling they should have got something from the game, they will no doubt appreciate how affective we were off the ball.

    I still worry for Colo though tbh, Smudge wouldnt of got sent off if Colo didnt make such a mistake! saying that he scored a lovely header thats took us right back to the top of the fizz 🙂

    One last note…were was Vuckevic today?

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  • MacToon

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Cardiff were a good passing side and opened us up once or twice, Enrique set them up once too and ofc Smith fouled on the edge of the box to stop them having a chance too.

    I’ve enjoyed the games so far ( ha ha winning most ofc) but generally the referee’s have been good and allowed games to play but this ref was whistle-happy and did his best to spoil it.

    We stifled mf, got a goal and then sat back and soaked up the pressure, Barton looked real tired, Smith was always gonna be sent off imo but overall a great result.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Big Dave, when all our injured players return we’ll be outstamding!

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  • Mag_Laad

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m ar$ed how we won aslong as Nicky Butt and his ginger vibes don’t start eh?! Just think of it next home game, reading the team sheet out ‘number 22 nicky butt’ mass panick will arise and people will scream for the heavens as the depths of hell open up haha.

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Vuckevic doesn’t play for us, mate. Young Haris Vuckic does though 😉

    …Don’t know, mate. Was he not on the bench?

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #36

    If Cardiff are one of the favourites to win the Championship.
    Christ knows how bad the rest of the league are !

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #37

    not getting carried away here, but promotion by xmas? 😛

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  • Rangerman

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #38

    To be fair to the ref while he did blow the whistle for the slightest thing he didn’t favour one team over another.

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  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #39

    Have to give credit were its due, we looked very organized today and controlled the ball very well for large periods of the game. Once we scored bar one or two nervous moments I didn’t feel like Cardiff could actually score against us, we continued to control the ball and didn’t let the concentration slip, which we have been frequently guilty of in the past.

    The midfield as a unit were outstanding and Colo coming up with his first goal alongside a very classy defensive display just about edges him for motm, however I was especially impressed with Simpson today who was everywhere and really looked a different class.

    On the back of an away win against a team that are sure to be there, or there abouts its hard not to be optimistic and there is a definite feeling watching these lads that there is more to come, especially with the return of Jonas and Shola in particular still not too far off. Losing Smith i feel will be a blow but id still expect a comfortable away win against Blackpool on Wednesday.

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  • Lew Davies

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #40

    Think Vukic was rested today, so will be fresh to start against Blackpool. (and another 3 points please lads;) )

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