The only slight negative in this game came right at the end, when Newcastle conceded a goal in the very last minute – but other than that Newcastle were in excellent form tonight.
There’s no doubt Newcastle were pummeled for their display last week at Leicester and were toothless. That was true and they deserved it.
And as if the players had taken this to heart, Newcastle were 3-0 up within 15 minutes in the game tonight, and somewhere in between those goals, Cardiff hit the bar in an enthralling and hectic opening 20 minutes.
To say that Chris Hughton had the lads ready to play tonight is an understatement, and good teams come roaring back after poor displays – so hey – Newcastle on this evidence are indeed a very good side.
It took only 3 minutes for this new look Newcastle side to go ahead as big Andy Carroll nodded in at the far post after captain Kevin Nolan had headed the ball towards goal from a corner.
And after 6 minutes Newcastle were 2-0 up, when Andy Carroll was clean through on goal, but he hit the ball against the bar, and it rebounded in off Cardiff defender Gabor Gyepes.
An own goal and 2-0 up.
Then after 15 minutes Carroll got his second and Newcastle’s third goal, when he again headed the ball past goalkeeper David Marshall from a great cross from newly-returned right-back Danny Simpson. There’s just no stopping this boy at the far post.
That was Carroll’s 8th goal of the campaign.
3-0 up and the match was over?
Not blooming likely, as after 20 minutes Cardiff again hit the bar, when the usually safe Steve Harper lost the flight of Adam Matthews’ floated cross and the ball hit the bar – a mistake by the Newcastle goalkeeper that was not punished – thank goodness.
This was a game being played at a frenetic pace, and after 61 minutes, new-boy Best after an impressive debut, made way for in-form Peter Lovenkrands.
Cardiff City must have though Oh My God because of the very in-form Peter coming on, when the side was already 3-0 up.
Leon Best got a great ovation from the 44,028 Newcastle crowd, as he left the field, by the way.
The game had slowed down just a bit, and was a little flat but then on 69 minutes Newcastle went 4-0 up.
It was the impressive Wayne Routledge who ran at the Cardiff defense from the half way line, with City back-pedaling, and Lovenkrands dashed through and pointed to where he wanted the ball played.
Wayne delivered the ball perfectly, and Peter put the ball in the back of the net – a wonderful goal from the Danish International and another assist from Wayne.
That was Peter’s 7th goal of the season, and would you believe he got his 8th after 82 minutes.
Peter got possession on the touchline, moved infield and realized he had only Gerrard blocking his path to goal.
But Peter didn’t even try to beat Gerrard, but instead hit a beautiful, left-footed curling shot in off the post from just 12 yards out.
Danish selection comittee please note – this lad is in hot hot form and can score goals.
Peter for Denmark indeed!
5-0, but then on 89 minutes Cardiff got a consolation goal, when Aaron Wildig finished nicely after being played in on goal. Since Crdiff hit the bar twice in the first half we supposed they deserved something (we’re being philosophical).
Chris and the team will be disappointed with this goal, especially Chris who is a bit of a perfectionist at times.
But hey lads, 5-1 against the 4th placed team – very well done indeed.
We’ve now gone a record 15 games without defeat in the league, we have 17 wins in our 28 games so far, we’re 6 points clear of WBA in 2nd place, and 7 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, with a superior goal difference of 8. All top three teams have played 28 games.
Our next game is at Derby County on Tuesday night, and of course Derby just beat Forest 1-0, so it will in no way be an easy game for us, and we must not get carried away with success.
We cannot let up in any game, and that will start again at Derby County, where we will need to go all out for all 3 points – forget about draws.
Finally, to put it rather mildly – we’re extremely proud of the lads tonight.
Howay The Lads!!