Newcastle Hammered 4-1 By Cardiff City

This was hardly what anybody wanted to see today in South Wales, as Newcastle’s defensive play was exposed ruthlessly by a good Cardiff City side.

Newcastle were 3-0 down after only 26 minutes as the defense was torn apart by Cardiff City.

Newcastle pulled themselves together a little bit at half time, and got a goal back after four minutes of the second half through a Shola Ameobi penalty, but then the Magpies conceded another sloppy goal,  when a long pass down the middle was not  dealt with by  Williamson, and Cardiff got their fourth goal – a terrible goal for Newcastle to concede.

The big bright spot in the game was 17 year-old Adam Campbell,  who came on after 84 minutes,  and he played brilliantly and made two chances and almost scored two goals and should have had a penalty too.

Not bad for his first appearance for the Newcastle first team – and that was all in just over six minutes!

Don’t be surprised if this lad is on the subs bench next Saturday for the Tottenham game, and brought on as an impact sub.

Think of what 17 year-old Michael Owen looked like at the beginning of the 1997-1998 season for Liverpool, and that’s what Adam looked like in his cameo appearance this afternoon for Newcastle.

But Newcastle will have to be play an awful lot better than they played today, to have any chance of winning that first league game of the season, and this was a very disappointing performance from the lads.

And one last word, there will probably be some panic going on with some fans, but now may not be the time to do that, and we’d rather this happened in a  friendly game, than next Saturday.

It’s a good wake up call for the Newcastle side, and they will now be on their guard big time next Saturday afternoon against a good Spurs side, and we were also without Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba – but I’ll stop there before I make even more excuses. 😀

On the positive side of things, maybe we’ll see two new defenders brought into the club next week – you never know.

Here are some of the major incidents of today’s game.

After 16 minutes Cardiff City went ahead with a great goal from Gunnarsson, as Peter Whittingham picked him out with a tremendous pass from around the center circle,  and the Icelandic midfielder hit a 15 yard shot past Krul into the back of the net to put the home side 1-0 up.

And just four minutes later Cardiff City were 2-0 up,  and it started with a mix up between Simpson and referee Whitby, as the ref impeded Simpson as he tried to tackle Mutch, but Mutch went on – Simpson and the ref didn’t –  and t he Cardiff man put in a ball to Ralls on the left hand side of the penalty area and Ralls hit the ball past Krul to make it 2-0 to the Championship side.

And would you believe it,  but after another six minutes Cardiff City were 3-0 up, as they were running riot with the Newcastle defense, and Gunnarsson scored his second goal of the game, and was left with far too much room when the ball came in from the left wing, and he put the ball past Krul – again.

Newcastle were 3-0 down, and the bad thing about it was this was probably Newcastle’s best defense on display, so it was a little alarming that the lads looked so porous in the first half in South Wales today.

Maybe this will help Newcastle bring in two new defenders in the next three weeks – we certainly hope so.

The  Newcastle side started to pick it up a notch before half time, and Tiote found Steven Taylor at the far post, and the center-back hit a good drive, but it was off target.

It was 3-0 at the break and Alan Pardew will have had some harsh words to say in the Newcastle dressing room at half time, with Newcastle’s play in the first 30 minutes of this game just hopeless, not good enough, and if we play like this next Saturday,  we’ll be  torn apart by Spurs.

The Newcastle players were sent out early in the second half,  which was no surprise, and Pardew made two changes to the Newcastle side, with Mike Williamson and Haris Vuckic coming on in place of Fabricio Coloccini and Sylvain Marveaux.

It was a more determined Newcastle eleven that started the second half, and it paid off after only 4 minutes when big Shola Ameobi got his second goal in as many games.

It was sub Haris Vuckic, who was on loan at Cardiff earlier this year, who crossed the ball from the right, and Gutierrez was fouled as tried to reach the ball, and Shola made no mistake from the spot, and he’s probably Newcastle’s best penalty taker at the moment.

After 56 minutes Davide Santon had a go from a full 30 yards out, and he wasn’t far off the target.

After 62 minutes Tim Krul did well to tip a Kiss shot over the bar, and then Newcastle survived two decent penalty appeals.

The first was very dubious as Gutierrez made a challenge but then Tiote seemed to bring down Kiss in the box, but the referee waved play one.

Almost immediately the sprightly Obertan raced upfield and put the ball to Gutierrez and the Argentine International hit the ball well, but it was only just wide of the post – a good move by Newcastle.

And then Steven Taylor was brought off and Dan Gosling came into the game, and James perch went to partner Mike Williamson at the back, and after 71 minutes Romain Amalfitano was introduced and a fiery Cheick Tiote was taken off, probably for his own good.

Cardiff started to come back into the game more and on 76 minutes the went 4-1 up and it was a long ball down the filed that caught the Newcastle defense out, and Etien Velikonja, the Slovenian striker, beat Williamson to the ball and slid it past Krul.

It was a terrible goal for Newcastle to concede, and the defense has looked very vulnerable in this game, and no doubt Alan Pardew will show this goal early next week and asked – what the **** happened?

With 10 minutes to go Newcastle had a couple of chances which they didn’t take.

Romain Amalfitano got the ball in well from the left got and Gosling’s shot hit the post, and the rebound went to Ameobi but his shot was easily saved by goalkeeper Marshall.

On 84 minutes Adam Campbell was brought on for his first appearance in the Newcastle first team, and he almost immediately put a beautiful ball through to Amalfitano, but the Frenchman was stopped by a good block from substitute goalkeeper Lewis who was quickly off his line.

Campbell was not over-awed by his first appearance at all, and he then raced onto a through ball from Vuckic, and he seemed to be tripped in the box by Cardiff captain Mark Hudson, but the referee amazingly waved play on.

Campbell looked good in his cameo appearances and will have done himself no harm at all by this appearance.

And in injury time it was Campbell again who beat his man brilliantly and put a pass through to Vuckic, but again goalkeeper Lewis was quick off his line to smother the ball.

Adam Campbell looked like a bundle of energy late in this game – and it’s a pity he was brought on say 12 minutes form the end rather than 6 minutes from the end. 😀

But the bottom line was that this was a  poor performance from this Newcastle side, although we may have seen a new future Newcastle star in Adam Campbell, and if we know Alan Pardew – he’ll play him too.


Cardiff City: David Marshall (Joe Lewis 83), Kevin McNaughton (Darcy Blake 73), Andrew Taylor, Mark Hudson, Ben Turner, Peter Whittingham, Craig Conway, Joe Ralls (Robert Earnshaw 71), Jordon Mutch (Filip Kiss 46), Aron Gunnarsson (Don Cowie 46), Heidar Helguson (Etien Velikonja 33)
Subs not used: Ben Nugent, Tommy O’Sullivan

Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Mike Williamson 46), Steven Taylor (Dan Gosling 63), Davide Santon, Ryan Taylor (James Perch 28), Cheick Tiote (Romain Amalfitano 71), Sylvain Marveaux (Haris Vuckic 46), Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan (Adam Campbell 84); Shola Ameobi
Subs not used: Steve Harper

Attendance: 9,682

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • kilcline

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #1

    No injuries, just another run out. We will be fine.


    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #2


  • Dannyo

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    About the 9 loans to Rangers:

    The Board shall not during a season approve more than four temporary
    transfers to any one club at any one time. Of these, no more than one such
    transfer at any one time shall involve a player who has reached the age of
    21 years on 1st January of the appropriate year. The maximum number of
    temporary transfers allowed to any club in a season shall not exceed five,
    of which not more than two shall involve players who have reached the age
    of 21 years on 1st January of the appropriate year

    That’s the rules on loans in the SFL. No more than 4!

  • davybtoon

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Campbell seems only positive from today, keep him in the first team squad I say

  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5


    There’s only so many times jimmy can say that he’s heard a rumour, until he becomes completely unbelievable.

    He clearly puts far too much trust in people he talks to. The idea that we were going to play in SD blue, red & white colours was my favorite.

    On the original point anyway, I think while we should all appreciate the direction they’ve taken the club in, I don’t think anyone should be under any illusions about the questionable personalities of the board members.

  • tomnewcastle

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #6

    no worries only friendly

  • SteJay

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Get some players in d f****n door or were f****d next season

  • King Shola

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Campbell deserves a spot on the bench in the prem if one of our 3 main strikers gets injured or suspended

  • toon_asprilla2012

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #9

    We have no creativity in midfield! We need a cm that can pick up the ball and skip past a couple of players (like benny) from collecting the ball from defence and driving foward! Anita looks like a player that keeps the ball ticking/rolling by always looking for the simple pass which is good but we need a creative cm! I don’t know why cisse ba ain’t been givin to run out since we been back in uk

  • HarryHarrison

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Hope this lad gets a real chance this season and plenty of opportunities to establish himself firmly in the first team setup, i’d like to see Remmi get a shot this season too

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Dekka may well be an arse after all he is suposed to be ruthless i mean theve deconstructed and rebuilt a club! However i doubt DL has the power to say to pards you know what nah you cant make any signings this window

    However, jimmy lad if your still reading, i do seem to of started a mass bashing of you not intentional!
    I do understand you know some connections in the club and have been a fan for longer than ive been living mate, i do enjoy reading your posts normally but recently they have become VERY negative! Im not trying to start an arguement and like everyone your more than entitled to your say, but im entitled to reserve my judgement on the credibility of your source given the amount of ITKs on here!

  • spitfire_

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #12

    We are just fine… doesn’t need another transfers.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #13

    and davybtoon

    You know you don’t need to continuously try and nullify every single negative thought any Newcastle fan has. Sometimes, you can just leave people to it 😐

  • papattack

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #14

    to everybody stressing out about todays result, look at chelseas whole pre-season. they’ve been shite!

    nothing to worry about its a friendly after all, bring on the spuds!

  • MacToon

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #15

    TDS, I don’t think jimmy is an itk, I think he’s had many years connection with the club and I myself know a few people like that around the area, afterall it’s more like a town here than a city sometimes, gossip gets around the place.
    I know you and I are both grown up enough to take what is said at face value.

    What’s getting me is we’ve had weeks and weeks of moronic posts on this forum and when, imo, someone comes on with something of relative interest and maybe a little inside knowledge he gets slated.

  • MacToon

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Well said tads 😉

  • Brutooon

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #17

    This season Jonas shouldnt be an automatic choice

    1) he is no longer a winger

    2) no end product. last season he got one cross in 10 games

  • Kyo

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #18

    We need Debuchy and Douglas.

  • StuW

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #19

    All about getting everyone up to match fitness, not necessarily about the result. Although its never nice to lose.

    Hoping for more positive transfer news next week, our squad will never cope with what could b potntilly

  • blew

    Aug 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Unfortunately this match can only produce negative comments. A RB and CB were needed last season, nothing has been done – they are still required, with a week to go. Jonas is finished, he is a yard off the pace and never produces. However young Adam brightened up the afternoon, a player with a future. I would rather see promise on the pitch as opposed to Rayler, Simpson ,Willo and Jonas

  • Findus42

    Aug 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Really? 4-1 by Cardiff Shitty? lol! Okay, now I know it’s just a preseason game but lets take a look at what has happened over the summer. Yes, we have kept all our best players which is fantastic and I am very happy with that BUT….wanna finish in the top 6 again? We needed to make 2 or 3 decent signings….yes I know we have the excellent youngsters that we bought but does anyone really think that we can pull off 5th again…or even 6th this time around? Had we signed Debuchy, Luuk De Jong and a decent center-back totalling the 20M Ashley said that Pardew had to spend, then I think we would have strengthened and had a chance at Europe next season too. With the squad we have now? 7th at best and we all know it. Hey, I’ll take it…just disappointed that more effort to bring in quality wasn’t there and yet we try to bring in Andy Carroll again for up to 15M….baffles me!

    Cheers all, just my opinion 🙂


  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Brought down to earth by mighty Cardiff City. Apparently we are not ready for the new season. Willo, Raylor, Danny & Jonas we need replacements for these guys fast, apparently they are our weakest link. I’m sorry guys but this is disappointing.

  • GFH

    Aug 11, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Losing never feels great! I’m prepared to wait for the “real thing” but I could wait more easily if we had another 2 defenders and , either a good youngish CF , or a seasoned CF lined up for Jan 1st just in case Senegal make it through past Tiote !

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Lets call a spade a spade – thats a very poor result. If Tottenham or Arsenal lost like this people would take notice so o getting away from that. But its not the end of the world. Still, a few signings would help, but thats beginning to look less likely than we thought. remember what Pards said he wanted – a big goal scoring quality centre half, a hit about a friend of Debuchy …..we’re still waiting. Come on Mike, we know you can do it!

  • jimiley

    Aug 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #25

    We were 5th last season. We are stronger this season. No reason why we cannot be 3rd or even better. We were obviously not trying today. We do not need any new players.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Aug 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #26

    jimiley @ 25

    We were 5th last season.
    So what – that was last season….?

    We are stronger this season.
    How come? There have been no senior signings. Meanwhile our key rivals to break into the top 4 – such as Liverpool – have been investing.

    No reason why we cannot be 3rd or even better.
    Better than 3rd is 2nd, Jim. Let me understand this – what you are saying is a squad that just about managed 5th last season is now capable of overtaking all but one of the top 4 clubs – as well as staying ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool?

    We were obviously not trying today.
    Oh quite obviously, Jim, that’s Pardew’s secret pre-season tactic to prevent other clubs sussing just how potent we are.

    We do not need any new players.
    So Arsenal, Man City, Man U, Liverpool & Chelsea beware – Shola scored a penalty against Cardiff.

    Jim, I hope you are being ironic, but on the evidence of previous posts I suspect not. Seriously, do you reckon even our parsimonious owner would agree with your analysis?

  • sholasupporter

    Aug 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #27

    i think the usual panic is settin in a bit early here! from the lineup it is obvious that it is a bit experimental formation. from the match reports ive read the same problems exist tho. santon on his wrong side,simpson bein completely useless and williamson bein utter garbage! buy a left back and two of those problems go away! still need a cb and a cf but im not on panic stations just yet!


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