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