Newcastle were completely dominant in the first half today as they created many chances with some slick passing, and but for David Marshall in the Cardiff City goal, Newcastle would have been at least a couple of goals ahead ahead before that man Loic Remy scored a couple of goals, and both were excellent efforts from the Frenchman.
Loic Remy scores brilliant first goal
Newcastle were defending well and playing as well as they did in that second half last Monday night at the start of the game, and after 30 minutes Remy got the ball on the left wing, and he cut inside to his right and then he unleashed a great shot from all of 23 yards out that flew into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, with Marshall getting a hand to the ball.
That was Remy’s 4th goal in 5 appearances for the Magpies, but then after 38 minutes Cabaye put the ball into Cisse whose shot was parried by Marshall and the ball rolled out to Remy, who guided the ball brilliantly into the back of the net and Newcastle were two goals up and looking very good.
And then after 43 minutes an audacious free kick from Yohan Cabaye out on the right wing beat Marshall all ends up, but the ball thumped against the upright and came out, and it was almost 3-0.
Newcastle were by far the better side in that first half, but now what will they do in the second half – and they would need to keep this up and not let Cardiff City back into the game.
In the second half Newcastle started well, and were trying to keep up their intensity, but Cardiff were coming back into the game, and after 58 minutes they pulled one back through Peter Odemwingie, and at that point it looked as though Newcastle could be throwing the 3 points away as Cardiff had the momentum.
The home side kept pressing but then a lightning break had Newcastle three against two, and only another brilliant save from Marshall from Moussa Sissoko stopped Newcastle from going 3-1 up – and it was the second superb save from a Sissoko effort as David Marshall had brilliantly tipped the Frenchman’s shot over the bar in the first half.
And Cisse had a great chance to put Newcastle 3-1 up late in the game, but it was that man Marshall again – and to be honest – we could have done with those goals to improve our goal difference.
Then Newcastle should have had a penalty when Cabaye’s cross struck the arm of full-back Andrew Taylor, but the referee waved play on.
But the main thing today was that Newcastle defended well and got a very valuable 3 points, which has lifted us above Cardiff and into 10th place with 10 points from our 7 games.
And that’s our second away win of the season, and it equals the number of wins we had on the road during all of last season.
Job done today by this Newcastle side, and since it just so happens to be our 41st wedding anniversary today – I’ll enjoy the meal even more tonight with my lovely wife Madeline – and our three kids.
Next up for Newcastle is Liverpool at home in two weeks time.
Howay The Lads!!
Cardiff City (4-3-3): David Marshall; Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Ben Turner, Steven Caulker (c), Andrew Taylor; Aron Gunnarsson, Gary Medel, Kim Bo-Kyung (Jordon Mutch 46); Peter Odemwingie (Nicky Maynard 81), Fraizer Campbell (Craig Bellamy 66), Peter Whittingham
Subs not used: Joe Lewis, Mark Hudson, Don Cowie, Craig Noone
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Hatem Ben Arfa 86), Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy (Jonas Gutierrez 71)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)