The first half display yesterday was just exactly what Newcastle fans needed to restore some confidence in their side, as we were coming off two league defeats in which not only did we not play well but also conceded three goals to both Hull City and Everton.
Tim Krul in action yesterday – we just scored
But yesterday Newcastle started off with energy and purpose, and immediately pressured the Cardiff side, winning 50-50 balls and creating at least six good chances in that first half, and Loic Remy brilliantly scored from two of them.
In the second half the Magpies weren’t as dominant, and Cardiff came back into the game, but Newcastle were still resolute enough to hold out for the win and a massive 3 points.
Here are five things coming out of that game that we learned about our side yesterday:
- Loic Remy can become a huge star at Newcastle, and his two goals were expertly taken yesterday and he was the difference between the sides – we need to sign him up as soon as we can. Loic has now scored 5 goals in 5 appearances for the Magpies.
- Mike Williamson came in and his heading ability and overall experience was welcomed in the center of defense – and Mike could turn out to be a key man for Newcastle this season, after beginning the season as the fourth choice center-back
- Yohan Cabaye is a very important player for us, and in the first half he was simply outstanding and hit a post from 30 yards out with a free kick – let’s hope he’s happy on Tyneside now
- Jonas Gutierrez returned yesterday in the second half for his first appearance since the opening game of the season, and he’s in good form and he helped Newcastle tighten up and remain resolute to hang on to all 3 points
- There is significant competition for places this season, and that should help us keep our standards high, and we probably have our best squad since Bobby Robson was at the club
It was a very welcome win for Newcastle before the long two week International break, but we’ll have to be in top form for our nest game at home to Liverpool, if we are to get anything at all out of that game.
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