For the third time in four seasons under Alan Pardew, Newcastle have been eliminated at the very first attempt in the third round of the FA Cup, and after going ahead with a goal from Papiss Cisse after 61 minutes, 4th bottom of the league Cardiff City came back with goals from Craig Noone and Campbell to score an unlikely win at St. James’ Park, in a game we thought initially was a good draw for the Magpies.
And that’s three defeats in a row in just six days, and two defeats in a row at St. James’ Park, and after winning seven of nine league games, which now seems a distant memory.
We reached the 4th round of the competition two years ago, when we somehow managed to beat Blackburn at home, and that’s when Ben Arfa scored that wonderful solo goal, but our record is really pathetic in the FA Cup over the last few seasons.
We suppose we can now concentrate on the Premier League – but of course we have no choice after a team that had won only one of their last 10 games has triumphed over Newcastle.
The game kicked off and after 9 minutes is seemed that Cardiff had gone ahead when captain Mark Hudson headed home from a good om Peter Whittingham corner, but referee Anthony Taylor blew for a foul on goalkeeper Rob Elliot – whoops – that was close.
And then a good run and cross from Massadio Haidara was cleared to Vurnon Anita, whose shot was a decent one but straight at goalkeeper David Marshall.
Ben Arfa was coming more into the game and after 20 minutes he got the ball from Santon and put in a good shot which flashed only just wide, and then five minutes later he weaved himself into a decent shooting position, but the ball hit the inside of the post – that would have been a great goal from the Frenchman.
And after 30 minutes Yoan Gouffran put in a good effort on goal but the ball flew wide of the post.
And half time came with not too much going on in the first 45 minutes, other than Ben Arfa looking hungry for the ball, and it was a fairly even game.
Newcastle went ahead after 61 minutes, when a loose ball in the box went to Papiss Cisse, who put the ball in the back of the net for his 3rd goal of the season.
Gabby Obertan was brought on a couple of minutes later for Yoan Gouffran in Newcastle’s first change of the game.
Cardiff brought Craig Noone after 72 minutes and would you believe it, within a minute he hit a magnificent 25 yard drive into the upper corner of the net giving Rob Elliot no chance to level the scores at 1-1.
And then after 80 minutes a corner came over from Whittingham, and Fraizer Campbell came in unmarked at the far post to head Cardiff City in front, and that was very poor marking from Newcastle and it was a terrible goal to concede.
So fter being 1-0 up we were looking at another 3rd round FA Cup exit, and finding a way to lose again.
Time ran out as Newcastle chased the game, and for the second season running we have fallen at the very first hurdle of the FA Cup – at least this time it was to a Premier League side – albeit they are a team who are 4th bottom of the league and had only won one game in the last 10 before beating Newcastle away today. 🙁
This is not a good day for Newcastle United.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Cheick Tiote (c), Vurnon Anita; Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko (Loic Remy 85), Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 63); Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 85)
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Sammy Ameobi
Cardiff (4-4-2): David Marshall; Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson (c), Ben Turner, Declan John; Don Cowie, Aron Gunnarsson, Kim Bo-Kyung (Tommy Smith 79), Peter Whittingham; Peter Odemwingie (Craig Noone 72), Andreas Cornelius (Fraizer Campbell 60)
Subs not used: Joe Lewis, John Brayford, Steven Caulker, Craig Conway
Referee: Anthony Taylor