Newcastle won this game 3-0 against a poor looking Cardiff City side who are now relegated to the Championship after one season in the Premier League, and while Newcastle played well in the first half, and Sissoko put over a great cross for Shola to head home after 18 minutes for his second successive goal in home games, it was a very nervous second half for Newcastle, before late goals from Loic Remy (who else?) and Steven Taylor – who scored his 14th goal for the club, in what could turn out to be his final appearance at St. James’ Park.
Shola Ameobi – after scoring first goal
And there was a walk-out after 69 minutes, but not many fans took the advice of the fan groups – and most stayed on – but it was still a frustrating afternoon, with Newcastle playing very nervously in that second period, and before Remy scored the second after 87 minutes, Cardiff were in with a chance to even win the game but missed their chances.
But we suppose that is what happens when Newcastle have not won a game in the last six., and they were certainly nervous until the Remy goal.
But before the second goal Cardiff had chances that they could not take, and Newcastle had to be thankful to Tim Krul for one great save, and Coloccini somehow kicked off the line seconds later – and Cardiff had three good chances in a minute after 76 minutes of the game, as the visitors were in Newcastle’s half for most of the second half.
And after 79 minutes Vurnon Anita was replaced by Steven Taylor, as Newcastle were defending to try to get the win.
Not what you expect when you are playing the bottom of the league side at home.
Stoke hammered Fulham 4-1 at home so remain 2 points behind Newcastle, and if Crystal Palace don’t beat Liverpool at home on Monday night we are at least 10th in the league.
Fulham are relegated because Sunderland deservedly won 1-0 at Old Trafford to get 10 points form their last four games and they should have had four wins being unlucky not to get the win at the Etihad stadium in the first of those four games.
My pal Peter, who is a Sunderland fan – will be very happy (indeed).
As expected, there were chants from the crowd wanting Pardew out, and banners wanting both Ashley and Pardew out – but after this 3 points with the probability we can still finish in 10th place – it could well e that no changes will be made by owner Mike Ashley.
We will have to see what happens after our final game next Sunday at Liverpool.
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