Newcastle got their 8th win in a row in all competitions in front of another fantastic crowd of 51,247 at St. James’ Park this afternoon and that was the first time we had done that since February and March of 2005, when Graeme Souness was the manager.
And it’s 7 wins in a row today in the Championship against a very decent Cardiff City side and are now 6 points clear at the top of the league with Brighton playing at Bristol City in the late kick-off game today.
We did have 7 league wins in a row when Chris Hughton was manager in our 2009-2010 promotion season.
Christian Atsu scores after just 3 minutes this afternoon
It seemed to be mission accomplished for Newcastle who were 2-0 up at half time and looked like they were cruising to victory, but Cardiff City showed some guts and courage in the second half and came right at Newcastle.
The Magpies got off to a great start when Christian Atsu got his second goal for Newcastle after just 3 minutes when he was set up by Mitrovic who showed how unselfish he is and a real team player.
Christian had mentioned last week he wanted to improve his game in several areas – with the most important being scoring more goals – so he did well today and had a very good game.
Newcastle were on top and were raining in shots at the Cardiff City goal and we went 2-0 up just before half time when that man Yoan Gouffran finished nicely for his 4th goal of the season after he was nicely set up by DeAndre Yedlin.
But there were worrying signs before Yoan scored that Newcastle had gone off the boil.
Yoan Gouffran scores second goal
Early in the second half it was Atsu, who had another excellent game for Newcastle, went close when his shot was deflected over the bar, but Newcastle couldn’t get that third goal.
And Cardiff did much better and came back into the game as the second half progressed and after missing a few chances it was Peter Whittingham who pulled one back for the visitors after 73 minutes to make it 2-1.
Newcastle then had to hold on for the 3 points in a nervous finale, but this team is showing some resilience and we managed to hold out for the very valuable 3 points and we go even further ahead in the Championship table.
21 points from the last 21 played for and Norwich were beaten again – this time 3-2 at home to Leeds United and Huddersfield Town could only draw 1-1 at home to Birmingham City.
Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Atsu (Diame, 89), Perez, Gouffran (Anita, 72); Mitrovic.
Subs not used: Sels, Hanley, Lazaar, Colback, Gayle.
Cardiff: Amos, Bennett, Morrison, Bamba, Ralls, Gunnarsson, Richardson (Whittingham, 75), Hoilett, Noone (Harris, 75), Lambert (Chamakh, 72).
Subs not used: Wilson, Manga, Gounongbe, O’Keefe. Goals: Atsu 3, Gouffran 45, Whittingham 77 Booking: Gunnarsson 85
Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)