We’ll take a look at the opposition press during this season to get some idea of how they report our games and also see what they think of what looks to be a good and improving Newcastle side we have under the very impressive Rafa Benitez.
We have looked at Walesonline.com for this week’s report from the opposition press and Cardiff City see some hope under new manager Neil Warnock that they didn’t completely collapse at times under the pressure of Newcastle yesterday.
Yoan Gouffran rifling home Newcastle’s second goal just before half time
This is some of their report of yesterday’s game:
“First, the game-plan was dismantled in the opening minutes as Christian Atsu curled home from close range.”
“Then the Magpies were well on top and a sign of their sky-high confidence was Ciaran Clark striding out with the ball like a Libero of old.”
“Only months ago he was part of a crumbling Aston Villa defense.”
“Cardiff dug in, and fought their way back into the game. They looked like they could pull a goal back from a set-piece as Junior Hoilett hauled them up the field with a number of bright, surging runs.”
“Then, just before the break, they switched off. Sol Bamba came out of position and no one filled the gap. 2-0, and it looked like game over.”
“Newcastle came flying out the traps after half-time and again it looked like Cardiff could fold.”
“That they didn’t is to their credit.”
“The Bluebirds came close on three occasions before Peter Whittingham grabbed a consolation goal.”
“Yet Cardiff’s deficiencies, so obvious for the early part of the season, have clearly not been completely ironed out.”
“It was notable that in the absence of Matt Ritchie — said by many to be the star of the Newcastle show this season — Christian Atsu stepped in and delivered a first-half performance of searing pace and incision.”
“Cardiff couldn’t live with him at times and while Hoilett delivered by far his best performance of the season so far, it is an area in which the Bluebirds still can’t quite compete.”
“Newcastle’s excellence shows how far the quality at the top of the league has jumped this season, and for the most part Cardiff are simply not at that level.”
Here’s the full report of the game.
We expect the very experienced Neil Warnock to be able to get Cardiff City organized so they start to pull away from the bottom of the league.
He’s a very good appointment for the Bluebirds.
What do you think?