Cardiff 0 Newcastle 2 – Friday 28 April 2017 7.45pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“Very very satisfying performance. We actually had BOTH full-backs pushing forward, giving us genuine width and putting opposition defence under pressure.
“It may have come too late for the title but I really really hope Rafa realises how much of a better team we are by getting those full-backs high and wide!
“Having Yedlin helps, Dummett not so much.”
“Standard Newcastle away performance for most part of this season.
“Pleased to get the win to keep the the pressure on Brighton – you never know…
“So pleased for the fans that travelled today, to not only see the lads win but see two quality goals in front of them, to sign off an excellent away campaign.
“Two cracking strikes was the massive difference tonight.
“They wasted big opportunities but you have to put them away, which we did.
“Howay Brighton, time to choke isn’t it???. You choked last two games last year.
“We are hunting you haha.
“Great night and now onto 91 points. What was all the panic about?”
“Job done – and would love it if we beat them. Haha.”
“Mitro is ripped, Perez looks effective, Atsu has goals in him, Diame running around and Colback bossing midfield, you can tell everyone wants to play in the premier league.
“If ever a half of football summed up a league then it was that. They had loads of chances, missed the lot, we scored two great goals.
“Vive le difference to quote Sylvain Marveaux, though he may have been talking about the difference between his fake and real pay packets, rather than the difference between going up and staying put.”
Leazes Park Ender:
“Step forward the record breakers. That is now 14 away wins, smashing the tally held by Keegan’s class of ’93. Heady days indeed.
“Not the most watchable of games mind. The songs in the away end were slightly more enjoyable.
“Two moments of quality sealed the three points. Atsu’s clipped free kick, almost slightly cheeky in its execution. A wonderful goal to put us ahead.
“There were quotes from Hayden this week that he wants to try for an England place. You can’t argue with that and he’s developing into a very good midfield player, adding a goal tonight was great to see. Another good strike from distance. A low raker of a shot.
“Brighton will probably seal the title, but nevertheless, come on Bristol City.
“These are enjoyable times to be a Toon fan.”
“Great last away game of the season (for once) and what a way to break the away record with two cracking goals.
“A celebratory weekend in Wales and here’s hoping we finish with a home win next Sunday to say goodbye to the Championship…”
“A trademark solid away performance that has been the foundation of promotion.
“Also, some trademark Championship officiating as we should have had 2 pens and a sending off for the lunge on Atsu.
“Two terrific goals and thoughts of the title can linger for at least another day.
“Big pressure on Brighton as I would imagine they’ll struggle to beat Villa next week. It comes down to them holding their nerve against a very beatable Bristol City.
“If City can do us a favour tomorrow we could be in for an excellent last weekend. I’d expect the Seagulls to wrap it up though.”
“Another professional away performance
“Another poor refereeing display. Onwards to Barnsley at home and the proper party. HTL.”
“Competent and composed rather than confident and commanding. Travelling Toon fans were brilliant tonight – carnival atmosphere in the stands that unfortunately wasn’t matched on the pitch.
“Despite the win, the most useful thing about this game was that it highlighted how ill-prepared we are for the Premier League.
“Great goal from Atsu and a decent performance – probably worth a punt to bolster the squad for next year – but the majority of those on show tonight are nowhere near good enough.
“Ayoze was busy but had no end product as usual. Mitro’s only worth lies in the nuisance factor, he is such a poor finisher it’s laughable.
“Colback is simply woeful and contributes nothing. Diame offers little in defence or attack, Shelvey is nowhere near as good as he thinks he is and we’ve needed an upgrade on Dummett for years now…..could go on!
“Absolutely imperative that Rafa is given what he wants now – the club is at a major crossroads this summer and, despite everything, redemption is within Mike Ashley’s grasp if he wants it. Then again, he could simply revert to type….
“Interesting times ahead!”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Cardiff 0 Newcastle 2
Newcastle: Atsu 55, Hayden 65
Possession was Cardiff 42% Newcastle 58%
Total shots were Cardiff 13 Newcastle 14
Shots on target were Cardiff 3 Newcastle 5
Corners were Cardiff 5 Newcastle 4
Referee: Graham Scott
Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba, Clark, Dummett, Perez (Sterry 90), Colback (Shelvey 73), Hayden, Atsu, Diame, Murphy (Mitrovic 66)
Darlow, Lazaar, Haidara, Gouffran
Crowd: 23,153 (Newcastle approx 4,300)
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