Cardiff fans arrived on Tyneside still on a bit of a roll from the new manager ‘bounce’, after appointing Neil Warnock.
Two wins and a draw in his first three games had raised Welsh spirits but a surprise 1-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Wigan last weekend, had taken a bit of wind out of the sails.
Newcastle were looking to make it eight wins in a row and fair to say the Cardiff fans were pretty realistic about their chances beforehand, though interesting to see what a fair few of them had to say after a second half when they came into the match a bit.
Not the biggest travelling support Newcastle fans have seen this season but made up for by some of the entertaining views below.
Comments taken from top Cardiff fans message board CardiffCityForum:
‘Moaning (Rafa Benitez) about how the ref let too many challenges go – FFS!
For the first hour we didn’t get within five yards of any of their players at any time let alone put in a challenge. For the last 30 minutes we at last started snapping into challenges and putting their players under pressure and they didn’t like it and neither did the fat Spanish waiter.
I was disappointed with how we played for the first hour – we knew they would start quickly and yet we gave away a sloppy goal after two minutes and the second goal they just walked through us. We looked all over the place, short of confidence and almost like Trollope was still in charge of the team and we looked scared of them.
Yet after about an hour, something clicked and we really started taking the game to them, putting them under pressure when they were in possession and not giving them the time on the ball we had been happy to let them have in the first half. Then it was a different game as we started to create some decent chances wasted by Noone and Lambert.
Why on earth we didn’t play the whole game like we played the last 30 minutes? Even then we should have had a penalty after Morrison was garroted in the penalty area and on the basis of the last 30 minutes, a draw would probably have been a fair result.’
‘From my vantage point halfway to the moon in the away end, I could see nothing wrong with our “aggressive” approach which began to pose some questions upset Champions League winning manager. He has to realise that the Championship is different to the Premier League and that dealing with what he believes to be “aggressive” play is something he has to deal with. Any team managed by our current manager isn’t just going to lie down to have it’s tummy tickled whilst being over-run.
You (Newcastle) had enough chances yesterday particularly in the first half to have buried us – we had enough chances in the second half to put you at risk of drawing or even losing the game.
You’ll be going up this season and you’ll deserve it – you have by far the best squad in this division (thank god Gayle stayed on the bench yesterday!), you have an amazing level of support, you have the ability to spend tens of millions of pounds in January if your manager feels he needs to and yet he moans about an “aggressive” approach from a team that is currently scrapping for every point to try to get away from their current precarious position.
Good luck for the rest of the season (except the return in Cardiff of course :lol: ) and enjoy a season where you’ll win far more than you lose for a change. Rafa’s real challenge will be when you get back to the Premier League next season.’
‘The ref was poor for both teams, no mention of the challenge on Morrison, or the small decisions like corners. We should of had 1 at our end but by the reaction of your crowd we shouldn’t have when Hoilett tried to play the ball off a defender and we were given a corner, hard to see when your sat on the moon.’
‘If the people of South Wales actually supported their local club instead of putting their support and money into English clubs then we could be like Newcastle too.’
‘Not the same mate – when Newcastle were rumoured to be changing the ground name, there was uproar.
We changed our name, dishonouring him who made the supreme sacrifice, for the sake of a few pence….where was the protest.’
‘We are a bigger city than Newcastle and have a huge catchment area,1.5 million.But people these days only want to follow successful teams so it’s a double edged sword?’
‘What attendances would Newcastle get if they had our history?’
‘Yes because Newcastle have had a load of success recently haven’t they.’
‘Newcastle are not an historically lower league team who’s been through a rebrand. We don’t compare to them, we are closer to Boro who are also bigger then us. Huddersfield are our level.’
‘Neil Warnock may have made the first glaring error of his Cardiff City regime in leaving out Peter Whittingham from the starting lineup at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Warnock plumped for Kieran Richardson and Joe Ralls in midfield against Newcastle United and the pair came up short.
Faced with a fluid, patient Magpies’ midfield, the duo were often left chasing Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez’s shadows as the home side dominated possession.’
‘Lets be fair though, those two playing in the middle for Newcastle are a league above what we’ve got here. I’m sure we still would have been chasing shadows.’
‘I actually thought the assistant was about to show some balls when his flag twitched, couldn’t believe he gave them the award (Cardiff claiming penalty for Mitrovic incident).’
’50,000 people on his case if he gave it.
Great fans, decent people, but even more one eyed than we are !’
Clear as f*** from where I was (two miles away at the top of the stand)’
‘Same, although my vision was also slightly blurry from a night of too much drink.’
‘Unlucky not to get a hard earned point! Not that many teams will leave there being able to say that, shows how far we have come in such a short space of time!’
‘Just come out of the Star Wars bar up here.
Asked for a pic with some Newcastle fans but one wasn’t keen. Apart from that it’s been brilliant, to a man we’ve been well received.
Great day, great trip.
Cardiff fans immense, singing from before the game until we left the ground -superb lads, and recognised by those here today, ignore the negativity and be proud of who you are.’
‘If you think our atmosphere is poor…then you should have been at Newcastle today, 50,000 there and not a peep.’
‘Was surprised by how poor they were, thought we were great though.’
‘Would have taken anything under a 4-0 defeat, so in that respect this was a positive against what is a team that is far too good to be in this division.’
‘Second half we more than matched Newcastle, had three glorious chances, and possibly could of had a penalty.’
‘Awful start to the game and if we could have got in at half time at 1-0 then it could have been all so different, the second goal really set us back though. Two poor goals to lose defensively. Second half I thought we more than matched Newcastle and did enough to warrant a draw, decisions in their penalty area could have been better though.’