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:

Toon Bano:

“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.”

Paul Lyon:

“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.

“Champion! (Maybe).”


“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.”

Ben Cooper:

“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.

Nat Seaton:

“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…”

Jamie Smith:

“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.”

Paul Patterson:

“Another professional away performance

“Another poor refereeing display. Onwards to Barnsley at home and the proper party. HTL.”

Kevin Christie:

“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

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba, Clark, Dummett, Perez (Sterry 90), Colback (Shelvey 73), Hayden, Atsu, Diame, Murphy (Mitrovic 66)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Lazaar, Haidara, Gouffran

Crowd: 23,153 (Newcastle approx 4,300)

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  • nevfur

    IS Kevin Christie a Mackem or just the Grinch? What a b***** misery. Nice to see him getting some pleasure from it all

    • Belfast Ali

      I was thinking that. What a miserable [email protected]&t

    • Damon Horner

      was thinking that. Cardiff’s form while Warnock has been there would have had them in the playoffs or near abouts and we beat them 2-0 on their patch, I don’t see how it proves we’re ill equipped for the Premier League.

      • Kevin Christie

        Surely you can’t have watched the way Colback, Diame, Ayoze, Mitro played and thought that they’ll take us in the right direction next year….?

        • Wor Lass

          Perez had a good game last night.

        • Damon Horner

          “Right direction” is interpretive really. for me, I think if survival is the only thing we are really hoping to achieve next season then they’re good enough with other available options… If we hope to progress up the league then you’re right with the names you’ve chosen as the priority to improve on. Too many changes though will reset any continuity and momentum so we really for me as a minimum just need another capable goalscorer and more midfield depth, the rest can be picked off with improved options when the signings are available.

          Due respect for replying back.

    • MadMag83

      I thought he had a point, possibly a bit over pessimistic but some of those players probably aren’t good enough for the longer term.

    • Kevin Christie

      Haha. Neither, I can assure you! Solid win but not without its nervy moments. As a try-out for next year, then it exposed a lot of weaknesses. That’s all I’m saying. Don’t mean to rain on the parade!

  • Toon Army AZ

    Rafa’s lineup seemed like a tryout for next season for the players who are on the bubble. Atsu and Hayden made strong cases to go up with the squad. Not so much for Colback and Diame.

  • Toon Army AZ

    And a real dilemma at Keeper. Elliot has done well in 2 starts, but Darlow has done well all season. Add Krul and Woodman in the equation and Rafa has a (good) problem on his hands. Oh, and I forgot about Sels.

    • Belfast Ali

      No dilemma as far as I’m concerned. Rob Elliott is by far the best keeper on the books.

      • Albert Stubbins

        I reckon you could be right on that one- never looks flustered Elliott. He’s the number One.

  • Soldier

    not much mention of the defence & in the first half it was the defensive players that looked the most dangerous, Clark solid & Mbemba showed he`s a very good footballer going forward with the ball he was superb & his passing & vision excellent
    the ref was just awaful

  • 1957

    Atsu has shown glimpses of what he is capable of during the season and I can’t make my mind up on him. One thing is a given for me though, he is more likely to make any impact in a PL game than the woeful SloMo. I’m pretty sure although he has had less starts Atsu has more goals and assists than Diame.

    I doubt Benitez will sign Atsu, but SloMo will be there chasing shadows and giving the ball away, we’ll never sell him on.

  • BinTanG

    The 4200 away fans at cardiff on a friday night was amazing. I think its about time we have the singing section back at St James. it will most definitely improve the atmosphere inside the castle on the hill and make it a fortress once again.

    St james is an amazing stadium. the capacity is one of the largest in England. We should use it to our advantage! The home record is 45 points this season whilst the likes of brighton have 54!?

    This is what I think the problem is.. the fans get very nervous and agitated. This negative energy transfers to the pitch. This does affect the decision making of the players and ultimately it gives the visiting team a kick to perform. YES thats our fans! We are one city one club! lets use the 52000 to our advantage. We will need it in the EPL.

    we got the foundation to greater things in Rafa the Gaffa. He has chosen to represent NUFC in his personal project. Every little tweaks is bringing back the shine. there is a feeling of genuine hope and optimism that the club is recovering from the souness + Era.

    I sense good days coming. Just confirm Rafa is staying. give him the funds and let him use his contacts FULLY and get players into NUFC. he knows whats he doing.. we know whats he doing.. all we need is fat Mike to agree. then bobs your uncle fannies your aunt.

    • Steve Smith

      Come on man, don’t believe the tripe that all lazy sky pundits and commentators throw out.

      It’s not our 50k fans making our players nervous, the most likely reason is that it’s the 50k fans are a novelty to most teams visiting who then set up not to get beat rather than to open them selves up which they don’t have the luxury of doing at home.

  • Franzcarrsuperstar

    I’d keep Atsu if Gouffran is leaving. Probably still need a top line winger, but atsu more than good enough as a member of the squad and pretty affordable upgrade on gouff.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Atsu end product is poor there asre better players than him in a lot of championship teams .
    His final descision was poor but credit to him the goal was sublime.
    Fans 10 out of 10 except the guy with the baby on the front (what was that FFS ) oh and i am much happier with Elliott in the goals.

  • Albert Stubbins

    DIAME was impressive- shame as he’s been terrible for most of the season- might get our money back on him though.

  • Leazes Ender

    …. then it suddenly occurred to them that the players they picked to take us forward were the same players who weren’t good enough to save us….

    ….the shirt doesn’t shrink to fit inferior players!