Cardiff 0 Newcastle 2  – Friday 28 April 7.45pm

Elliott – 8

A solid performance and made a few good saves.

I feel a lot safer with him in between the sticks compared with Darlow and Sels. Out of the current crop of goalkeepers at NUFC (Tim Krul included) he is probably favourite to start next season as the number one.

Yedlin – 7

Offered a lot going forward and defensively solid for once. Although Cardiff did not really offer much going forward.

Mbemba – 7

Another one who looked calm and solid against a weak Cardiff frontline. Can only play against what is put in front of you.

Clark – 7

Mr Consistent this season and he was brilliant again tonight. Does not get enough credit for how good he is on the ball either!

Dummett – 8

Although a left-back will be on the shopping list this summer, Dummett has really put a claim forward to be starting in the Premier League next season based on his from since January.

Solid again tonight and looking more confident going forward.

Colback – 8

One of his better performances of the season. Solid in the midfield and looked calm in the ball.

One of a few players who will have to play well again next week against Barnsley to stake his claim for the summer.

Hayden – 9

A great goal and a great all round performance. He bossed the midfield. Potential to have a big future at NUFC.

Perez – 8

After a much improved performance against Preston, he improved again tonight and was a menace to the Cardiff backline.

Diame – 7

Like Colback, one his better performances this season. Will it be enough for him to stick around in the summer? Who knows.

Atsu – 9

If tonight was an audition for a permanent contract in the summer then he passed with flying colours. Man of the Match. Brilliant Free-Kick.

Murphy – 6

A quiet game and he did not offer much going forward. Big chance for Mitro next week.

Mitrovic – 5

A low five might seem harsh considering he was only on for 25 minutes but he has to start showing soon that he is good enough… should have taken his chance when through on goal.

Next week could be make or break for his NUFC future.

With promotion guaranteed and the pressure off…it was nice to see Newcastle play some good football.

Other subs not on long enough.

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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  • Billy Ellwood

    I thought our defending wasn’t better than a 5. If Cardiff had better forwards we’d have got beaten tonight. Mbemba isn’t good in the air and they got plenty crosses into our box.

  • Blackburn1066

    I think we ran our luck! tonight we were the better team

  • Blackburn1066

    The players that are playing for the Toon today will be gone tomorrow

  • Blackburn1066

    Players coming in will Blow your mind. The Boss of NUFC will not stop till we are the best he can make us.

  • 1957

    The defence had an ok first half but could have cost us the game. Twice Cardiff got wide on the right, Yedlin wasn’t close enough to stop the cross and it went all the way to the back where Dummett (an 8??) was AWOL, thankfully their right winger couldn’t hit a cow’s posterior with a cello. Add to that two easy misses from headers in the centre of the box, albeit for one Diame was the marker and completely lost his man and it was hardly a comfortable night defensively.

    Diame did his usual running about slowly with no end product and easily dispossessed. Hayden was immense he was worth 9, Diame a 5 at best.

    • Belfast Ali

      What a miserable assessment. I’d hate to sit next to you when they’ve played badly

      • Jimblag23

        To be fair against a decent team we’d have been punished a few times.

      • 1957

        It’s an opinion in response to Jonathan’s piece and based on what I saw. We were defensively weak and they had at least 4 clear cut chances to score, better teams with better players would have.

        As for the Diame point was his performance that close to Hayden’s, not for me, but if you think so fine…I don’t.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Fair enough but Atsu too high ,dont let the goal (good as it was ) boost a mediocre performance .Agree with Dummett score when will people give him a bit of credit .

    • Jimblag23

      The penultimate game of the season it would seem, he’s been good all year.

    • 1957

      Dummett’s form was poor earlier in the season but to his credit since the turn of the year he has has seriously upped his game, don’t think he was an 8 though.