MATCH REPORTS

Cardiff 1 Newcastle 2

Loic Remy

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At the Cardiff City Stadium

 

 

Cardiff City 1 (Odemwingie 58)

Newcastle United 2 (Remy 30, 38)

 

 

Loic Remy's first-half brace earned Newcastle United another away-day triumph with a 2-1 win at Cardiff City on Saturday.

 

The forward struck twice in eight minutes with a pair of brilliant finishes, before Bluebirds' forward Peter Odemwingie pulled one back after the break in South Wales.

 

Remy's first was a solo effort, taking the ball from inside his own half before firing home, and the on-loan star then struck from 18 yards to give United breathing space.

 

Odemwingie gave Cardiff hope but they were unable to grab a share of the spoils, and anything less than three points would have been harsh on Alan Pardew's side, who entirely dominated the first period and produced a solid second half display.

 

In fact, were it not for home goalkeeper David Marshall the advantage could have been even greater, with Remy, Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko all denied by the Scot, as well as Yohan Cabaye rattling the woodwork with a long-range free-kick.

 

The result was Newcastle's third away win of the season in all competitions and takes their Premier League points tally to ten from seven games.

 

United received a let-off inside the opening four minutes when indecision between goalkeeper Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini almost gave Fraizer Campbell a sight of goal.

 

Reacting to a long ball, the centre-forward nipped in between the pair but Krul did just enough to get a touch on the ball, force Campbell wide and put him off.

 

Following that early scare, the visitors reacted well and almost broke the deadlock in the 11th minute through Cisse.

 

Some patient but incisive passing saw the ball worked to the striker on the edge of the area, but having cut inside two markers Cisse was unable to get his curled effort on target and it flew narrowly wide.

 

The Magpies were getting closer and Cardiff keeper David Marshall had to be at his best twice in the space of a minute, first producing an outstanding point-blank stop from Remy after the hosts failed to clear a free-kick, and then tipping over Sissoko's long-range strike which was on its way into the top corner.

 

Remy had another opportunity to break the deadlock on 26 minutes but again found Marshall in his way. This time, the French forward sidefooted weakly at the stopper after Mathieu Debuchy had cut back Yohan Cabaye's inch-perfect pass into his path.

 

And it was third time lucky for the on-loan star as he finally found the back of the net on the half-hour mark with a brilliant individual effort.

 

Picking the ball up inside his own half, Remy raced down the left before cutting inside and planting a low strike into the bottom corner for his fourth goal in as many starts.

 

It was no more than the visitors deserved for almost entirely dominating the opening period, and they quickly went in search of a second; Marshall having to pluck Cabaye's 25-yarder out of the top corner.

 

And with seven minutes remaining before half-time they doubled their advantage through that man Remy once more.

 

Cabaye fed Cisse with another outstanding, defence-splitting pass and although the Senegalese striker's outside-of-the-boot effort was saved by Marshall, the loose ball fell to Remy on the edge of the box.

 

It was by no means an easy finish, with a goalkeeper and two defenders in his way but Remy showed his class with a clinical sidefoot strike that sent the travelling fans into raptures.

 

Newcastle weren't done there though, and came within a lick of paint of their third goal with time running out.

 

Awarded a free-kick wide on the right and around 35 yards from goal, everyone inside the Cardiff City Stadium was expecting Cabaye to swing a cross into the box.

 

Everyone apart from the man standing over the ball, that is, as the midfielder went for goal and had Marshall well and truly beaten, only to see his shot crash off the post and away to safety.

 

Would Newcastle rest on their laurels in the second half? No chance, as Cabaye signalled their attacking intention with another shot from distance which Marshall had to beat away.

 

A rare Cardiff attack in the 50th minute produced a corner, from which half-time substitute Jordon Mutch rose unmarked at the front post but planted a header wildly off target.

 

The hosts had offered precious little but were back in the game in the 58th minute. Aron Gunnarsson won possession on the right flank before striding forward and playing in Mutch on the edge of the area.

 

And the former Watford man dinked a first-time pass into Odemwingie who took his time and tricked his way past Krul and Coloccini before slotting home.

 

That goal sparked the home crowd into life but they were almost silenced when Newcastle broke at pace from defending a corner.

 

The Magpies were three-on-two as the roared towards the Cardiff goal but Marshall again produced heroics to deny Sissoko with his legs.

 

Jonas Gutierrez was introduced from the substitutes' bench on 71 minutes and nearly made an immediate impact with his first touch of the game. Cabaye's right-wing corner was headed back into the danger zone by Debuchy but Gutierrez, under pressure, was unable to find the target from six yards.

 

At the other end, Krul had to be quick off his line to thwart Bluebirds' replacement Craig Bellamy but the visitors almost put the game out of sight when Cisse pounced on a defensive mix-up, only to somehow be denied by the outstanding Marshall.

 

Cardiff escaped a late penalty shout when Cabaye's cross bounced up and struck the arm of full-back Andrew Taylor but a third goal wasn't needed as the Magpies saw out the final few minutes to pick up three important points.

 

 

Cardiff City (4-3-3): David Marshall; Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Ben Turner, Steven Caulker (c), Andrew Taylor; Aron Gunnarsson, Gary Medel, Kim Bo-Kyung (Jordon Mutch 46); Peter Odemwingie (Nicky Maynard 81), Fraizer Campbell (Craig Bellamy 66), Peter Whittingham

 

Subs not used: Joe Lewis, Mark Hudson, Don Cowie, Craig Noone

 

 

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Hatem Ben Arfa 86), Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy (Jonas Gutierrez 71)

 

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi

 

 

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

 

Bookings: Cardiff - Gunnarsson (90); Newcastle - none

 

 

Attendance: 27,538

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