Newcastle 1 Cardiff 2

Papiss Cisse

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park



Newcastle United 1 (Cisse 62)

Cardiff City 2 (Noone 73, Campbell 80)



Newcastle United were knocked out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle after suffering a 2-1 third round home defeat against Cardiff City.


The Magpies went ahead just past the hour mark through Papiss Cisse's fourth goal of the season but two Cardiff substitutes - Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell - fired them into the next stage.


Hatem Ben Arfa had looked United's biggest threat and struck the woodwork in the first half, but it was Cisse who pounced on a loose ball to edge the hosts in front.


Campbell hit the post in response, shortly before Noone found the back of the net with a stunning long-range effort.


And Campbell completed the turnaround with ten minutes remaining, heading home a corner at the far post, to give new Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a winning start.


City thought they had taken a ninth-minute lead when returning captain Mark Hudson rose at the far post to head home Peter Whittingham's right-wing corner, but referee Anthony Taylor ruled it out for a push by the defender.


Buoyed by that, Kevin McNaughton and Kim Bo-Kyung both tried their luck from distance but were unable to test Rob Elliot in the United goal.


United hit back and some decent pressure led to a chance for Anita. Having forced the visitors to concede possession, Massadio Haidara's cross was only headed clear as far as Anita, but the Dutch midfielder's subsequent half-volley was straight at goalkeeper David Marshall.


Chances were starting to come at either end. First, Cardiff winger Don Cowie sent an impressive volley over the top before, at the Leazes, Ben Arfa was narrowly wide with a low, long-range effort, having strode into space.


Ben Arfa, operating in the number ten role behind Papiss Cisse, was starting to find pockets of space and came within inches of breaking the deadlock in the 25th minute, pulling the trigger from distance, following a mazy run, and seeing his effort beat Marshall but rebound off the inside of the post and away to safety.


Rob Elliot was forced into his first save of the match right on the stroke of half-time, beating away an Aron Gunnarsson shot, but in truth it was relatively straight forward.


United came roaring out of the traps after the break. French forward Ben Arfa had been their biggest threat in the first period and continued where he left off in the second half.


First, the former Marseille man put a shot over the top from 20 yards, but his next opening saw him come much, much closer.


Dribbling into the box, Ben Arfa stung Marshall's fingertips and as the ball looped up it looked to be dropping in until it struck the top of the crossbar and bounced behind for a corner instead.


And the hosts finally made the breakthrough just past the hour mark.


Sissoko raced onto a ball over the top, got into the box and pulled the trigger, only to be denied by a fantastic last-ditch tackle. However, like any good striker should, Cisse was on hand to pounce on the loose ball, tucking it under Marshall.


Less than ten minutes later, the Bluebirds came agonisingly close to an equaliser. Ex-Sunderland Fraizer Campbell, on as a substitute, found space on the edge of the box but struck a low shot against the woodwork, with Peter Odemwingie unable to steer the loose ball in.


However, they got back on terms on 73 minutes through another replacement. Noone had only been on the pitch around 15 seconds when he picked up the ball in the middle of the park, worked it onto his left-foot and stunned St. James' Park with a 30-yard rocket.


And with ten minutes remaining the South Wales side were in front. Whittingham swung a corner towards the far post and Campbell, almost on the goalline, rose highest to nod home.


United boss Alan Pardew responded by introducing front pair Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy with time running out.


But it failed to inspire the Magpies. Ben Arfa curled a free-kick over the top but that was as good as it got, as the Magpies crashed out of the FA Cup.



Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Cheick Tiote (c), Vurnon Anita; Moussa Sissoko (Loic Remy 85), Hatem Ben Arfa, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 62); Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 85)


Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Sammy Ameobi



Cardiff City (4-5-1): David Marshall; Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson (c), Ben Turner, Declan John; Don Cowie, Aron Gunnarsson, Kim Bo-Kyung (Tommy Smith 80), Peter Whittingham, Peter Odemwingie (Craig Noone 72); Andreas Cornelius (Fraizer Campbell 59)


Subs not used: Joe Lewis, John Brayford, Steven Caulker, Craig Conway



Referee: Anthony Taylor (Manchester)


Bookings: Newcastle - Taylor (69), Ben Arfa (90); Cardiff - Gunnarsson (42)



Attendance: 31,166 (400 Cardiff)

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