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Newcastle United 2-1 Cardiff City

Yoan Gouffran scores against Cardiff
Yoan Gouffran scores Newcastle's second against Cardiff, his third league goal of the season

Newcastle earned a seventh consecutive league win as they beat Cardiff to strengthen their position at the top of the Championship.

Slack defending allowed Christian Atsu to give Newcastle an early lead, and Yoan Gouffran struck a second shortly before half-time.

Cardiff sparked hopes of a comeback when substitute Peter Whittingham scored with 13 minutes left.

But the hosts held on, meaning Cardiff remain 21st.

Second-placed Brighton cut Newcastle's lead at the summit from six points back down to three with a 2-0 win at Bristol City.

Whatever the outcome at Ashton Gate, Newcastle kept the pressure on their rivals with a rampant start against Cardiff.

They were ahead after less than three minutes as Aleksandar Mitrovic found space in the Cardiff penalty area before teeing up Atsu.

Peter Whittingham
Peter Whittingham has scored in three of Neil Warnock's five games in charge of Cardiff

Rafael Benitez's men had chances to extend their advantage but Jonjo Shelvey's shot was blocked by Sol Bamba, while Cardiff goalkeeper Ben Amos denied Paul Dummett.

However, that was simply delaying the inevitable as, moments before half-time, Gouffran's low drive gave Newcastle the two-goal advantage their domination warranted.

Cardiff had chances to cut their deficit, with Craig Noone, Rickie Lambert and Bamba all failing to hit the target from promising positions.

Neil Warnock's side eventually struck courtesy of Whittingham's shot from the edge of the area, but their late efforts to rescue a point were in vain.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: "We started well, had chances and scored two, and started the second half well, but we didn't do it.

"I would rather play passing football, getting goals. In football if you play well you will have chances to win games. Sometimes you can't because the opposition is aggressive and the ref allows this contact.

"If you can it means you are strong as well. Sometimes you play passing football, sometimes you have to be strong and defend and stand up."

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock: "I am so gutted at the penalty. Mitrovic mauls him down; at this level the officials should be educated better and know about the pull.

"To add salt the linesman gives the free-kick to them. They will go home and see it with their coaches next week and say 'oh yeah, I made a mistake'.

"We have not got enough goals in the squad at the moment - we have to work on that.

"There were some pluses though: the lads at the back especially. At half time they might have got five or six. The second goal killed us."

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 26Darlow
  • 22Yedlin
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2Clark
  • 3Dummett
  • 30AtsuSubstituted forDiaméat 89'minutes
  • 12Shelvey
  • 14Hayden
  • 20GouffranSubstituted forAnitaat 72'minutes
  • 17Pérez
  • 45Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 4Colback
  • 5Hanley
  • 7Lazaar
  • 8Anita
  • 9Gayle
  • 15Diamé
  • 28Sels

Cardiff

  • 21Amos
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 14Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 11NooneSubstituted forK Harrisat 75'minutes
  • 15RichardsonSubstituted forWhittinghamat 74'minutes
  • 17GunnarssonBooked at 85mins
  • 8Ralls
  • 33Hoilett
  • 19LambertSubstituted forChamakhat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 7Whittingham
  • 9Gounongbe
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 24K Harris
  • 27Chamakh
  • 30Wilson
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
51,257

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Cardiff City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Cardiff City 1.

  3. Post update

    Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Cardiff City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Sean Morrison with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

  7. Post update

    Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Mohamed Diamé replaces Christian Atsu.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Junior Hoilett.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Amos.

  11. Post update

    Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United).

  12. Post update

    Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

  16. Post update

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

  19. Post update

    Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Newcastle United 2, Cardiff City 1. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marouane Chamakh.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle16121334132137
2Brighton1610422591634
3Huddersfield169251718-129
4Reading168442018228
5Norwich168352827127
6Leeds168261917226
7Birmingham166732118325
8Fulham166642318524
9Bristol City167362319424
10Sheff Wed167361719-224
11Preston167272220223
12Brentford166462116522
13Barnsley166372724321
14Aston Villa164931716121
15Ipswich165651415-121
16Derby165561213-120
17QPR165561722-520
18Burton164661820-218
19Wolves164571921-217
20Nottm Forest164482530-516
21Cardiff164391425-1115
22Wigan163581419-514
23Blackburn163491625-913
24Rotherham1614111738-217
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