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Newcastle United 3-0 Cardiff City: Fabian Schar double helps secure win

Fabian Schar
Fabian Schar scored his first and second Newcastle goals

Newcastle lifted themselves out of the relegation zone and leapfrogged Cardiff as they secured a much-needed win over Neil Warnock's side.

Fabian Schar proved the difference as his first Newcastle goals lifted the gloom around St James' Park where Rafael Benitez's team have already lost eight times in the league this season.

The Swiss defender was only in the side to replace the injured Ciaran Clark but he took full advantage midway through the first when he was allowed to run from the right touchline before curling left-footed into the bottom corner.

As fine a goal as it was, the Cardiff defending was non-existent.

Schar's second was more straightforward as he found himself in the right spot to bundle in Matt Ritchie's corner, becoming the first Newcastle defender to score two goals in a game since Philippe Albert in 1996.

Ayoze Perez added gloss in injury time from Salomon Rondon's low cross as Newcastle scored three goals for the first time in the league this season.

Victory ended a five-game winless run for the Magpies and lifted them two points clear of their opponents, who only have Fulham and Huddersfield beneath them.

Ayoze Perez
Ayoze Perez scored in injury time as Newcastle scored three goals for the first time this season

Schar shines in superb team display

Benitez targeted this game against one of their relegation rivals as a crucial one and his team seemed to rise to the occasion with stellar performances all over the pitch.

This was a seventh game unbeaten against teams from the bottom seven.

Schar's goals were as well taken as they were unexpected, but there were fine displays from the likes of academy graduate Sean Longstaff in midfield and Rondon, who was a true workhorse in attack.

The Magpies also added a threat down the flanks that Cardiff struggled to deal with as Ritchie and Christian Atsu combined down the left, with DeAndre Yedlin offering a constant outlet on the right.

Schar's opener also came from that flank as he operated on the right side of a back three and was willing to break forward before calmly slotting past Neil Etheridge.

Fresh from a midweek FA Cup replay win at Blackburn, the home fans knew they were witnessing something special in the context of this season when Schar added his second. It was only the second time Newcastle had scored two home goals in a match this season.

The players, too, seemed to be lifted as they found an extra yard of pace and defended superbly as Cardiff finally stirred.

And when Perez popped up with a third, his fourth of the season, it gave them hope that despite ongoing issues around the ownership of the club, they might yet see Premier League football again next season.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has a shot blocked by the effervescent Matt Ritchie

Cardiff struggle without injured captain Morrison

Cardiff came into the game in better form than their opponents, having lost only once in the past four games, with three clean sheets in the process.

They were also boosted by the loan signing of striker Oumar Niasse, who joined the club from Everton on Friday.

But with only 10 minutes in the Premier League since September, he struggled to fit into the team, which was perhaps understandable.

The Bluebirds, who had not won a league game at St James' Park since 1963, were also without captain Sean Morrison, who suffered a burst appendix earlier in the week.

His omission was important as the defence struggled to marshal the impressive Rondon.

Only Victor Camarasa managed a shot on goal in the first half, as he fizzed the ball over from 25 yards just before the break.

And it was only after Newcastle went 2-0 up that the visitors attacked with any urgency. Bobby Reid skewed wide late on, but Warnock's team did not look very threatening in attack and were met with some stubborn resistance.

Man of the match - Fabian Schar

Fabian Schar
Fabian Schar was pushed close by the excellent Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie but in addition to his two goals, he could have had a hat-trick and was also excellent in defence

Manager reaction

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Everybody has to be happy - Benitez

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez: "We did good. We scored three goals so everyone has to be happy.

"The main thing is the commitment of the players and then it was about trying to manage the game against a tough team, a physical team.

"Fabian Schar has quality on the ball. It [his first goal] was a great goal. The team were giving everything and this kind of game you know you have to work hard.

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Newcastle 3-0 Cardiff: Defeat not the end of the world - Warnock

"I said before we would still have to win a lot of games to stay up."

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock: "I didn't think it was a 3-0 game. I couldn't see them breaking through until the first goal which was poor from our point of view. We started the second half well and were dangerous and then conceded the second that killed us. We didn't have anything drop for us and they were better than us in the final third.

"Nine of the lads that played today were in the Championship last year. While we are disappointed it is not the end of the world. We looked a half decent side. I didn't think in the last third we did enough."

First Newcastle defender to score twice since Philippe Albert

  • Newcastle have won their last 10 home league games against Cardiff - only against Bolton have they had a longer run in their history (11 between 1898 and 1914).
  • Cardiff have failed to score in a league-high 11 different Premier League games this season.
  • Fabian Schar scored both of Newcastle's goals in this match, his first ever goals in the Premier League. He'd scored just three goals in his previous 65 appearances in the top five European leagues.
  • Each of Ayoze Perez's last five Premier League goals for Newcastle have come at St James' Park.

What next?

Newcastle will hope they can continue their good form against Watford in the FA Cup fourth round next Saturday (15:00 GMT) before they host Manchester City in the league the following Tuesday (20:00 GMT). Cardiff take a trip to Arsenal on the same evening (19:45 GMT).

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 12Dubravka
  • 22Yedlin
  • 5Schär
  • 6Lascelles
  • 20Lejeune
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forManquilloat 85'minutes
  • 17Pérez
  • 14Hayden
  • 36Longstaff
  • 30Atsu
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 7Murphy
  • 19Manquillo
  • 21Joselu
  • 25Sterry
  • 37Roberts
  • 41Woodman

Cardiff

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Peltier
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 22Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forMurphyat 82'minutes
  • 21CamarasaBooked at 46mins
  • 8Ralls
  • 33Hoilett
  • 13PatersonSubstituted forWardat 89'minutes
  • 29NiasseSubstituted forReidat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ward
  • 11Murphy
  • 12Smithies
  • 14Reid
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 18Cunningham
  • 23K Harris
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
49,864

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0.

Attempt saved. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isaac Hayden.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Salomón Rondón following a fast break.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Callum Paterson.

Foul by Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United).

Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Foul by Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United).

Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Javier Manquillo replaces Matt Ritchie.

Attempt missed. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Josh Murphy replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Florian Lejeune.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin.

Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Reid.

Offside, Newcastle United. DeAndre Yedlin tries a through ball, but Salomón Rondón is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Isaac Hayden.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Víctor Camarasa with a cross.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin with a cross.

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Bobby Reid replaces Oumar Niasse.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 2, Cardiff City 0. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamaal Lascelles following a corner.

Attempt missed. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

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