Premier League - Cardiff down after Newcastle defeat

Premier League, St James’ Park – Newcastle United 3 (Ameobi 18, Remy 87, Taylor 90+1) Cardiff City 0

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer manager of Cardiff City applauds the travelling fans

Cardiff City have been relegated to the Championship after losing 3-0 to Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

A first half goal from Shola Ameobi and two in the dying minutes from Loic Remy and substitute Steven Taylor means that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are down following Sunderland’s shock 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

Newcastle had gone into the match on a run of six successive defeats but came out of the blocks quickly and could have been ahead in the opening minute but for a great challenge from Fabio to block Loic Remy’s shot on goal.

The chances for Newcastle kept coming, Mathieu Debuchy denied by David Marshall before seeing his header cannon back off the bar from the resultant corner.

And it was no surprise when the home side went ahead, Ameobi heading home from Moussa Sissoko’s accurate cross. With Newcastle continuing to carve out chances almost at will, the woodwork again came to Cardiff’s rescue as Sissoko’s effort deflected against the post. But the visitors were not without their own chances, Wilfred Zaha denied by an excellent Krul save and last gasp Debuchy challenge.

A subdued second half saw most of the action happen in the stands, a minority of home fans voting against the Newcastle owner and manager by making good on their planned walkout on the 69th minute.

Kenwyne Jones and Aron Gunnarson were denied by goal-line clearances and Newcastle sealed Cardiff’s fate with two goals in the final four minutes.

KEY MOMENTS

1’ – REMY SHOT BLOCKED: Early chance for Remy and should be 1-0 following good work down the right from Sissoko. He crosses for Remy and Fabio does just enough to block his shot.

5’ – CHANCE FOR CAMPBELL: He should score! He shoots wide after Krul fumbles Fabio’s cross. Just needed to get it on target.

16’ – DEBUCHY HITS THE BAR: Debuchy hits the bar direct from the corner. He was completely unmarked.

17’ – GOAL NEWCASTLE: It’s disaster for Cardiff as Ameobi scores with a free header from Sissoko’s cross.

21’ – NEWCASTLE HIT THE POST: Shot from Sissoko deflects off the post! Cardiff all over the place.

75’ – DOUBLE CHANCE FOR CARDIFF: Gunnarson plays it to Jones and Krul saves his shot. Gunnarson’s shot is then cleared miraculously off the line by Coloccini from Bellamy’s cross.

87’ - GOAL NEWCASTLE: Remy finishes Cardiff off with a simple finish from Sissoko’s cross

90+1’ – TAYLOR SEALS IT: He scores his first goal since May 2011 to seal Cardiff’s fate.

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KEY STATS

Shola Ameobi scored in successive PL home apps for the first time since October 2010, when he netted in the 2-2 draw v Wigan and twice in the 5-1 win v Sunderland.

Loic Remy scored his third PL career goal against Cardiff – he has not scored more against a particular side (also three v Hull).

Steven Taylor scored his first goal since netting in the 3-3 PL home draw v West Brom in May 2011 – it is the 200th league appearance of his club career.

Newcastle have won their last eight league games against Cardiff; a run that goes back to 1981.

Cardiff have conceded 26 goals in the final 15 minutes this season; more than any other PL side.

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TALKING POINT: Only minority of fans vote with their feet. The planned 69th minute walkout did happen but not on the scale anticipated as tens and not hundreds of fans shuffled off in the 69th minute in protest against Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND PLAYER RATINGS

MAN OF THE MATCH

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle): Created two for Newcastle and hit the post himself. A driving force in the midfield and one of few highlights on the day.

PLAYER RATINGS

Newcastle: Krul 7, Debuchy 7, Williamson 6, Coloccini 6, Dummett 6, Sissoko 8, Anita 6, Tiote 6, Gouffran 6, Shola Ameobi 7, Remy 7. Subs: Haidara 6, S.Taylor 6, Gosling 6.

Cardiff: Marshall 6, Fabio 6, Caulker 6, Turner 6, John 6, Whittingham 7, Gunnarsson 7, Kim 6, Mutch 6, Zaha 7, Campbell 6. Subs: Jones 6, Eikrem 6, Bellamy 7.

THE MATCH IN A TWEET

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