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4 January 2014
• St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 31166
P. Cissé 62'
C. Noone 73'
F. Campbell 80'
I've been Greg Taylor, thanks for joining me, have a great Saturday night!
Newcastle will be unsure how they let this one slip, they looked to be in total control but Campbell proved a real handful and was the eventual match winner. The FA Cup dream is over for another year for the Magpies.
A great result for Solskjaer in his first game of charge. To win away at Newcastle after going behind is not something many teams are capable of doing. He made some great substitutions, with both Noone and Campbell scoring. He'll be looking forward to the fourth round draw tomorrow.
That's it! A dramatic second half comes to an end with Cardiff winning 2-1 here at St. James Park.
90' + 4'
Yellow CardHatem Ben Arfa
90' + 4'
Ben Arfa tries to get a cheeky penalty but is booked for diving. Less than a minte left. Newcastle fans hoping for a goal.
90' + 3'
Solskjaers baby face is grinning. Calm down Ole it's not over yet! He should know more than anyone what can happen in the last two minutes of a match.
Very scrappy now, but Newcastle have five minutes of stoppage time to get a goal. Pardew tries to rally his side, shouting at Tiote to raise the side.
Ben Arfas drive goes over, not a bad effort but Newcastle are running out of ideas and time. Marshall to take a goal kick. The 400 Cardiff fans will be delighted with their sides second half. Could be a very pleasant journey back to South Wales if it stays like this.
Free kick for Newcastle, about 30 yards out. Ben Arfa wants it. Can he produce a moment of magic?
CHANCE! Obertan beats the offside trap and plays the ball low and hard across the 6 yard box, but Cisse cant get a touch and another chance goes begging for the Magpies. That'll be his last involvement of the game as Remy replaces him.
Newcastle have 10 minutes to find an equaliser and stay in the FA Cup. They looked totally dominate until Campbell came on. He has caused the Newcastle defence problems. Remy and Ameobi about to come on.
GOAL! What a turn around! Whittingham takes the corner and puts in a beauty into the back post. Campbell leaps high and heads it powerfully into the net past Elliot. Solskjaer, just like he did in his playing days, makes an impact from the bench by bringing Campbell and Noone on.
Cardiff have a corner. Whittingham did well down the left and his cross was deflected out. Whittingham will take it himsef.
Will Pardew call the cavalry? Remy and both Ameobi's are still sitting in the dugout. Solskjaer will be delighted with his sides' character. They looked out of ideas and lacking in quality but Noone has given them a huge lift.
GOAL! Would you believe it. Craig Noone has just come on and fires a beauty into the top right hand corner. He ran through the centre and just pulled the trigger from 25 yards out and buried it past Elliot. Great equaliser. Game on!
Now Cardiff have a free kick from 25 yards out after Campbell is fouled on the edge of the box. Whittingham with his wand of left foot will take it.But he puts too much on it and it goes well over. Waste.
Yellow CardSteven Taylor
CLOSE! Great effort by Campbell. An instinctive effort from 20 yards out, but it hits the post, Odemwingie hits the follow up over. They're making a few chances now for themselves.
Ben Arfa still going at the Cardiff back four. He has been a constant nuisance all game, such a talented player. Tiote, with that captain armband on keeps ticking things over in the middle. The game still hasn't got going this half despite the goal.
So how can Solskjaer rally his troops? They may start looking for the long ball to Campbell who is excellent when playing on the last shoulder. Pardew looking a little happier now, Obertan has just replaced Gouffran.
GOAL! Great ball over the top for Sissoko, before he can hit it he gets dispossessed, but Cisse is on hand to punish Cardiff with a clinical finish inside the box. It's his third goal of the season. Newcastle deserve that.
Plenty of errors and free kicks, the game is just losing all momentum. Time for a change Ole? It is, on comes the Bluebirds top scorer Campbell for Cornelius. Not a great performance by the big Dane.
Cardiff finally have some possession but Kim misplaces a pass and Tiote nicks it off him and the Magpies break. Good cross in by Sissoko but Cisse is offside much to his teammates dismay.
Gouffran has been a good buy. Some good play by him down the left helps Newcastle maintain the pressure on Cardiff.
It is 59 years since the last of Newcastle's six FA Cup wins, and Pardew would love to underline the club's progress under him with a trophy. And to prove a point to Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear.
Another chance for Newcastle, Sissoko's long range shot is parried by Marshall and Newcastle have a corner. Cardiff get it away but only to Ben Arfa who loops a cross into Cisse but his header is soft and Marshall claims the ball.
Cisse wins a header and it falls to Ben Arfa who shoots but it takes a deflection and loops out for a corner. Poor delivery by Haidara, it's half cleared and Newcastle have a throw.
Both sides just easing themselves into the second half. Tiote is dictating play in the middle and feeds Ben Arfa, who again makes space but his shot goes high an wide.
Newcastle win an early corner off a Gouffran cross. Haidara crosses it in and it's met by Taylor but he gets too much power on it and it flies over. Marshall have a goal kick.
We're back underway, with Newcastle kicking off. No changes made at half time.
Solskjaer will be relatively pleased by what he's seen so far. But will he be looking at the subs' bench to invigorate his side, just like he did on so many occasions during his time at Manchester United?
Quite an even first half. Cardiff started the brighter of the two sides with a disallowed goal by Hudson but Newcastle grew into the game with Ben Arfa coming closest to scoring when his left footed shot hit the post.
The players are back out on the pitch and we'll be back underway shortly.
And that's the whistle for half time.
Newcastle look frustrated and will be desperate to find a goal before half time. To Cardiff's credit, they've looked well organised and very disciplined so far. Cardiff have a corner.
Elliot plays along free kick up to Sissoko, Ben Arfa finds some space and pulls the trigger but his goal bound shot is blocked by Turner and another Newcastle attack fizzles out.
Yellow CardAron Einar Gunnarsson
Can either side find a goal before half time. Newcastle definitely look the more likely to break the deadlock. Both sides' top scorers, Remy and Campbell, are on the bench, how long will it be before either manager introduces their star striker?
Newcastle playing it around really well on the edge of the Cardiff area but are struggling to find a killer pass. Gouffran tries to dink a ball threw to Cisse but it's over hit and Marshall can collect.
Cowie plays it wide to Mcnaughton who skips past Haidara and wins a corner kick. Up come Hudson and Turner to try and use their height for set pieces. Whittingham to take it, it's a good delivery but Eliot gets hold of it.
The Bluebirds have won just once in 10 games since their derby victory over Swansea. Not surprising after all that's happened but Mr. Solskjaer will be desperate for a confidence building win.
Good play by Sissoko, he drives Newcastle forward as the Magpies continue to take charge of this game. But Cisse drifts offside and Cardiff have a free kick.
A little break in play as poor Haidara has been hit in the nether regions by Kim. Gouffran plays the ball back to the Cardiff goalkeeper and the game continues.
Good play by Anita, he wins a corner off Cowie. Ben Arfa whips it in and it falls to Gouffran who hits it sweetly but it goes about a yard wide. Newcastle now mounting some pressure before half time.
Solskjaer will be pleased with his sides performance so far. Very positive. Cisse is working hard up top, he pressurises the Cardiff defence and forces Turner to boot it clear.
Good end to end stuff now. Cardiff still taking the initiative but Newcastle look dangerous on the break, especially with Ben Arfa down the left. Throw in to the Bluebirds, who nowadays wear red. Thanks Tan.
CLOSE! Gouffran gets it on the counter, he passes it to Cisse but he's tackled and Newcastle have a throw in. From there, Ben Arfa receives the throw and squeezes past a few fenders and hits the post with a bullet of a shot. Marshall absolutely rooted to the spot.
Here comes Ben Arfa, he plays in Santon but his cross is over hit and Cardiff have a goal kick. Santon's been a little wasteful today, Cisse will hope for better delivery than that.
Cardiff fans will be hoping to see what Cornelius is all about. He was the player Mackay hoped would score the goals to keep them in the Premier League. A few goals in the FA Cup would do plenty for his confidence. Newcastle passing it around the midfield in front of Cardiff.
CLOSE! Ben Arfa finds space down his favoured left side and gets into the box but drags his shot wide. He looks very lively.
Cardiff camped on the edge of the Newcastle box, working it from right to left before Kim lays it off to Cowie but his shot goes over the bar and Elliot has a goal kick.
McNaughton wins a free kick on the left wing. It's a poor delivery and Newcastle regain possession. They'll be hoping to gain some control of this match. Cardiff definitely on top so far this half.
Cardiff can be highly satisfied with their start. They are playing the ball around well. Solskjaer is looking active to, already barking orders at Odemwingie to drop deeper and stop the runs of Santon down that side.
McNaughton finds space and shoots from 20 yards out. Good effort but it drifted away and over the bar.
Disallowed goal for Cardiff. Whitts corner headed into the net by Hudson but referee blows for a foul in the box. Odemwingie the man penalised for pushing.
Santon beats the offside trap and conjures an effort for the home side, but he blazes his shot high and wide. Cardiff still pressing very high.
Whittingham has dropped into that Medel role in front of the back four, supported by Gunnar. Kim adopts a more attacking position. Quiet start so far from both teams.
Odemwingie gives the ball away, plays it well over McNaughton’s head and out of play. Solskjaer is keen for his players to press quite high and they're doing that at the moment.
And we're underway.
The players are out on the pitch, we'll be underway very shortly.
These sides last met back in October where Newcastle ran out 2-1 winners in Cardiff. Two goals by Loic Remy was the difference, but he's on the bench so who is going to be an F.A. Cup hero today?
Papiss Cisse has been given a chance up front, despite his lack of goals this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named an attacking side for his first game in charge, with both Peter Odemwingie and record signing Andreas Cornelius leading the line.
Alan Pardew has decided to field a strong Newcastle United side as they take on Cardiff City in the FA Cup this afternoon, with the in-form Yoan Gouffran and Hatem Ben Arfa featuring in a five-man midfield.
Cardiff Subs: Caulker, Campbell, Brayford, Smith, Noone, Conway, Lewis
Newcastle Subs: Williamson, Remy, Sh Ameobi, Obertan, Sa Ameobi, Dummett, Alnwick
Cardiff City: Marshall; McNaughton, Hudson, Turner, John; Whittingham, Kim, Gunnarsson, Cowie; Odemwingie, Cornelius
Newcastle United: Elliot; Santon, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara; Tiote, Anita; Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse
The teams are in, so let's get straight to it and bring you the line-ups, starting with the hosts...
But it's a new year, a new chapter and most fans will be hoping they can put all that unrest behind them and concentrate on staying in the Premier League. But all of that is irrelevant today as Solskjaer's first match in charge is a testing FA Cup tie here at St James' Park. He'll be hoping for a good result to build confidence as they try to work their way up the league table in 2014.
Vincent Tan's treatment of Malky Mackay and Iain Moody no doubt had an affect on the players and made him a hate figure with the clubs' fans. Tan's popularity took another hit last week when he booed his side after they drew 2-2 with fellow strugglers Sunderland at home.
Not the easiest of starts for the baby faced assassin. Newcastle have been extremely impressive so far this season, with them currently sitting in eighth position in the league table and only a single point behind champions Manchester United. Cardiff meanwhile are down in 17th position with just 18 points taken from 20 games. But that is hardly surprising after all that's happened at the club during the last few months.
So after a tumultuous end to 2013, Cardiff finally have some good news, they have a new manager. The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era at Cardiff City begins in earnest with a tough-looking trip to Tyneside.
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the FA Cup third round as in-form Newcastle United host fellow Premier League outfit Cardiff City.
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