A poor punch in the opening stages almost gifted Cardiff the lead and the Dutchman would have been relieved to see the ball flash wide. Made up for it with numerous top quality saves from the likes of Zaha and Jones.
Denied twice in the space of two first-half minutes by impressive Marshall saves. Injected an attacking threat down the right that Cardiff couldn't deal with, providing the perfect foil for the rampaging Sissoko.
Didn't do himself any favours in a hostile atmosphere by firing two dangerous free kicks straight into the wall. His performance in open play clearly didn't impress either as he was hauled off at the break.
After a breeze of a first half, it was all hands to the pump for the Argentine in the second as Cardiff took the game to the home side. Had to produce a world-class goal-line clearance to keep out Gunnarsson's goalbound effort.
Dealt with any ball that came near him in the air but looked a little less comfortable when Cardiff were able to get the ball on the ground. Almost opened his account for the Toon with a deflected effort that whistled wide of the post.
Sat in behind the front pair of Remy and Ameobi but failed to provide much meaningful support to them. Has struggled, like his side, to recapture his early season form and was taken off in the second half.
Cut a determined figure in the middle of the park and looked intent on running the show himself. Demanded the ball off team-mates at times as he looked to ensure he dominated the centre of the park.
One of Newcastle's more prominent threats, the Frenchman made the most of coming up against the inexperienced John. Produced a delicious cross for Ameobi to open the scoring and hit the post himself as he led the attack.
Despite Cardiff playing three across the middle, the Dutchman didn't have too many problems getting on the ball. More often than not he was able to drive with the ball into the opposition half, although his final ball was left wanting.
The one change Pardew made from the side that lost to Arsenal, he opened the scoring with a simple header - his second goal in as many games at St James' Park.
On what is more than likely to be his last appearance at St James' Park in black and white stripes, the striker was presented with a chance inside the opening minute but couldn't find the target. Didn't assert himself on the game much after, squandering a couple more chances before finally tapping home late on.
Produced a couple of good saves early on to deny Debuchy, one an incredible clawing stop from under his own bar. Could do little to keep out Ameobi's close-range header and had to be on guard as his defence afforded Newcastle sites at of goal on a regular basis.
Started in the centre of defence in place of the suspended Cala, he didn't have to difficult time dealing with Remy but looked out of his depth when Newcastle used their pushed.
Given a run-out against in place of Theophile-Catherine, the youngster struggled with the searing pace of Sissoko, giving Newcastle's winger to many opportunities to deliver the ball into the box.
One of only two outfield players in the Premier League this season who has played every minute of every game, the defender didn't show any signs of fatigue, getting up and down the field. Did lose Ameobi for the opening goal however.
Kept his head unlike last weekend where he was lucky to stay on the pitch. He kept Newcastle quiet on the left flank but couldn't provide the attacking outlet his side needed.
Sat in a central role for the visitors as they attempted to flood the middle. Rarely seemed to get on the ball in open play and didn't look comfortable. Caused a few problems with his set pieces and his passing was crisp when giving time.
The Manchester United loanee has done little since arriving at the Welsh club to merit the hype but he displayed more than a few glimpses of his talent when leaving Debuchy for dead and testing Krul on a couple of occasions.
Returned to the starting line up after sitting out the trip to Sunderland, the Korean didn't provide the impact Solskjaer would have been looking for, as he failed to give his side any presence and was take off for Bellamy at the break.
Missed a great chance with a header when the score was only 1-0. Didn't offer enough in the middle of the park for his side as they slumped back into the Championship.
Looked strong going forward n the middle of the park but will be haunted by his miss which would have leveled the scores and potentially have kept Cardiff's Premier League dreams alive.
The former Sunderland man got the winner when these sides met in the FA Cup in January and he should have punished Krul's poor punch early on but sent his shot wide.