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Played
October 5, 2013 10:00 PM SGT
Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 27538‎
 
Loïc Remy 30′
 
Loïc Remy 38′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cardiff 1-2 Newcastle

Loic Remy struck twice early on to give the Magpies a commanding lead going into the break and they managed to hold on despite Peter Odemwingie's effort in the second half

By Ian Capasso

  • David Marshall
    1
    0
    3.00

    David Marshall

    Made a pair of top saves in the opening 20 minutes to keep his side from going down early, but could do nothing about Remy's precision brace before the break.

  • Andrew Taylor
    1
    0
    2.50

    Andrew Taylor

    Had difficulty with Debuchy's marauding runs forward through the first half, but grew in quality as the day went on.

  • Steven Caulker
    1
    0
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Ripped apart by Remy early and simply couldn't contend with the pace of the Frenchman. Recovered in the second half and did better to keep the Newcastle attack at bay to give his side a chance to fight back.

  • Ben Turner
    1
    0
    2.50

    Ben Turner

    Was victimised by Cabaye's incisive passing repeatedly and struggled to track Papiss Demba Cisse. Like his partner in central defence, possessed more confidence in final 45 minutes and aided his side's cause.

  • Kevin Theophile Catherine
    1
    0
    2.50

    Kevin Theophile Catherine

    Was quiet for the majority of the afternoon and struggled to have an impact, even in Cardiff's more positive showing in the second half.

  • Peter Whittingham
    1
    0
    2.00

    Peter Whittingham

    Almost absent throughout, looked to be lacking energy and verve and saw very little of the ball as a result.

  • Gary Medel
    1
    0
    3.50

    Gary Medel

    Typically bullish in midfield, was one of the few men in the home side that looked up for it in the first half. Was key to the second half revival with strong tackling and passed accurately to boot.

  • Bo-Kyung Kim
    1
    0
    2.50

    Bo-Kyung Kim

    Was his side's primary danger man, but on a day in which Cardiff looked unable to generate anything on the offensive end, barely had the chance to get forward and have an impact on the game. Came off at half for Jordon Mutch.

  • Aron Einar Gunnarsson
    1
    0
    2.50

    Aron Einar Gunnarsson

    Found himself repressed for the entire first half and had no space to operate. Took advantage of Newcastle's deeper defensive line in the second half and made the crucial run down the left in the build-up to Odemwingie's goal.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    0
    1
    1.50

    Fraizer Campbell Flop of the Match

    Saw precious few opportunities and wasn't the presence required up front for the hosts. Replaced on 66 minutes by Bellamy.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    1
    0
    3.00

    Peter Odemwingie

    Received no service to speak of in the first half and was entirely isolated, but grew into the match after the break and displayed a cool head to wait out Coloccini's challenge and finish past Krul just shy of the hour mark.

Substitutions

  • Jordon Mutch
    1
    0
    4.00

    Jordon Mutch

    Replaced Kim at half and had an immediate impact with his presence in the centre of the park. Provided a lovely flick-on to assist Odemwingie just 13 minutes into his action on the day and nearly snatched the equaliser only to be denied by Krul.

  • Nicky Maynard
    1
    0

    Nicky Maynard

    Came on for Odemwingie on 81 minutes and saw little of the ball.

  • Craig Bellamy
    1
    0
    3.50

    Craig Bellamy

    Replaced Campbell on 66 minutes and constantly menaced down the right. Delivered the ball into the box with solid consistency and gave his side a fighting chance.

  • Tim Krul
    1
    0
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    Untested the entire first half, and perhaps could've done better on Odemwingie's goal. Made a crucial stop on Mutch down the stretch to preserve Newcastle's lead as Cardiff made a late puch.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    1
    0
    3.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Untroubled for the entirety of the first half, playing nearly on the half-way line for the whole 45 minutes. Was challenged in the second and bowed to the pressure in being outsmarted by Odemwingie on the Nigerian's 58th minute goal.

  • Mike Williamson
    1
    0
    3.00

    Mike Williamson

    Had the chance to clear Odemwingie's goal off the line and failed, but was solid in dealing with the challenge posed by Cardiff for the majority of the second half.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    1
    0
    3.00

    Mathieu Debuchy

    Ran the right flank with authority and never showed any hesitance in supporting Newcastle's constant attacks. Kept Peter Whittingham almost completely quiet on the defensive front.

  • Davide Santon
    1
    0
    3.00

    Davide Santon

    Quietly put in a decent shift on the day and was solid in all phases of the game.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    1
    0
    3.50

    Yohan Cabaye

    Was excellent in distribution and made a series of lovely passes to unlock the Cardiff back line both in open play and on set pieces. Always looked to drive forward at every opportunity and was crucial to Newcastle's midfield dominance in the first half.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    1
    0
    3.00

    Moussa Sissoko

    Set up Remy's first with his ball down the left and threatened to score several times himself. Gradually faded in the second half and became less of a factor.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    1
    0
    3.50

    Cheikh Tiote

    Didn't allow Cardiff out of their own end in the first half in thwarting any chance of a counterattack for the hosts. Became more crucial in the final 45 minutes as the Bluebirds came storming back, breaking up play and staying strong in the tackle.

  • Papiss Cissé
    2
    0
    3.00

    Papiss Cissé

    Lively up front and troubled the defence with some intelligent runs into the area. Did his part in setting up Remy's second by forcing Marshall into a save with a fierce strike that yielded the fatal rebound.

  • Yoan Gouffran
    1
    0
    2.50

    Yoan Gouffran

    Ran the channels well but didn't trouble the opposition as much as his team-mates in attack. Slightly disappointing with his final product but was solid with the ball at his feet.

  • Loïc Remy
    1
    0
    4.50

    Loïc Remy Top of the Match

    Another brilliant performance from the summer signing as he tore the opposition defence apart to net a pair of lovely goals before the break. Came off for Gutierrez on 71 minutes.

Substitutions

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    1
    0

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Came on for Cabaye late on and had few chances to shine.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    1
    0
    2.50

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Replaced Remy on 71 minutes and came close to snatching a goal with a powerful header soon after.

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