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January 4, 2014 10:00 AM EST
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 31166‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle 1-2 Cardiff City

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men produce a stunning comeback as goals from Noone and Campbell see the Bluebirds soar into the fourth round.

By Harry Slavin

  • Rob Elliot
    0
    0
    2.50

    Rob Elliot

    Put under pressure whenever Cardiff had set pieces but showed bravery in coming to claim Whittingham's centers into dangerous areas. Had to be alert to make a couple of saves from range. Couldn't be put at fault for either of Cardiff's well taken goals.

  • Davide Santon
    0
    0
    3.00

    Davide Santon

    Kept Odemwingie quiet as he matched him for pace and power down Newcastle's right. Tidy in the challenge and didn't show many signs of fatigue following the hectic festive period as he happily worked his way beyond Sissoko on the flank.

  • Massadio Haidara
    0
    0
    3.50

    Massadio Haidara

    Showed the appetite to get forward and beyond Gouffran and gave McNaughton a headache all afternoon on the flank. Delivered some crosses of real quality despite no one getting on the end of them, the fact he was on corner duties on the left emphasizing his ability to produce a dangerous ball.

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    0
    0
    2.00

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Top of the Match

    Formed an unfamiliar partnership with Taylor and although the pair coped well in the first half with Cornelius, both looked a little less surefooted against the pace of Campbell, illustrated by a clumsy foul on the edge of the area.

  • Steven Taylor
    0
    0
    2.50

    Steven Taylor

    Coped with the height difference against Cornelius well by showing some smart movement off the ball to limit the effectiveness of the Dane. Still likes to get forward though and was constantly looking to get on the end of set pieces inside the Cardiff area.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    0
    0
    3.00

    Cheikh Tiote

    Ran the midfield for the hosts and constantly retained and recycled possession with impressive regularity. Tired as the game got on but still willed himself and his teammates to press Cardiff to the final second.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    0
    0
    3.00

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Partnered Cisse up front as Newcastle went with two up top but still favored dropping deep to pick up the ball on occasions. Cracked a wicked effort against the post in the first half but wasn't allowed the same kind of space in the second period as Cardiff's wised up to the playmaker.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    0
    0
    2.00

    Moussa Sissoko

    Worked hard to put in the mileage on the right for the Magpies but didn't really get into the promising positions that he has managed to find so often in the past. Was played through by Gouffran in the build up to the goal but was taken off late as Newcastle pushed for an equalizer.

  • Vurnon Anita
    0
    0
    2.50

    Vurnon Anita

    Partnered Tiote in the center of the park but rarely managed to assert himself in the tie. Would often come wide and help on the wings with some intricate passing but couldn't fill the massive void left by Cabaye's absence.

  • Papiss Cissé
    0
    0
    2.50

    Papiss Cissé

    Displayed the odd touch that would suggest that not all confidence has been drained from his game but still strayed offside and frustrated his teammates and supporters with wayward passes and mishit shots. Had the last laugh though as he got on the scoresheet.

  • Yoan Gouffran
    0
    0
    2.50

    Yoan Gouffran

    Worked tirelessly when not in possession to win it back and constantly put McNaughton under pressure. Worked well with Haidara down the right and played a key part in Newcastle's opener, delivering a long ball over the top for Sissoko.

Substitutions

  • Gabriel Obertan
    0
    0
    2.00

    Gabriel Obertan

    Came on for the tiring Gouffran but didn't get the opportunity to display his pace.

  • Loïc Remy
    0
    0

    Loïc Remy

    Came on after the Magpies went behind but couldn't get into threatening positions.

  • Shola Ameobi
    0
    0

    Shola Ameobi

    On alongside Remy, the striker failed to conjure up a late chance

  • David Marshall
    0
    0
    2.50

    David Marshall

    Not tested for long periods of the game as Newcastle failed to register shots on target. Was forced into a couple of good stops in the second half, most notably denying Ben Arfa from close range.

  • Ben Turner
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ben Turner

    Was perhaps harshly penalized as his foul in the areas saw Cardiff's early goal chalked off. Dealt well with the threat of Cisse throughout and didn't give the Senegalese striker an inch.

  • Declan John
    0
    0
    3.00

    Declan John

    The youngster showed maturity at the back, not getting caught in rash forward runs and showing great awareness to help out teammate McNaughton when he struggled on the right.

  • Kevin McNaughton
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kevin McNaughton

    Only his third appearance for the Bluebirds this season and still looks to be adapting to life against top opposition. His lack of pace was often exposed by Gouffran and Haidara, leaving Cardiff vulnerable on the right-hand side.

  • Mark Hudson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mark Hudson

    Back in the team for Steven Caulker, the defender showed strength in the air as he routinely won out against Cisse. Stayed strong at the back as Newcastle forced a late onslaught and produced a number of well timed challenges to keep the hosts at bay.

  • Aron Einar Gunnarsson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Aron Einar Gunnarsson

    Took over the role of midfield marshal in the absence of Chilean enforcer Medel and meted out some tasty challenges, one on Ben Arfa bringing him a caution. Taken off in the second period for Noone in what proved to be an inspired sub by Solskjaer.

  • Bo-Kyung Kim
    0
    0
    3.00

    Bo-Kyung Kim

    A constant threat for Cardiff, picking up the ball in dangerous areas and running at the defense.

  • Don Cowie
    0
    0
    2.50

    Don Cowie

    Would have relished the chance of coming up against the relatively inexperienced Haidara but didn't see too much of the ball as Cardiff tended to focus its attacks through the center.

  • Peter Whittingham
    0
    0
    3.50

    Peter Whittingham

    Constantly delivered quality set pieces that caused the hosts all sort of problems, as both goals coming as a result of his quality form dead balls.

  • Andreas Cornelius
    0
    0
    2.50

    Andreas Cornelius

    Given his chance by Solskjaer, the Dane was left to lead the line by himself but was still able to get some change out of Yanga-Mbiwa and Taylor.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    0
    0
    2.00

    Peter Odemwingie

    Forced into a wide berth as the new Cardiff boss opted for just one up top. Didn't really force the issue on the wing and was subbed in the second period for Campbell in what proved to be a turning point.

Substitutions

  • Craig Noone
    0
    0
    3.50

    Craig Noone

    His introduction proved the catalyst to a Cardiff comeback as his fantastic strike leveled things up.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    0
    0
    3.50

    Fraizer Campbell Flop of the Match

    The former Sunderland player will be the most unpopular player on Tyneside tonight as he came on and won the game with a well-taken header.

  • Tommy Smith
    0
    0

    Tommy Smith

    Came on late on.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
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Britt Assombalonga Britt Assombalonga
Midfielder
Peterborough United
5 1
Joe Garner Joe Garner
Striker
Preston Ath
5 0
Sam Clucas Sam Clucas
Midfielder
Mansfield Town
5 0
Chris Porter Chris Porter
Striker
Sheffield United
4 2
Reuben Reid Reuben Reid
Striker
Plymouth Argyle
4 1