It was a second successive loss for Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City against Newcastle, but there were signs of encouragement.
It was always gonna be tough for the Bluebirds away at the league leaders, but they didn’t help themselves throught getting off to a bad start, going 1-0 down through a Christian Atsu goal. It was slack defending which allowed him to give Newcastle the lead, as Aleksandar Mitrovic found space in the Cardiff penalty area before teeing up Atsu.
Newcastle had very good chances to extend their lead, with Jonjo Shelvey’s shot being blocked by Sol Bamba, and Ben Amos denying Paul Dummett. However, this was delaying the inevitable and Yoan Gouffran’s low drive Newcastle the two-goal advantage they deserved.
Cardiff did have chances to cut the deficit, with Craig Noone, Rickie Lambert and Bamba all missing from promising positions. They did eventually get a goal back in the 77th minute through Peter Whittingham’s shot from the edge of the area. Neil Warnock believed they deserved a penalty, through Mitrovic pulling Sean Morrison down, but the referee didn’t give it and gave a free-kick the other way. Newcastle have now won seven in a row in the league, but they did get a run for they’re money. This will possibly be Cardiff’s toughest game of the season, so there is no cause for concern.
Next up is the international break, but after that Cardiff will be playing third-placed Huddersfield at home. Hopefully it will be a positive result.