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Cardiff   0 - 1   Newcastle

Cardiff v Newcastle

Cardiff City 0-1 Newcastle United (UK users only)

Newcastle United climbed back to the top of the Championship after ending Cardiff's unbeaten home start at the new Cardiff City Stadium.

Fabricio Coloccini grabbed the game's only goal on 18 minutes with a header when the home side had failed to clear the danger from a corner.

Cardiff did press the Magpies but were unable to create any clear-cut chances, Gavin Rae coming closest with a volley.

Newcastle ended with 10 men after Alan Smith received a second yellow late on.

It was an unfortunate end for captain Smith who was otherwise excellent in front of the Magpies defence, which has now kept clean sheets in five consecutive league wins.

Unbeaten Newcastle began the weekend top of the Championship but victories for West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough on Saturday saw them drop to third going into Sunday's clash in south Wales.

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They got off to the best possible start though, against a Cardiff side who had scored seven goals without reply in their two league games at the Cardiff City Stadium - three of them from eight-goal top scorer and Tyneside native Michael Chopra.

Ryan Taylor's 18th-minute corner was palmed away by keeper David Marshall, but only as far as Coloccini.

The £10.3m Argentine international then sent the ball back out to Taylor on the right and positioned himself well to meet the return delivery six yards out to head home.

For Newcastle it was then all about shutting up shop and holding firm as Cardiff responded positively.

They did just that and the Bluebirds found it difficult to unlock a solid Magpies defence.

Much was expected from Michael Chopra (right) against his hometown club
Michael Chopra (right) failed to find the net against his hometown club

Cardiff's best chance came on 27 minutes when Joe Ledley sent a ball over the top to Chopra, who managed to sneak in behind the Magpies defence.

The Championship's top scorer unselfishly cut back to Gavin Rae but he could only volley over from 10 yards under pressure.

Cardiff continued to press for an equaliser after the break but lacked ideas in a scrappy affair.

They did have a shout for a penalty in the closing stages when Chris Burke robbed Jose Enrique and picked out Chopra in the box, whose shot was blocked by the arm of Steven Taylor as the defender threw himself at the ball.

But Dave Jones' men could have little complaints about their second successive defeat after wasting a host of free-kicks in good positions.

The best of those came two minutes into injury time when Smith picked up his second booking for a foul on Jay Bothroyd in the Newcastle 'D'.

Chopra stepped up, but again could not get the ball through the mass of bodies and Newcastle held out for the win.


Cardiff manager Dave Jones:

"We made the mistake in the first half and probably the only mistake in the whole game which has cost us.

"When you play top teams, that's what happens. They are one of the top teams in this division and I can't remember anything they had to do.

"Maybe we needed a little bit more better quality in our crosses and maybe better quality in our free kicks and around the area."

Newcastle acting manager Chris Hughton:

"These are very tough games for us, but we limited Cardiff to only a few chances throughout the game.

"I think Alan Smith was very unlucky to be sent off, and possibly his reputation went before him.

"He is in the thick of most things in the centre of midfield, and that is probably why he is singled out more than others.

"The games are coming thick and fast, but we now have to maintain the impetus as we have started well. It will be a few weeks before we know exactly how we are doing."


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Sunday, 13 September 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cardiff 0-1 Newcastle FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Coloccini 18

    Cardiff

    • 01 Marshall
    • 05 Hudson
    • 14 Quinn
    • 15 Gerrard
    • 04 Rae
    • 07 Whittingham (Etuhu 67)
    • 11 Burke
    • 12 Capaldi
    • 16 Ledley
    • 08 Chopra
    • 09 Bothroyd

    Substitutes

    • 20 Enckelman,
    • 06 Gyepes,
    • 03 Kennedy,
    • 10 McPhail,
    • 18 Taiwo,
    • 27 Matthews,
    • 17 Etuhu

    Newcastle

    • 01 Harper
    • 02 Coloccini
    • 03 Jose Enrique yellow card
    • 12 Simpson
    • 27 Taylor
    • 04 Nolan
    • 07 Barton (Geremi 86)
    • 08 Guthrie yellow card (Lovenkrands 61)
    • 17 Smith yellow card, red card
    • 16 Taylor (Butt 76)
    • 30 Ranger

    Substitutes

    • 26 Krul,
    • 28 Kadar,
    • 20 Geremi,
    • 22 Butt,
    • 25 LuaLua,
    • 11 Lovenkrands,
    • 42 Donaldson
    Ref: HallAtt: 25,630
    CARDIFF
    NEWCASTLE

    Possession

    • Cardiff 47%
    • Newcastle 53%

    Attempts on target

    • Cardiff 14
    • Newcastle 2

    Attempts off target

    • Cardiff 2
    • Newcastle 0

    Corners

    • Cardiff 7
    • Newcastle 6

    Fouls

    • Cardiff 11
    • Newcastle 20
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:06 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+1:21 Strike on goal comes in from Michael Chopra from the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:21 Sent off The referee sends off Alan Smith for second bookable offence.
    • 90:00+1:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Alan Smith.
    • 89:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Chopra by Nicky Butt. Tony Capaldi takes the direct free kick.
    • 89:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Lovenkrands on Paul Quinn. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:32 Substitution Geremi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joey Barton.
    • 85:00 Jay Bothroyd decides to take a short corner.
    • 82:01 Foul by Michael Chopra on Nicky Butt, free kick awarded. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
    • 81:21 Michael Chopra takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in.
    • 80:17 Foul by Joe Ledley on Peter Lovenkrands, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Nicky Butt.
    • 75:28 Substitution Nicky Butt is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Taylor.
    • 74:46 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Taylor, save by David Marshall.
    • 71:47 Joey Barton challenges Jay Bothroyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Burke produces a cross, Header by Jay Bothroyd from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 69:47 Sanchez Jose Enrique fouled by Jay Bothroyd, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Taylor, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
    • 68:47 Tony Capaldi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nile Ranger. Free kick taken by Danny Simpson.
    • 68:10 Chris Burke takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
    • Correction - 66:27 Substitution Kelvin Etuhu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Peter Whittingham.
    • Correction - 66:27 Inswinging corner taken by Joe Ledley.
    • 66:27 Substitution (Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Kelvin Etuhu coming on for Peter Whittingham.
    • 66:27 Corner taken right-footed by Peter Whittingham.
    • 65:54 Paul Quinn takes the direct free kick.
    • 65:54 Booking Alan Smith is shown a yellow card.
    • 65:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Smith on Anthony Gerrard.
    • 63:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nile Ranger by Anthony Gerrard. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Taylor.
    • 61:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Smith on Jay Bothroyd. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jay Bothroyd, Joey Barton gets a block in.
    • 60:44 Substitution Peter Lovenkrands comes on in place of Danny Guthrie.
    • 59:34 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Taylor, save made by David Marshall.
    • 57:57 Jay Bothroyd fouled by Alan Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Tony Capaldi crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 56:58 Jay Bothroyd is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 54:49 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Burke, save by Steve Harper.
    • 53:37 Unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie by Gavin Rae results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 53:20 Michael Chopra takes a shot. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
    • 52:37 Unfair challenge on Anthony Gerrard by Danny Guthrie results in a free kick. Anthony Gerrard takes the direct free kick.
    • 49:00 Alan Smith challenges Michael Chopra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony Capaldi takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:03 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+0:47 Foul by Danny Guthrie on Michael Chopra, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Michael Chopra from the free kick. Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.
    • 43:09 Direct free kick taken by Tony Capaldi.
    • 43:09 Booking Danny Guthrie is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 42:49 Foul by Danny Guthrie on Jay Bothroyd, free kick awarded.
    • 42:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Quinn on Nile Ranger. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
    • 41:01 Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Nolan.
    • 40:00 Michael Chopra fouled by Danny Simpson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
    • 38:41 Corner from right by-line taken by Peter Whittingham.
    • 37:28 A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, save made by Steve Harper.
    • 35:17 Nile Ranger challenges Paul Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Marshall takes the free kick.
    • 34:43 Jay Bothroyd is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:50 Peter Whittingham produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Alan Smith. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the left by-line, save by Steve Harper. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Peter Whittingham.
    • 32:50 Booking Sanchez Jose Enrique is given a yellow card.
    • 32:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
    • 32:18 Joe Ledley takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Nolan.
    • 29:42 Unfair challenge on Gavin Rae by Danny Guthrie results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Hudson.
    • 29:14 Shot by Michael Chopra from 20 yards. Comfortable save by Steve Harper.
    • 27:58 Foul by Michael Chopra on Fabricio Coloccini, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 26:34 Shot from deep inside the area by Gavin Rae clears the bar.
    • 26:02 Nile Ranger is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Anthony Gerrard.
    • 24:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Fabricio Coloccini. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Peter Whittingham from right channel.
    • 24:05 Joey Barton challenges Joe Ledley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Gerrard.
    • 21:40 Joe Ledley concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 20:58 Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke, Nile Ranger manages to make a clearance.
    • 18:36 Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Jay Bothroyd results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 17:05 Assist on the goal came from Ryan Taylor.
    • 17:05 GOAL - Fabricio ColocciniCardiff 0 - 1 Newcastle Fabricio Coloccini finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Cardiff 0-1 Newcastle.
    • 16:27 Ryan Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Tony Capaldi. Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Taylor.
    • 15:37 Joe Ledley takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in.
    • 14:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Nile Ranger. Strike comes in from Peter Whittingham from the free kick.
    • 14:08 Foul by Joey Barton on Chris Burke, free kick awarded. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
    • 13:52 Michael Chopra is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 12:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Chopra on Fabricio Coloccini. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 8:50 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Taylor, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
    • 8:16 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Taylor.
    • 3:41 Unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Alan Smith results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Peter Whittingham, save made by Steve Harper.
    • 2:02 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Taylor from the left by-line, Tony Capaldi manages to make a clearance.
    • 1:07 The referee penalises Kevin Nolan for handball. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 13 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 6 8 16
    2 West Brom 6 6 14
    3 Middlesbrough 6 8 13
    4 Preston 6 7 12
    5 Sheff Utd 6 5 12
    6 Leicester 6 2 11
    7 Bristol City 6 0 11
    8 Cardiff 6 6 10
    9 Sheff Wed 6 5 9
    10 Watford 6 1 9
    11 Coventry 6 -1 8
    12 Blackpool 6 2 7
    13 QPR 6 0 7
    14 Doncaster 6 0 7
    15 Derby 6 -1 7
    16 Nottm Forest 6 -2 6
    17 Reading 6 -3 6
    18 Scunthorpe 6 -6 6
    19 Crystal Palace 6 -5 5
    20 Swansea 6 -5 5
    21 Peterborough 6 -4 3
    22 Plymouth 6 -7 2
    23 Ipswich 6 -7 2
    24 Barnsley 6 -9 1



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