FA Cup 3rd Round: Newcastle United 1 Cardiff City 2, St James’ Park, 4/Jan/14, KO:3pm, Att: 31,166

by • January 4, 2014 • Match reportsComments (9)774

Our disgraceful record in domestic cup competitions under Ashley and Pardew continued PardewCardiff1as we limped out of the FA Cup at the first possible attempt against a struggling Cardiff side.  Changes were made from West Brom but we still started with a strong line up with only Elliot, Taylor and Haidara being what you would class as ‘squad players’ in the first XI.

The first half was dire with the atmosphere flat and neither side really getting into any sort of rhythm and we were lucky not to be one down inside ten minutes when they had a headed goal disallowed for what looked like a minimal push at the back post.  Only Ben Arfa seemed to have any sort of attacking intent for us and he came within a whisker of giving us the lead midway through the half, twisting and turning before curling a fierce shot back off the post from the edge of the box.  I understand the frustrations that some people have with him, I really do, but when the same people are getting their nuts out over (for example) Anita for his capability to play ‘tidy’ football, I find myself wondering what they are getting out of watching United or indeed football in general.

Nothing much happened for the rest of the half but we started the second half more brightly and for the fourth time in the last two home games, HBA hit the woodwork again, this time clipping the bar with a deflected shot after working a position in the area.  We took the lead on the hour with something of an odd goal.  Sissoko ran on to a Gouffran pass into the area but his shot was parried by the keeper straight into the path of the onrushing Cisse who dribbled it into the net without breaking stride.  Cisse looked visibly relieved and his confidence is clearly shot – there was a bouncing ball a few minutes beforehand just outside the area that 18 months ago he would have cracked home on the half volley from 30 yards but now you saw him weigh it up and think against it.  Shame.

From the goal onwards, we were absolutely hideous.  Bizarrely, Obertan came on for Gouffran in the immediate aftermath – Pardew was trying to bring him on at 0-0 lest we forget but was thwarted due to the goal itself and if our substitution raised groans, theirs won them the game.  After a couple of outrageous decisions from the referee Anthony Taylor, firstly booking his namesake Steven for an absolute non-challenge on the halfway line and then awarding a free kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the box after a Campbell dive that was fired just wide, got Cardiff’s ganders up and when Noone was introduced from the bench, he scored with virtually his first kick with a swerving effort from outside the box that proved too much for Elliott.  Who, by the way, is average at very best.

With Pardew salivating at the prospect of using the extra fixture that the replay would bring as an excuse at some point over the next four months, they pushed for the winner and got it ten minutes from time when Campbell headed in at the back post under very little pressure.  Remy and Shola were thrown on with minutes to go in a desperate last throw of the dice.  Well, it would have been desperate if we looked in any way arsed.  Other than Steven Taylor acting like a complete cunt, again, and wasting our time by mincing around in front of their keeper completely needlessly, whooped on by some impressionable teenagers in the Gallowgate.  Can we just get rid of him, please?  Anywhere will do, the man is an absolute penis.

We did have a golden chance to get a leveller late on when Obertan of all people burst into the box, put the ball on the plate for Cisse but he completely missed the ball from five yards out with the goal gaping.

The final whistle arrived in silence and was met with boos and the way in which we surrendered the game and any notion of success for another season was frankly disgraceful.  Let’s be completely blunt.  We won’t get relegated this season.  We absolutely won’t get ahead of any of the seven teams ahead of us in the league and as such won’t be qualifying for Europe.  We won’t sign anyone of note in January – why would we, we are in the ideal position for Ashley – comfortably plodding.  We probably will sell an ‘asset’ in this transfer window and it will probably be Cabaye.  Oh yes, and we won’t be winning a domestic trophy again.  The vast majority of the 31,000 in SJP have never seen us win anything and it would be a brave man who would predict that any of them actually will – they certainly won’t under this regime.

As for Pardew – he has zero goodwill with me and I’ll wager I’m not alone.

Depressing.

Keep the Faith

Newcastle United – Rob Elliott 5, Davide Santon 5, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 6, Steven Taylor 5, Massaido Haidara 5, Moussa Sissoko 5 (Loic Remy n/a), Chieck Tiote 6, Vurnon Anita 5, Yoan Gouffran 5 (Gabriel Obertan 5), HATEM BEN ARFA 6, Papiss Cisse 5 (Shola n/a)

Ref – Anthony Taylor – 3 – Three absolutely dreadful decisions in the space of ten minutes in the second half and just looked clueless.

Our Fans – 4 – Flat as a witches tit.  Although 10/10 for the owners of the ‘Neville Hope Mags’ flag in the Gallowgate with the picture of Nev and Brenda on it.  Absolute class that like.  The highlight of my afternoon infact.

Their Fans – 3 – One for every hundred that turned up

GARETH HARRISON 

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9 Responses to FA Cup 3rd Round: Newcastle United 1 Cardiff City 2, St James’ Park, 4/Jan/14, KO:3pm, Att: 31,166

  1. Ant says:

    I’ve already commented on another thread but I might as well repeat the congratulatory message: great consistency and well done the lads. At least nothing will stand in our way to stop us from conquering 11th place. Huzzah!!

  2. Big Geordie says:

    Hard to disagree with that. We had zero tempo and desire from the start, which was picked up by the crowd. No intention of winning the game today and I find that shameful. Ashley will be happy though, as he can now rub his hands with all of that extra PL cash coming in. Welcome to the new world of supporting Newcastle United. Zero ambition and zero hope.

  3. al says:

    Two club’s said the F.A cup wasn’t important us and Villa……..

  4. Davey says:

    Truly depressing stuff dished up yesterday and I’m afraid I broke my Ashley exile to attend so my daughter* could get to see her team play. There really is no point to NUFC under this regime of whom the manager is very much part of. Remember when the likes of Bob Wilson on football focus would talk of our ‘famous’ cup heritage? We’re now non-entities.

    *Who also asked why there was sportsdirect signs everywhere? That was a good question from an eight year old, why are they there again?

  5. johnl says:

    Problem is it will quickly be forgotten no one at club is bothered

  6. Tom Bates says:

    Some fans still trot out the cup doesnt matter line, sad…..

  7. Glenn Cleave says:

    I cannot disagree with that report. May I suggest you save it and use it again next years 3rd Round as other than the names, the outcome is likely to be the same. Once again I feel very let down by NUFC, but true lifelong fans are used to it aren’t we. Keep the Faith.

  8. Ant says:

    JohnL: I hope no one trots out that old line.
    The two domestic cups and the Europa League are the only chance to get some sort of silverware in this club. There can’t be a single fan out there who is not aware of this, can there?!

  9. John Milton says:

    All interest in the season finished, then? Nothing to look forward to (unless we make it exciting by getting ourselves down in the mucky end for a good old fashioned relegation scrap – always do the confidence good, don’t they?) Fuck it, the World Cup’s on this year. Is Rooney injured…?