Put under pressure whenever Cardiff had set-pieces but showed bravery in coming to claim Whittingham’s centres 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.
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.
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 emphasising his ability to produce a dangerous ball.
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 sure of foot against the pace of Campbell, illustrated by a clumsy foul on the edge of the area.
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.
Ran the midfield for the hosts and constantly retained and recycled possession with impressive regularity. Tired as the game went on but still willed himself and his team-mates to press Cardiff to the final second.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Partnered Cisse up front as Newcastle went with two up top but still favoured 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 wised up to the playmaker.
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 equaliser.
Partnered Tiote in the centre 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.
Displayed the odd touch that would suggest that not all confidence has been drained from his game but still strayed offside and frustrated his team-mates and supporters with wayward passes and mishit shots. Had the last laugh though as he got on the scoresheet.
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.
Came on for the tiring Gouffran but didn’t get the opportunity to display his pace.
Came on after the Magpies went behind but couldn’t get into threatening positions.
On alongside Remy, the striker failed to conjure up a late chance
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