Loic Remy scored twice as Newcastle defied Cardiff's second-half fightback to earn all three points.

The Magpies dominated early on and led thanks to Remy's two goals in the space of eight first-half minutes.

The France striker cut in to rifle home from 25 yards, and added a second with a cool finish.

Slow start cost Cardiff - Mackay

Cardiff improved after the break and Peter Odemwingie's low shot reduced the arrears, but they could not find an equaliser as Newcastle held on.

The win could ease the pressure on manager Alan Pardew, who had lost two league games in a row as part of a run of three wins from 23.

The Bluebirds, who have now lost their last eight games against the Magpies, had goalkeeper David Marshall to thank for keeping them in a game that saw the visitors dominate the first half.

Newcastle had too much pace and power for their hosts and looked like they could score at will. Marshall produced an instinctive left-handed stop to deny Remy's poke from the edge of the six-yard box.

The Scottish keeper did the same moments later when he tipped Moussa Sissoko's shot from outside the box over the bar.

But the visitors were not to be denied and Remy made it 1-0 when he turned inside and squeezed a right-foot shot just inside the post.

Multi-national Magpies

Newcastle's last 12 Premier League goals have all been scored by Frenchman. This is a joint record for most consecutive goals by one foreign nationality, level with Arsenal (also French players) in 2004.

Papiss Cisse's goal in a 1-0 win over Fulham on 7 April was the last scored by someone that is not French for the Magpies in the league.

The home side were hanging on under constant Newcastle pressure and fell 2-0 behind just before half-time.

Marshall saved Papiss Cisse's initial shot but the ball rebounded to Remy and the man on loan from Queens Park Rangers produced a calm finish from outside the box to double his tally.

The visitors could have had a third when Marshall was caught out as Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye's speculative free-kick hit the post.

City manager Malky Mackay introduced Jordon Mutch at half-time and 13 minutes later he delivered a square ball for Odemwingie to score his first league goal for his new club.

The England Under-21 midfielder gave Cardiff some much-needed creativity and he started to dictate the play as United struggled to defend their lead.

Pardew puzzled by Newcastle form

Cardiff's best chance to equalise fell to Mutch in the dying moments when he tried to chip Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul, but the Dutchman saved.

The home side kept pushing for the equaliser but Newcastle hung on to record a vital victory.

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay:

"We played against good players who punish you if you don't play for the whole game.

"They are a good team, with an experienced manager with footballers with international experience."

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew:

"I think it was an important win. On Monday night [against Everton] we let ourselves down as a group and we wanted to put it right.

"The first half was as good as I have seen us play, even going back to the year we finished fifth. We locked them in and we had a more offensive look to us.

"We did not play as well in the second half but we at least showed resilience that when the home team put pressure on us we can cope with it.

"I am pleased with how the whole group conducted themselves and how the players who were left out conducted themselves. It's been a good day for us."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 04 Caulker
  • 28 Théophile-Catherine
  • 03 Taylor
  • 06 Turner
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 13 Kim Bo-kyung (Mutch - 45' )
  • 08 Medel
  • 17 Gunnarsson Booked
  • 11 Odemwingie (Maynard - 81' )
  • 10 Campbell (Bellamy - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Hudson
  • 23 Maynard
  • 18 Mutch
  • 19 Cowie
  • 32 Lewis
  • 39 Bellamy
  • 16 Noone

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 06 Williamson
  • 26 Debuchy
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 03 Santon
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 24 Tioté
  • 04 Cabaye (Ben Arfa - 86' )
  • 11 Gouffran
  • 14 Remy (Gutiérrez - 71' )
  • 09 Cissé

Substitutes

  • 21 Elliot
  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 10 Ben Arfa
  • 36 Dummett
  • 28 Ameobi
  • 18 Gutiérrez
  • 08 Anita
Ref: Kevin Friend
Att: 27,538

Match Stats

Shots

8 20

On target

2 10

Corners

3 3

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Newcastle United 2.

90:00 +4:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Newcastle United 2.

90:00 +3:59

Attempt missed. Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordon Mutch with a headed pass.

90:00 +1:06

Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:06

Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United).

90:00 +0:34

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

90:00 +0:34

Cheik Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:33 Booking

Booking Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:24

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

89:24

Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Hatem Ben Arfa replaces Yohan Cabaye.

84:57

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City).

84:57

Davide Santon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:35

Attempt saved. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a through ball.

80:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Nicky Maynard replaces Peter Odemwingie.

79:47

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonás Gutiérrez.

77:57

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

77:57

Cheik Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:25

Attempt missed. Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Mathieu Debuchy with a headed pass following a corner.

71:56

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

70:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Jonás Gutiérrez replaces Loïc Remy.

69:09

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:09

Foul by Cheik Tioté (Newcastle United).

66:36

Attempt blocked. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

65:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Bellamy replaces Fraizer Campbell.

62:59

Attempt saved. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Loïc Remy with a through ball.

62:28

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

61:44

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:44

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United).

60:59

Hand ball by Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City).

59:29

Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

57:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 1, Newcastle United 2. Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordon Mutch with a through ball.

53:58

Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordon Mutch with a cross.

50:24

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

50:03

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

49:16

Offside, Newcastle United. Yohan Cabaye tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

49:14

Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

48:08

Offside, Cardiff City. David Marshall tries a through ball, but Peter Odemwingie is caught offside.

47:03

Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:03

Dangerous play by Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

46:33

Attempt saved. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:51

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

45:00

Second Half begins Cardiff City 0, Newcastle United 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Jordon Mutch replaces Kim Bo-Kyung.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Newcastle United 2.

44:31

Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:31

Foul by Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

42:13

Attempt missed. Cheik Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

42:06

Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from long range on the right from a direct free kick.

41:35

Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:35

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

40:06

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:06

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

39:20

Gary Medel (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:20

Foul by Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United).

37:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 0, Newcastle United 2. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

37:35

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye.

35:52

Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:52

Foul by Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

32:01

Attempt saved. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

29:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 0, Newcastle United 1. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko following a fast break.

28:49

Attempt missed. Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

27:56

Attempt blocked. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

27:08

Attempt missed. Gary Medel (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

26:15

Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mathieu Debuchy.

26:06

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:03

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Cheik Tioté.

22:52

Foul by Cheik Tioté (Newcastle United).

22:52

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

20:20

Delay in match Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

18:22

Cheik Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:22

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City).

17:37

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by David Marshall.

17:28

Attempt saved. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

17:10

Attempt blocked. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

17:08

Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Williamson.

16:29

Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:29

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

15:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

14:31

Delay in match Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

11:36

Attempt missed. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye.

10:21

Attempt missed. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Loïc Remy.

8:21

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

8:21

Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:50

Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).

6:50

Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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