Cardiff have been relegated from the Premier League after a single season, with defeat at Newcastle sending the Welsh side back to the Championship.

Newcastle, who had lost their previous six games, took the lead through Shola Ameobi's first-half header.

A sizeable number of Magpies fans walked out after 69 minutes in protest at the running of the club.

They missed a brief rally from Cardiff before late goals from Loic Remy and Steven Taylor sealed their fate.

Newcastle's rotten recent form was partly behind the open mutiny from their fans, but the supporters who stayed until the end were able to celebrate what turned out to be a comfortable victory.

Newcastle 3-0 Cardiff: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ready for the Championship

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 2-1 at St James' Park in his first game in charge of the Bluebirds - an FA Cup tie in January - but his side never seriously looked capable of staging a repeat.

Solskjaer has picked up just 12 points in his 17 league matches in charge and his side's deficiencies at both ends of the pitch were clear to see.

Fraizer Campbell missed a good early chance to put the visitors ahead, scuffing his shot wide after Tim Krul made a hash of Fabio's cross.

But Newcastle were already looking far more dangerous, with Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy facing little resistance as they staged repeated raids down the right.

Remy saw one effort blocked from a Sissoko cross, before Debuchy advanced from right-back and flashed in a shot that David Marshall pushed away.

Cardiff's lack of clean sheets

Cardiff have kept only seven clean sheets in 37 top-flight games this season, the lowest number in the Premier League. The Bluebirds have had problems in attack too - failing to score in 19 of those games.

From the resulting corner, Debuchy saw Marshall claw his header onto the bar but there was no stopping Ameobi's far-post header after more good work by Sissoko.

The French midfielder made his side's first goal with a precise cross and twice almost extended their lead, seeing first a shot and then a cross deflected against the woodwork.

Cardiff's best hope of a reply seemed to lie with Wilfried Zaha but the on-loan Manchester United forward was denied by Krul's outstretched leg after a mazy run and faded after the break.

In truth, there was little fight from Zaha's team-mates either and Cardiff looked like dropping out of the top-flight with a whimper until Kenwyne Jones came off the bench with 17 minutes to go.

By then, with their relegation rivals Sunderland leading Manchester United at Old Trafford, the Bluebirds needed a win to keep their survival hopes alive until the final day.

Jones had an immediate impact, forcing a point-blank stop from Krul, but Cardiff's frustration continued when Fabricio Coloccini somehow cleared Aron Gunnarsson's shot off the line with his keeper beaten.

Newcastle fans protesting over the running of the club

Many home fans had already departed by then, after another public display of displeasure against club owner, Mike Ashley, and manager Alan Pardew.

Ashley was not present but Pardew, back in the home dug-out for the first time since 1 March after a ban, was given something to smile about before the end.

Remy was left alone to slot home from six yards with three minutes left and Taylor completed the scoring from even closer after Remy's header was saved.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on the Magpies fans' protests:

"It is understandable. We had gone so long without winning and they are very frustrated. They want to see us challenging at the top of the league.

Newcastle 3-0 Cardiff: Alan Pardew understands fan abuse

"That is difficult with the finances that we have, but we have got the chance in the summer to hopefully to bring in some quality players and try to get into the top five or six.

"We are all frustrated. But I have to take my hat off to the players because the environment was very, very tough for them and they showed tremendous character. It was that depth of character that we needed."

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Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 26 Debuchy Booked
  • 36 Dummett (Haidara - 45' )
  • 24 Tioté
  • 06 Williamson
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 08 Anita (Taylor - 79' )
  • 23 Ameobi
  • 14 Remy
  • 11 Gouffran (Gosling - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 15 Gosling
  • 18 de Jong
  • 19 Haidara
  • 21 Elliot
  • 27 Taylor
  • 43 Armstrong

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 35 Fabio (Wolff Eikrem - 86' )
  • 42 John
  • 18 Mutch
  • 04 Caulker
  • 06 Turner
  • 36 Zaha
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 10 Campbell (Jones - 73' )
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 13 Kim Bo-kyung (Bellamy - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Jones
  • 15 Wolff Eikrem
  • 19 Cowie
  • 25 McNaughton
  • 32 Lewis
  • 34 Berget
  • 39 Bellamy
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 50,239

Match Stats

Shots

22 16

On target

6 3

Corners

10 6

Fouls

9 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0.

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0.

90:00 +2:25

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by David Marshall.

90:00 +2:23

Attempt saved. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Fabricio Coloccini.

90:00 +1:44

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Steven Taylor.

90:00 +0:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 3, Cardiff City 0. Steven Taylor (Newcastle United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Loïc Remy following a corner.

90:00 +0:19

Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Gosling with a cross.

89:36

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ben Turner.

89:34

Attempt blocked. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

86:52 Goal scored

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

86:49

Attempt blocked. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

85:45

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

85:45

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

85:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Magnus Wolff Eikrem replaces Fabio.

84:22

Attempt blocked. Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:01

Offside, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham tries a through ball, but Craig Bellamy is caught offside.

80:43

Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:43

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

78:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Steven Taylor replaces Vurnon Anita.

77:35

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

77:33

Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Debuchy with a through ball.

77:21

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:21

Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

75:54

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left following a corner.

75:28

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

75:25

Attempt blocked. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

75:08

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

74:56

Attempt saved. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson with a headed pass.

73:25

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

72:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Fraizer Campbell.

70:41

Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:41

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

69:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Dan Gosling replaces Yoan Gouffran.

67:55 Booking

Booking Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:48

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United).

67:48

Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:48

Offside, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.

63:46

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

63:17

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

63:17

Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:48

Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bellamy.

61:19

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

60:30

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

60:30

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

59:56

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.

59:55

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

56:13

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ben Turner.

56:09

Attempt blocked. Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

55:36

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

52:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:35

Delay in match Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

50:23

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

50:23

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

49:20

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Massadio Haidara.

46:54

Attempt missed. Ben Turner (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

46:53

Attempt blocked. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

46:27

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Vurnon Anita.

45:00

Second Half begins Newcastle United 1, Cardiff City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Massadio Haidara replaces Paul Dummett.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Bellamy replaces Kim Bo-Kyung.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Cardiff City 0.

41:25

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

39:47

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a set piece situation.

39:22

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

39:22

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:23

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

38:23

Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:18

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

35:18

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:30

Attempt missed. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

31:48

Attempt missed. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

31:08

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

29:04

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

28:41

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tim Krul.

28:37

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Caulker.

26:16

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:16

Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

25:38

Attempt missed. Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordon Mutch with a cross.

24:40

Hand ball by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

21:19

Attempt blocked. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

19:11

Attempt blocked. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Loïc Remy.

18:50

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fabio.

17:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 1, Cardiff City 0. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

16:09

Attempt saved. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Vurnon Anita with a cross.

15:36

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by David Marshall.

15:32

Attempt saved. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

13:23

Attempt blocked. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:48

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:48

Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

11:59

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran following a corner.

11:12

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

8:05

Attempt blocked. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:21

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

7:21

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

7:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

5:57

Delay in match Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

5:16

Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

1:17

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Loïc Remy with a cross following a corner.

0:42

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fabio.

0:41

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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