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Summary

  1. Atsu and Hayden with second-half goals for Newcastle
  2. Magpies now one behind leaders Brighton
  3. Newcastle were promoted to Premier League on Monday

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By Phil Shepka

All times stated are UK

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FT: Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

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Cliche time!

Newcastle have thrown down the gauntlet to Brighton in the race for the Championship title with a victory courtesy of two excellent goals.

You can follow Brighton's bid for the title with against Bristol City with us here on the BBC Sport website, alongside all the rest of the weekend's EFL action.

Thanks for following tonight's live coverage and goodnight.

'I'm always confident'

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Newcastle United's first goalscorer Christian Atsu told Sky Sports: "I always want to take free-kicks. I'm always confident. 

"We wanted to win because we wanted to put pressure on Brighton. We'll watch their game tomorrow and are expecting something good for us. 

"The manager Rafael Benitez gives me a lot of confidence, he comes to the line during the match and tries to encourage me."

'We're on the up'

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Newcastle United goalscorer Isaac Hayden told Sky Sports: "The first half wasn't the best, it was a bit flat. Second half we came out and played our best. 

"The manager's been fantastic since he's come in, everyone's worked really hard, we're on the way up now and hopefully we can kick on in the Premier League."

FULL-TIME - Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

This is the feeling you get when you help to keep your side in the Championship title race.

Isaac Hayden
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Two second-half goals and three points for Newcastle. They're only one behind the leaders.

Over to you, Brighton...

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

Joe Ralls wants handball for blocking an effort at goal, but he's not getting it.

Then Newcastle sub Jamie Sterry goes down the other end and strikes wide of goal when he could have passed.

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

We're into three minutes of added time.

Newcastle continue to keep the ball away from Cardiff until Anthony Pilkington comes forward and unleashes a strike a goal. It's high and wide.

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

Jonjo Shelvey is being roundly booed every time he gets the ball, but it doesn't distract as he fires from the edge of the area straight at the keeper.

Newcastle make a change, taking off Ayoze Perez for local boy Jamie Sterry.

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

The death knell of any game is the sound of 'Ole' from fans.

Newcastle are playing keep ball. Their fans are enjoying it. Why shouldn't they I guess?

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Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

After that period of total Cardiff dominance, Newcastle calm things down before Aleksandar Mitrovic - not usually a man of calm - takes aim from the edge of the area, but it is deflected into the hands of the keeper.

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

Cardiff midfielder Craig Noone isn't having a good half.

He takes a free-kick in a position of real danger on the right, but floats it over everyone. Waste.

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

Cardiff are on top now as Anthony Pilkington puts in a really dangerous cross, but Kenneth Zohore gets under the ball, missing it totally.

YELLOW CARD

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Jazz Richards is a lucky boy.

He could be walking for a nasty lunge from behind on Newcastle goalscorer Christian Atsu, but the referee cautions Richards instead.

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

Craig Noone misses another chance at the back post for Cardiff and the opportunities missed are mounting up...

Kenneth Zohore's cross goes across the face of goal, reaching the onrushing Noone, who fired miles over.

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

Jazz Richards and Christian Atsu
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Looking at replays again, Newcastle may feel aggrieved not to have had a penalty when Jazz Richards pushed Christian Atsu with both hands in the area.

Atsu did go down rather easily though.

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

Great work down the right for Newcastle sets Aleksandar Mitrovic free in the area, but his effort is saved by the legs of Allan McGregor.

Match. Sprung. Life.

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Newcastle's opening goalscorer Christian Atsu is getting plenty of appreciation on social media...

Andrew Neill: I don't know how many players Rafa Benitez will sign this summer but surely Atsu should be one of them.

SJ McNab: Atsu hit that free-kick so carefully. Looked more like a chipped pitch at The Masters.

SUBSTITUTION

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End-to-end stuff as now Cardiff forward Kenneth Zohore heads over.

Then, to a chorus of boos, Newcastle bring on former Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for Jack Colback.

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Cardiff captain Sean Morrison is in the debt of his goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who dealt with his weak header back before Aleksandar Mitrovic can get there.

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

Newcastle are pressing for a third here, as Sean Morrison has to be at his best to head away a dangerous DeAndre Yedlin cross away from Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Soon after, goalscorer Christian Atsu comes close to his second of the evening, striking just wide from the edge of the area.

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Bruno Ecuele Manga comes so close to reducing Cardiff's deficit from a corner, but can only head off target.

SUBSTITUTION

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

Daryl Murphy, who I have barely mentioned tonight, has been replaced up front by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Hayden strikes from distance

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Isaac Hayden has scored his first goal since August and what a way to do it.

The Newcastle midfielder sizes up from a full 30 yards out, and with little backlift, fires into the left-hand corner of the net with Allan McGregor totally unmoved.

Brighton may still have work to do in this title race.

GOAL Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle

Isaac Hayden

What a hit, son.

Isaac Hayden
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SUBSTITUTION

Cardiff 0-1 Newcastle

Is this the last time Peter Whittingham will grace the Cardiff pitch as a home player?

Whittingham is replaced by Anthony Pilkington, while Joe Ralls comes on for Greg Halford in a double substition.

Cardiff 0-1 Newcastle

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If ever a moment of brilliant skill was to lift a tame affair, that free-kick from Christian Atsu was it.

It was struck with an almost lazy nonchalance, clipping the ball casually over the wall and leaving Allan McGregor helpless in the Cardiff goal.

As you might expect, the sizeable contingent of travelling Newcastle fans are loving life at the moment.

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Cardiff 0-1 Newcastle

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Aron Gunnarsson fooled us all. 

Instead of going long, he went short to Jazz Richards, but Richards cross is, well, long.

Christian Atsu goes down the other end and fires over after a 30-yard run. He's got his tail up.

Cardiff 0-1 Newcastle

Newcastle fans have found the voice that they lost at some point in the early hours of Tuesday morning amidst the promotion celebrations - poking fun at the position of Sunderland in the Premier League.

On the pitch, not an awful lot to report, other than an Aron Gunnarsson throw in to come...

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Newcastle are on top now and Ayoze Perez dribbles though the Cardiff defence, only to overrun the ball when he looked to be in on goal.

Atsu free-kick puts Newcastle ahead

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Christian Atsu - take a bow.

He may have gone over easily for the foul, but picks himself up, and manages to get the ball over the wall, before it dips and curls into the top corner.

A moment of quality in a drab affair, and one that keeps the title race alive.

GOAL Cardiff 0-1 Newcastle

Christian Atsu

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Cardiff 0-0 Newcastle

Sean Morrison gives away such a soft free-kick on the edge of the area, when he bundles over Christian Atsu.

It's central and just on the edge, and I mean just.

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The game is finally opening up and Mohamed Diame strides forward for Newcastle before teeing up Ayoze Perez, whose strike is blocked by Jazz Richards.

Cardiff then go down the other end with a similar move and this time Isaac Hayden blocks an effort from Kenneth Zohore.

Zohore then went down in the area, to very faint appeals. The ref doesn't hear them.

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That's the best chance of the game so far, and it's fallen to the former Brighton man Craig Noone.

Joe Bennett's ball into the middle falls to a free Noone at the back post, but scuffs the ball wide. A bit more composure from the Cardiff player and he would have scored.

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DeAndre Yedlin is making strides down the right for Newcastle, charging forward to get on the end of a cross-field ball, but his header into the middle doesn't reach a team-mate.

Daryl Murphy has barely figured up front for Newcastle so far tonight.

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Gareth Evans: If Swansea go down, I wouldn't mind Llorente or Sigurdsson for Newcastle.

Ned: Desperately need another midfielder to replace Peter Whittingham, who I expect to leave. Someone like Josh Morris of Scunthorpe.

Morris has scored 20 goals from midfield for Scunthorpe this season, and has helped them into the League One play-offs.

KICK-OFF

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Jack Colback gets us back under way. Let's hope the second half is better than the first, put it that way.

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Sunday's League One finale

One of these two managers will be smiling on Sunday, having guided his League One club into the Championship.

Will it be Bolton's Phil Parkinson?

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Saturday's EFL action

Is time running out for Birmingham City?

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Harry Redknapp's first game in charge of Blues ended in a derby defeat by Aston Villa on Sunday, which left them two points above the Championship relegation zone.

The two remaining relegation places are currently filled by Wigan and Blackburn, who could both have their respective fates sealed on Saturday, but five other clubs could still be dragged into the bottom three.

We'll have every twist and turn covered in our dedicated EFL live text service, which you can follow on the BBC Sport website and app from 14:00 BST.

HT: Cardiff 0-0 Newcastle

While we take a well-earned break from the match in Wales, let's draw your attention to a pivotal weekend in the English Football League, and how you can follow it all with the good people of BBC Sport.