Newcastle United cast Cardiff City out of Premier League

Solskjaer in defiant mood despite failing to keep Welsh side in top flight
Aron Gunnarsson, centre, and Jordon Mutch, right, of Cardiff City look dejected during the Premier League match against Newcastle United at St James' Park on May 3, 2014. Matthew Lewis / Getty Images
Aron Gunnarsson, centre, and Jordon Mutch, right, of Cardiff City look dejected during the Premier League match against Newcastle United at St James' Park on May 3, 2014. Matthew Lewis / Getty Images

NEWCASTLE // Cardiff City joined Fulham in being relegated from the Premier League on Saturday, following a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United.

The defeat, coupled with Sunderland’s win at Manchester United, sent the Welsh club into the Championship after just one season in the top flight.

It was a day when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side spurned too many clear cut chances to keep their survival hopes alive, but he was in defiant mood.

He said: “You have just got to face the facts, don’t you? I face it head-on. I knew what I was coming into. I didn’t make the impact I hoped for and I believed in, but that will be something for me to chew on now for a little while.

“I am a warrior – I might not look like it here where I’m sitting, but I have had times in my football career when I was a player that were very disappointing. You have just got to stand up and fight for yourself and fight for what you believe in.”

His opposite number, Alan Pardew, vowed to battle on as Newcastle manager after being subjected to a torrent of abuse despite seeing his side end their six-game losing run.

The game was played out amid a tense atmosphere as home fans, several hundred of whom walked out at two pre-arranged points in the second half, aimed chants at Pardew and owner Mike Ashley.

Pardew, who was booed by a section of the crowd whenever he stepped out of the dugout, chose not to join the players on the pitch after the final whistle, but he refuses to be bowed.

He said: “Some of the criticism has been a little bit over the top. You have to accept that, unfortunately, when you lose six as a Newcastle manager. They are upset, they are angry – I understand that. I apologise to them for the last six games.”

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Published: May 3, 2014 04:00 AM

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