NEWCASTLE 1(Papiss Cisse 62) CARDIFF 2(Craig Noone 73, Frazier Campbell 80)
How apt, that in a competition built on the concept of romance, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would get off to a dream start.
In his first match in charge of Cardiff, he inspired his side to a thrilling 2-1 comeback win over Newcastle at St James’ Park yesterday to send his team into the FA Cup fourth round.
How appropriate, that the legendary Manchester United super-sub would engineer the victory with a couple of inspired substitutions.
The Magpies thought they had killed off the visitors’ resistance when Papiss Cisse broke the deadlock with a 62nd-minute goal.
But Solskjaer, who knows a thing or two about strength from the bench, got it spot on when his two substitutes Fraizer Campbell and Craig Noone scored a goal apiece to complete the remarkable turnaround.
Now, the challenge is to build on this momentum and lift his side away from their Premiership misery.
A run of just one win in 10 matches have left the Bluebirds 17th in the league, only one point away from the dreaded drop zone and four from bottom-placed Sunderland.
His predecessor Malky Mackay built a team on a no-frills foundation of industry and defensive discipline.
Cardiff fans must therefore have welcomed the sight of an attacking line-up in Solskjaer’s first match in charge