FRAIZER Campbell knocked Newcastle United out of the FA Cup this afternoon.
The former Sunderland striker scored in the 80th minute to give Cardiff City a 2-1 win at St James’s Park.
Newcastle had led the third-round tie thanks to a second-half goal from Papiss Demba Cisse.
But subsitute Craig Noone scored seconds after his introduction, and Campbell’s strike saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer make a winning start as Cardiff manager.
Newcastle have now lost all but one of their five FA Cup ties under Alan Pardew, who made seven changes for the game.
Cardiff, backed by 400 travelling fans, made the better start.
Visiting captain Mark Hudson had a header from a Guy Whittingham corner disallowed for a push, and Kevin McNaughton shot over Rob Elliot’s goal after being given too much time and space on the edge of the United box.
Pardew demanded more urgency from his team, and Vurnon Anita shot at Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall in the 17th minute.
A static Marshall, however, was beaten by a 25-yard effort from Hatem Ben Arfa in the 25th minute, but the forward’s shot cannoned back off the left-hand post.
And Ben Arfa, chopped down by Aron Gunnarson late in the first half, looked the only player capable of injecting some FA Cup magic into the tie.
A Gunnarson shot was palmed away for a corner by Elliot in first-half injury time, and the teams went into the break with the score still goalless.
Ben Arfa almost broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half. The ball was played up to Cisse, who laid if off to the 26-year-old, who broke into the box. Marshall got a firm hand to Ben Arfa’s fiercely-struck shot, and the ball went out for a corner.
Moussa Sissoko tested Marshall with a header, and Newcastle’s pressure finally told in the 62nd minute.
Gouffran played a fine ball over the top for Sissoko to run on to, and Cisse pounced from close range after Marshall saved the midfielder’s effort.
Gabriel Obertan replaced Gouffran for the last 27 minutes, while Solksjaer threw on Campbell.
Campbell struck the post with a 70th-minute shot, and Whittingham sent a free-kick over the bar as Cardiff pressed for an equaliser.
And they got one in the 73rd minute, when Noone beat Elliot from almost 30 yards seconds after replacing Peter Odemwingie.
Worse was to come for United 10 minutes from time.
Campbell lost his marker to head home from a corner and put Cardiff 2-1 ahead.
Pardew threw on Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi for Sissoko and Cisse in the 85th minute.
But they couldn’t make an impact, and Newcastle made yet another early exit from the FA Cup.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Santon, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara; Tiote, Anita; Ben Arfa, Sissoko (Remy, 85), Gouffran (Obertan, 63); Cisse (Shola Ameobi, 85). Subs not used: Alnwick, Dummett, Williamson, Sammy Ameobi.
CARDIFF CITY: Marshall; McNaughton, Hudson, Turner, John; Whittingham, Kim (Smith, 79), Gunnarsson, Cowie; Odemwingie (Noone, 72), Cornelius (Campbell, 60). Subs not used: Lewis; Caulker, Brayford, Conway.
Goals: Cisse 62, Noone 73, Campbell 80
Bookings: Gunnarson 42, S Taylor 69, Ben Arfa 90
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe)
Attendance: 31,166 (400 Cardiff)
For reaction to this afternoon’s game, see Monday’s Gazette