Newcastle United recorded their first win in seven games as Cardiff City were relegated at St James’ Park this afternoon. The game will most likely not be remembered for anything other than negative reasons though, as protests and walkouts from Geordie fans caught the attention rather than goals from Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Steven Taylor. As planned, hundreds of home fans walked out of the stadium in the 69th minute in protest against the current regime at their club. Alan Pardew was roundly booed every time he walked into his technical area, while Mike Ashley was not present but was also given his fair share of abuse. On the pitch, it was always going to be whoever started brightest that won the match. Cardiff needed the points to edge closer to Premier League survival, while Newcastle needed the win to avoid all-out war on their own hierarchy. The final score slightly flattered the home side, who decided to adopt the usual frustrating tactics of sitting on a slender half-time lead. Cardiff had chances to snatch a draw but eventually were undone by late goals from Remy and Taylor – a late treat for those who stayed to watch them. Fraizer Campbell had the chance to earn his side first blood after Tim Krul’s hopeless punch fell to the former Sunderland striker on the edge of the box. However, Campbell scuffed his volley with the goal gaping to let the Magpies off the hook. Newcastle had started brightly and looked dangerous down the right flank, with Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko catching the eye. The powerful midfielder supplied Remy with a cross in the opening minutes but the former Marseille striker was unable to apply the finishing touch for the 14th time this season. Sissoko’s advances were backed up by the ever-willing Debuchy, who stung the palms of Cardiff keeper David Marshall before forcing the Scotland international to turn his header onto the bar from the resulting corner. But just minutes later, the breakthrough came. More excellent work from Sissoko resulted in his inch-perfect cross floating over Marshall’s head and onto Ameobi’s, who made no mistake for his second goal in two home games. Sissoko was clearly up for the fight and almost doubled Newcastle’s lead later in the half. Tiote’s square pass was inviting and the former Toulouse man’s shot took a deflection before cracking off the post with Marshall beaten. Cardiff didn’t look threatening enough to warrant an equaliser but did have a chance towards the end of the half. On-loan Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha made light work of Debuchy’s challenge and advanced into the box, only to have his shot saved by Krul’s trailing leg. The home side emerged after the break and certainly looked to have lost their attacking impetus as Cardiff were invited back into the game. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who christened his Cardiff tenure with a win at St James’ Park in the FA Cup – threw on Kenwyne Jones shortly after many of Newcastle’s fans had left the stadium. Those that left didn’t see arguably the best piece of defensive play all season, as Jones’ shot came back off Krul into the path of Aron Gunnarsson. The Iceland international had an empty goal in front of him but Fabricio Coloccini dived in and deflected the shot away to keep Newcastle’s clean sheet intact. As Cardiff began to chase the game more frantically, chances on the counter attack became more common. Tiote burst into the penalty area and had a shot deflected into the path of Remy, who calmly slotted into the net. And just minutes later there was a final boost to finish off Newcastle’s home campaign, as Remy’s header was converted from close range by Steven Taylor – the first Englishman to score for the Magpies since Boxing Day 2012.