• English Barclays Premier League
  • 29 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Villa Park
  • Attendance: 30,334
Aston VillaAston VillavNewcastleNewcastle
  • Benteke, pen 49
  • Cissé, 19
  • Cabaye, 31

live commentary


89 mins:Villa's attacks are getting more and more frantic as the seconds tick by.

88 mins:Yet another yellow card - this time for Ameobi after he'd clattered into Vlaar.

87 mins:Weimann has been absolutely superb since coming on at the interval.

85 mins:The two halves could not have been more different. Villa have been excellent in the second half after being appalling in the opening 45 minutes.

82 mins:Taylor clears the ball off the line after Gutierrez had blocked Baker's header.

81 mins:Agbonlahor picks up the sixth booking of the evening.

80 mins:Newcastle appear to have stopped Villa's momentum but that could all change as we enter the last ten minutes.

78 mins:Another recent Newcastle signing, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, replaces Sissoko.

75 mins:Lowton is booked for fouling Santon.

74 mins:Benteke is caught offside as the Belgian tries to get on the end of Matthew Lowton's cross.

73 mins:Newcastle bring on Vurnon Anita for Gouffran.

72 mins:Weimann has looked very good since coming on - in contrast to Bent who was anonymous.

70 mins:Newcastle make a first change as James Perch is replaced by Shola Ameobi.

69 mins:Debuchy is fouled by Nathan Baker. A fourth yellow card of the evening is awarded to the Villa man.

68 mins:Weimann and Agbonlahor have revitalised Villa although a string of free-kicks have taken the sting out of the match for the time being.

66 mins:Newcastle are trying to slow the game down but Villa remain on top.

64 mins:Benteke is shown a yellow card for his foul on Sissoko.

62 mins:Krul is forced to make yet another fine stop, this time to keep Weimann's effort out.

60 mins:Villa are playing as though their lives depend on it. Newcastle are rattled and are on the rack now.

58 mins:N'Zogbia goes close to grabbing an equaliser as his shot ruffles the side-netting.

55 mins:Villa are transformed. Quite what they were playing at in the first half is a mystery.

52 mins:Jonas Gutierrez picks up a booking as the volume levels rise at Villa Park.

49 mins:ASTON VILLA 1-2 NEWCASTLE UNITED. BENTEKE nets his penalty. Game on.

48 mins:Penalty to Villa as Debuchy upends Agbonlahor.

48 mins:What a start to the second half by Villa as Tim Krul has to make two fine stops to deny Weimann and Benteke.

46 mins:...while Gabriel Agbonlahor comes on for Joe Bennett.

46 mins:Lambert has made two chages for the second half, Bent makes way for Weimann...

46 mins:Villa get the second 45 minutes underway.


44 mins:There's no signs of life from Villa who have been thoroughly abject in the first 45 minutes.

42 mins:A frustrated N'Zogbia is booked for his foul on Cabaye.

40 mins:The home side have been completely outclassed in the first half tonight by a team that has had problems of their own in the last few weeks.

38 mins:Villa may be low on confidence but this first-half display must rank as one of their worst of a dismal season.

36 mins:There really doesn't seem to be any way back for Villa in this game, or for the rest of the season, without major surgery.

34 mins:Cabaye fires his free-kick straight into the Villa wall but it's Newcastle that continue to look the hungrier side.

32 mins:The away fans are in full voice as surely they are going to see their side win away from St James' Park for the first time this season.

30 mins:ASTON VILLA 0-2 NEWCASTLE UNITED. YOHAN CABAYE smashes a superb shot into the top corner of Guzan's net.

29 mins:Bent has barely had a kick this evening. On this form, Villa are going down. It's difficult to see many positives for them.

27 mins:Newcastle are looking impressive tonight and it's difficult to believe they have struggled so much of late.

25 mins:Joe Bennett is hurt after a challenge from Mathieu Debuchy but is able to run off the knock.

23 mins:Newcastle deserve their lead, they've been by far the better side in the first quarter.

21 mins:Charles N'Zogbia almost grabs an immediate equaliser, smashing his shot against Tim Krul's crossbar.

18 mins:ASTON VILLA 0-1 NEWCASTLE UNITED. The impressive Sissoko finds CISSE who clamly rolls his shot past Guzan.

18 mins:Guzan is forced to make the first smart save of the match to keep Davide Santon's 25-yard shot out.

17 mins:The ball appears to hit Fabricio Coloccini on the hand inside the penalty area but referee Mike Dean waves play on.

15 mins:Newcastle are really up for this game. They're playing at a high tempo and aren't letting Villa settle at all.

13 mins:Newcastle will be keen to score the goal that their early dominance deserves.

11 mins:Villa have handed the initiative to Newcastle virtually from the first whistle by playing very deep.

9 mins:Sissoko tries his luck from long range but his effort sails way over Brad Guzan's goal.

7 mins:Bent surges through the middle but can't quite latch on to Benteke's pass. Best move so far by Villa.

5 mins:Sissoko has made a very lively start for Newcastle, he looks as though he could be a good signing.

3 mins:It's the visitors, who have not won away all season, that have started the better.

1 mins:We're underway at a far from full Villa Park.

Paul Lambert's side are still reeling from last week's Capital One Cup and FA Cup exits while Newcastle are desperate for a win that will see them move clear of the bottom three.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hands debuts to two of his new signings Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara are on the bench while Steven Taylor returns after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Villa start with Christian Benteke and Darren Bent in attack with Andreas Weimann dropping to the bench.

Aston Villa host Newcastle United in what, even at this stage of the season, can be described as a relegation six-pointer.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 29 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Villa Park
  • Attendance: 30,334
Aston VillaAston VillavNewcastleNewcastle
  • Benteke, pen 49
  • Cissé, 19
  • Cabaye, 31

match report

Newcastle United resisted a valiant second-half fightback from Aston Villa to claim a first away win of the season with a 2-1 triumph at Villa Park.

The visitors controlled the first half and deservedly led 2-0 at the break thanks to fine goals from Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye.

Villa responded brilliantly in the second period, but although Christian Benteke pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, they were unable to force an equaliser and now drop into the bottom three.

Newcastle handed debuts to Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko and signalled their intentions with a high-tempo start in which they dominated both territory and possession.

Their energy was rewarded after 19 minutes, when Sissoko split the Villa defence with a divine threaded pass to Cisse, who took a touch before beating Brad Guzan with a low, right-footed shot.

The goal stunned Villa into life and although they remained second best, Charles N'Zogbia almost drew them level with a superb left-footed half-volley from 22 yards that cannoned back off the post.

But they soon found themselves 2-0 down after a moment of brilliance from Cabaye, who swept a brilliantly struck right-footed half-volley into the top corner from 25 yards.

Villa made two changes at the break, sending on Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann, and twice went close to pulling a goal back within seconds of the restart.

Weimann had the first, turning and letting a right-foot shot fly from 12 yards that Tim Krul did well to save, before Benteke drew a similarly smart stop from the Newcastle goalkeeper with a left-footer from just inside the box.

Villa's tails were suddenly up and they deservedly got on the score-sheet through Benteke's penalty after Agbonlahor went down easily in the box under a challenge from Mathieu Debuchy.

The hosts continued to push and it took another fine stop from Krul to deny Weimann's low drive after a fine cross-field pass from Benteke.

With Newcastle digging in, Villa forced one final chance, when Nathan Baker met a corner unmarked but saw his point-blank header blocked on the line.

team line-up

22Brad Guzan
4Ron Vlaar
32Nathan Baker
6Ciaran Clark
15Ashley Westwood
25Barry Bannan
10Charles N'Zogbia
27Joe Bennett45
34Matthew Lowton
20Christian Benteke
9Darren Bent45


7Stephen Ireland
30Eric Lichaj
14Brett Holman
26Andreas Weimann45
11Gabriel Agbonlahor45
21Jordan Bowery
1Shay Given


Mike Dean

team line-up

1Tim Krul
3Davide Santon
27Steven Taylor
26Mathieu Debuchy
2Fabricio Coloccini
14James Perch69
4Yohan Cabaye
7Moussa Sissoko80
18Jonás Gutiérrez
11Yoan Gouffran74
9Papiss Demba Cissé


8Vurnon Anita74
6Michael Williamson
13Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa80
28Sammy Ameobi
23Shola Ameobi69
20Gael Bigirimana
37Steve Harper


Mike Dean

match stats

possession %5148
shots on target53
shots off target55
tackles won1314