Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 1 – Magpies Fight Back To Take Point


This was a good game between two well matched sides, and although Aston Villa took the lead after only 13 minutes through a nice goal from  Agbonlahor, Newcastle came storming back, and eventually equalized through that man Leon Best again after 57 minutes.

After the equalizer, the game was end to end,  but then Cabaye twice in the last five minutes almost scored to bring Newcastle a victory.

On 85 minutes he hit a wonder shot that had Shay Given somehow make a world class save, and then in injury time he was clear on the left a few yards from the goal, but   from a tight angle he put the ball over the bar.

Newcastle were even a little unlucky not to finally win this game, but the performance was so much better than last Monday night – it looked like it was two different teams, so a very good performance from the lads today.

Newcastle kicked off and the play initially was fairly even but Newcastle were passing the ball around well and after 6 minutes Yohan  Cabaye had a nice shot which just went side of Given’s left hand post.

And then Villa got the ball into Agbonlahor from the left wing, but Coloccini cleared immediately.  After 9 minutes Best tried to go through alone and he was brought down just outside the penalty box by Charles N’Zogbia, , but the free kick came to nothing.

After the first 10 minutes Newcastle had made a good start to the game, and certainly were playing some decent  free flowing football, and looked much better than they were at QPR.

But would you believe it, with Newcastle on top, Aston Villa scored, and a cross into the box had Agbonlahor tussling with Coloccini for it, but the Villa striker came away with the ball, with Coloccini falling, and Agbonlahor put the ball  past Krul after 13 minutes.

It was against the run of play, but both Coloccini and Krul could and should have done better, as the ball was hit under Krul’s body. But it was a terrific finish  by the England International who has been in excellent form this season.

Then Damba Ba had a great shot well saved by Shay Given, but the Senegal striker was marginally offside.

Tiote and Cabaye were playing well in midfield for the Magpies, and in particular Cheick Tiote was finally having a very good game, stroking the ball around for the Newcastle side.

But on 25 minutes Aston Villa should have been 2-0 up when a good run by Petrov down the left wing cut the Newcastle defense wide open,  and the Bulgarian laid it off on a plate for Darren Bent.

But the former Sunderland striker somehow missed an open goal from about six yards out,  as he hit the ball wide of Tim Krul’s right hand post.

And incredible let-off for Newcastle.

After 28 minutes a Cabaye corner from the right was met nicely on the volley by Steven Taylor, but unfortunately Shay Given made an excellent save to his left.

On 29 minutes Cabaye put Leon Best clean through with an incredible defense splitting pass, but Leon had ventured offside and the chance was lost.

But Newcastle continued to move forward and after 30 minutes a cross from the right wing from Danny Simpson got through to Gutierrez, who hit the half chance over the bar, and the Argentine should have done better.

Newcastle kept attacking ans were having more of the play and then on 35 minutes Gabriel Obertan made a dazzling run down the right wing, beating two men, and his cross reached Demba Ba, whose shot was deflected for a corner.  – an excellent move by Newcastle.

In the last 10 minutes of the half Newcastle were attacking Villa all the time, and were roared on by their fans, even though the lads were 1-0 down.

But half time came and Villa were still 1-0 ahead.

Newcastle played so much better than they did on Monday night, but as luck would have it, they were 1-0 down after 45 minutes, and if anything Newcastle shaded the first half but couldn’t put the ball into the back of the net, as Agbonlahor had done brilliantly for Aston Villa after only 13 minutes.

There were no changes made at the interval and then after a couple of minutes Agbonlahor almost got his seocnd when he was fed the ball by N’Zobia and the striker hit the ball just past Krul’s right had post.

And then on 50 minutes from a Bannan free kick from the left, Tim Krul held the ball well, and snuffed out the danger.

Newcastle were putting their passes together well and were playing some good football, but6 on 56 minutes bent stole the ball from Tiote and sped down the left wing but Krul plucked the left wing cross out of the air.

The on 57 minutes a snap shot from Cabaye had Shay Given beaten but the ball hit the cross bar, but only second later the cross came in from the right and found best unmarked six yards from the goal, but he headed straight at Given but then smashed the rebound home with his left foot.

That was Best’s third goal of the season and his 9th goal in his last 17 appearances for Newcastle, but Best got a yellow card for over celebrating – you cannot be happy when you score a goal these days.

On 67 minutes Demba Ba tried a snap shot but the ball flew straight to Given, who saved easily.

And then would you believe it, on 68 minutes Alan Pardew took Best off and brought Shola Ameobi on. That seemed  a very strange substitution by the Newcastle manager – to replace the player who has scored your last three goals over three games?

It was anybody’s game and it was good to see both sides attack each other,  as the play was to and fro, and then Villa went close when Marc Albrighton went clear down the left wing, and his cross was inches wide of Krul’s left hand post – that was close.

After 80 minutes Marveaux came on for Demba Ba and on 82 minutes a good Albrighton cross was well punched clear by Tim Krul.

Then on 85 minutes Sammy Ameobi came on for Gutierrez.

And then Newcastle   came close to winning this game twice, and it was French International Cabaye both times, who almost scored.

After 86 minutes Cabaye hit a wonder strike from 20 yards out that looked a certain goal, but somwhow Shay Given got  over to his right to block the shot – – but not many goalkeepers would have stopped that shot.

And then in injury time Cabaye ghosted in on the left in the penalty area and was free three yards out , but he hit his shot over the bar, when he probably should have crossed it low across the line.

With  those chances Newcastle could have had the winner,  but make no mistake about it, this was a very good performance from the lads, and they never dropped their heads once,  and in the end were just a little unlucky not to get all 3 points.

Teams:

Aston Villa (4-4-2): Shay Given; Alan Hutton, James Collins, Richard Dunne, Stephen Warnock; Barry Bannan, Stiliyan Petrov, Fabian Delph, Charles N’Zogbia; Gabriel Agbonlahor, Darren Bent
Substitutes: Brad Guzan, Chris Herd, Shane Lowry, Gary Gardner, Stephen Ireland, Marc Albrighton, Nathan Delfouneso

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi



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85 comments so far

  • Thump

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Can’t help but feel disappointed that we didn’t take all 3 points.

    Great performance, though.

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #2

    . . .and Tiote wasn’t booked!

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  • BASSKING-FUSE

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    The Cabaye Show

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  • Kris

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Krul 7 – Not much to do, but give the defenders some coolness!
    Simpson 7 – Played well, didnt let no-one pass him.
    S.Taylor 8 – Did very well, near scoring too. Won everything in the air.
    Coloccini 7 – Was unlucky to let Agbonlahor scoring, but was calm and good on the ball rest of the match.
    R.Taylor 7 – Was much better than last match, but bad on the free-kicks today.
    Obertan 7 – I think he was good today, but he should be using his pace more, we he does he is superb.
    Tiote 8 – Was showing he will be showing more of the form he had last season. Has to get off with the dangerous passes.
    Cabaye 9 – Outstanding. He was just missing the goal for the perfect match, with a NUFC win.
    Gutierrez 7 – Worked hard as he always to, but he should be attacking a bit more.
    Best 7 – Was good, linked up well with Ba. But why was he subbed for Shlowy Ameobi??
    Ba 7 – Showed he is nearing his good form as he had last season.

    Shola Ameobi -1 – He always trying to do all on his own, nothing he is useless to. Should be subbed after 1 minute.

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  • Andy

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Toto not booked. Good! haha. I know what you mean thump but like you said earlier if i’d been offered 1-1 i’d of taken in. Performance huge positive from that

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  • Thump

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #6

    @Andy: Definitely. If we could play at that level every game, we’d easily be challenging top 6.

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  • cheikmate

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #7

    9 points from 5 games chuffed !

    We have gained 5 more points compared to the exact same fixtures last year, definite improvement 🙂

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  • Andy

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Villa were also v poor. Don’t think they’ll do too well. Also Thump i’d agree but our squad is too thin for top 6 challenge. No reason we can’t top the rest of the table though. So if sunderland lose tomorrow stoke go ahead of us. Hoping for a draw? They go level with us then. Or do we want to see mackems struggling in relegation zone? haha

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  • niafron

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #9

    We strongly outmatched them. But it was difficult to break their defence. So still plenty of work.

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  • geist

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Great performance, shame we couldn’t find a winner though. By that performance though things are looking good, especially with HBA returning next week. Cabaye and HBA in the same team…. a mouthwatering prospect.

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  • the_besty_show

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #11

    What weve all been hoping for, cabaye and tiote click, mouthwatering, futures bright

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #12

    @Thump
    BBC says we had 54% possession and 13 attempts om target against their 3 – so perhaps we should have won.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d even go so far as saying we lost 2 points today.
    Aston Villa was the better team overall in the first half, but we took over in the 2nd half and we dominated completely as soon as we got our 5 man midfield.
    Ba looked a tiny bit sharper today.
    If we’re going with 2 up top, it has to be Ba and Best.

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  • will

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #14

    I think this game again underlined the facts that we miss a prolific goal scorer!

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  • beefman13

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Great point and we deserved the three, bit better from obertan but still in and out and no good balls in the box a bit like jonas, cabaye is fabulous, tiote was better, raylor is still just about doing a job but only just, come on davide get yourself fit and get back, no fergie in the squad and guthrie included that is a major bugbare for me, leon again 9/12 in the prem fantastic, colo n saylor v good again krul did not have much to do but did what he had to do, ba was ok, shola again got on for best how i dont know what hold he has on the hiarchy at the toon very strange, ben arfa coming back and him and cabaye linking today lads.

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  • Andy

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Blackburn at home next week. They are always a bogey team to us at SJP so hope we can change that

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  • camastoon

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #17

    given stopped us from getting 3 points like

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  • IPToon

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Best performance of the season. First time we have actually tried to pass the ball around instead of long ball and as we said Cabaye looked class and Tiote a lot better.

    Raylor did well today but it must be said their winger didnt run at him at all so it suited him as his pace wasnt exposed.

    Dissapointed to see Ameobi. I actually laughed when he got the ball down the right, played it about 5 metres in front to run on to and he just fell over lol i have gone beyond shouting at the screen, i now just laugh at him.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Shocker of the day has to be Blacburn vs Arsenal.
    I couldn’t belive my eyes…
    Tottenham and Arsenal in the 6 poorest, who’d thought that.

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  • niafron

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Lads, i’m impressed.

    You know how i see that: we will struggle until December, then, the play will improve.

    Well, it seem the guys decided to didn’t wail all that time!
    Shame we didn’t won, it would have been perfect for boosting team spirit.

    I wasn’t expecting that so early. Let’s hope they will keep going.

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  • joe

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #21

    I think we finally caught a glimpse of what Pardew is trying to do with the team – the attacking possession based football he was talking about. I feel that we could have won the game if we had someone who could beat his man within a small area. The ammount of times Ba got the ball near the goal at his feet.. if only there was someone who could turn and slip a through ball in or beat his marker and shoot himself… Anyone knows where im going with this? Yes Ben Arfa could be that man!!

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #22

    As i said on here before and i was’nt joking…cabaye looks alot like a fabregas

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Zoggy, 10m? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

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  • sparetheman

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Positives:
    – Cabaye had a great game. Villa’s midfield didn’t put much pressure on him and when he’s given space looks a quality player.
    – Ba’s definitely improving and looks good enough to keep Ameobi out of the team now hopefully.
    – Best scores again.
    – Good character from the whole team not to panic after going 1-0 and generally kept a good control on the game.

    Negatives:
    – Pardew’s substitutes – Shola coming on seemed to suck the life out of us and I personally wanted to see Marveaux come on a lot earlier than he did for Obertan.
    – Obertan and Jonas are too similar and neither them produce a good final ball. Both too inconsistent.
    – Lacked a bit of urgency after drawing level it seemed.

    On the whole though, more positives than negatives. Looking forward to seeing some of the other boys get their chance against Forest, especially Marveaux and Gosling.

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  • Andy

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #25

    I know we still need a striker but people keep on undermining best. He has 3 in 3 games so far. How is that not good? I even heard a guy on the radio saying he was championship standard at best. Him and Ba showed some good signs and i think they will come good

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #26

    @Andy
    All the teams we’re supposed to beat are bogey teams imo lol.
    We should crush them, properly, but they showed an IMMENSE workrate against Arsenal today.
    Also we should cruise past Nottingham. Will be good to see Gosling and Marveux start. Arfa will probs be subbed in me thinks.

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  • gorgonzola

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #27

    All that said…we are missing the Striker thats for sure….

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  • joe

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Plus, things are looking up! Blackburn hardly ever win 2 in a row so that surely must mean we’re gonna continue our undefeated streak!! 😀

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  • niafron

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #29

    The contenders for the fourth place:

    Stoke, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and… NUFC.

    Arsenal and Tottenham are in trouble, but they will fight back, be sure of that.

    Anyway, i think it will be a fight to the end between these teams. Very exciting.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Best will keep on scoring. The heckles will become murmurs, then finally they’ll have to concede and sshhhhhhh!

    Ba’s movement was impressive today. Him and Best linked up well, clearly enjoy playing alongside each other.

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  • niafron

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #31

    We need a LB far more than a striker if you want my point of view.

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  • Andy

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #32

    @Dannyo true but i think we’ve not beat blackburn at home for 4 years or something. They actually are a bogey team for us! We bossed it last year but still got beat.

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  • Andy

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #33

    MMBP both probably working their bollox off so the other wouldn’t be paired with shola again haha

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  • the_besty_show

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #34

    keep our feet on the ground take every game as it comes and we can do well, 7th+ this season. Raylor was pretty good at left back today, will have to keep it up he has that spot for a month

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  • beefman13

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #35

    were was dan gosling??????

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  • niafron

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #36

    OK.

    Bonsoir messieurs.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #37

    always new letissier hated us he is a w.a.n.k.e.r.

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  • Andy

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #38

    For christmas i may buy pardew a thesauras. He needs to stop saying exuberance. Mix it up Pardew. Just watched 2 different interviews and he said it about 5 times

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Andy

    😆 What do you mean, Shola is our lynchpin….. 😉

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  • zaktoon_swede

    Sep 17, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #40

    great stuff. tiote played some good stuff and cabayes raight foot is a joy to watch. ryan taylors best game off the season, played save and looked solid, some good moves by ba&best.

    only minus is obertans confidence, looses the ball to match when one to one. but now we can go inte bburn, wolves at home on a high. howay

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