This was once again a game of two halves, with Newcastle simply excellent in the first half, but Aston Villa, to their credit, came storming back in the second half and put Newcastle under enormous pressure but we had Tim Krul to thank for making some great saves – and the Villa forwards just could’t accept the many chances that went their way – as the Newcastle defense hung ion bravely for a precious three points.
Papiss Cisse scores great first goal for Magpies
But that first half showed just how good a side Newcastle can be – and we went ahead with two good goals – one from Papiss Cisse after 19 minutes, after he was brilliantly put through by new boy Moussa Sissoko, and then Yohan Cabaye made it two after just 31 minutes with a simply magnificent strike (what a player this lad is) , and Newcastle completely controlled the game in the first half – just as we had done against Reading last week.
The only real shot Aston Villa had in the first half was from former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia whose fantastic left foot shot after 22 minutes came back off the post.
But then in the second half Paul Lambert made a couple of substitutions at the half, and Villa looked a completely different side and they took the game immediately to Newcastle.
Villa got a penalty after 49 minutes after Agbonlahor went down all too easily in the box when challenged by Debuchy – (this guy always dives) and Christian Benteke made no mistake from the penalty spot.
Villa had most of the play in the second half and created enough chances to have won the game, but credit to the Newcastle defense for valiantly hanging on.
Newcastle United fans celebrate tonight – hey – they look French!
Alan Pardew brought on Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita and debutant Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to try hang onto the win, and it seemed to work well as villa were being well held by Newcastle, but the Magpies also had some luck when Villa almost equalized when Nathan Baker had a header cleared off the line Jonas Gutierrez, and then new boy Yanga-Mbiwa made a fantastic tackle the six-yard box to stop Ciaran Clark from shooting.
And after a full and agonizing five minutes of injury time – Newcastle got the win – and gained 3 points on our relegation rivals.
Some will say Newcastle were lucky in that second half – but in relegation scraps a win is a win – in fact however you get the win it’s always 3 points – and we got 3 points tonight.
Alan Pardew and the coaches will need to review what exactly happened in the second half – but make no mistake about it – this was a massive win for the Magpies and will give our lads a lot of confidence.
Bottom line – it was a fantastic result for Newcastle United tonight – and we are now 4 points above the drop zone.
Aston Villa (3-5-2): Brad Guzan; Nathan Baker, Ron Vlaar (c), Ciaran Clark; Matthew Lowton, Ashley Westwood, Charles N’Zogbia, Barry Bannan, Joe Bennett (Andreas Weimann 46); Darren Bent (Gabriel Agbonlahor 46), Christian Benteke
Subs not used: Shay Given, Eric Lichaj, Jordan Bowery, Brett Holman, Stephen Ireland
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; James Perch (Shola Ameobi 69), Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran (Vurnon Anita 74), Moussa Sissoko (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 79) , Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)
Bookings: Aston Villa – N’Zogbia (42), Benteke (61), Baker (67), Lowton (76), Agbonlahor (78); Newcastle – Gutierrez (52), Shola Ameobi (87)