Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 2 – Magpies Hang On


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.

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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.

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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.

Teams:

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)

Attendance: 30,334

 



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69 comments so far

  • King Arfa

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #1

    any 1 care to answer this for him im quite interested also to know lol

    nufc cchater?@carlchater

    @lee_ryder #nufc do you know who this is. at the nuffield today having a medical? pic.twitter.com/ysvHyaGJ

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  • soundoid

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyone on here think we missed perchino when he was taken off. He’s a really underated player. Never going to set the world on fire but solid DM Well worthy of his selection.

    I’ll say this again but pards needs to work on the guys fitness.

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  • psutty80

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #3

    i missed the first half, but many of you are right, who could have we brought on?
    There are no game changers on there.. perhaps marveaux, but he got injured. our new lads were a bit leggy and did need to come off ready for the chelsea game.
    Mbwia on for perch was the strange sub.. But we got 3 POINTS AWAY FROM HOME!!
    This was a big game, if we had lost we would be in the sh*t, a win and more vitally a confidence boost!!

    Now the next 48 hours will be interesting to see if we bring another one in.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #4

    King Arfa

    Looks like Doumbia to me.

    Ivory Coast striker for CSKA ‘NOT in the AFCON’!!!!

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Cabaye, Sissoko and Gouffran were knackered by the end – lack of PL match fitness. We had limited options of the bench with Marv, tiote, HBA and Obertan out.

    Jonas performance was poor although he saved us with a tackle in our box.

    With Gouffran playing well on the left and Marv to come in maybe we don’t need that LW (unless we really splash the cash on top quality which is unlikely). We do need another striker though who has strength and can hold up the ball. Imagine Ba in this team with Sissoko! We need a Ba replacement.

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  • yo-yo

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Let’s face it we would have kept a clean sheet but for a dodgy call on the pen.
    Despite all that route one stuff we held the line.

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #7

    if that penalty had not been given (as it should not have been) we would probably have gone on to controll that game.

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #8

    @soundoid
    Tall defensive player – combat the arial threat – I think that’s why he was preferred to Anita.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Well said ED.

    Repost for the numpties –

    I am disturbed but not surprised at the lack of objectivity and basic knowledge of what goes on in a football game on this blog during and just after match time. Great First half poor second half bad tactics blah blah its pathetic sometimes.

    If we had kept the team as it was second half we would have lost by a couple of goals no doubt about it. As it was, digging in was only just adopted in time to save us from a determined side putting in a last-ditch effort to stay in the league with all their forward guns going, and stamps and hacks flying in.

    What must have been our most experimental side ultimately pulled off what we have not done this season – a win. Tactics for each half not desired but ultimately right. Watch more football and do less moaning.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #10

    How was Mbiwa at DFM a strange sub, he’s played there before and has defensive mindset. You wouldn’t want to bring off Saylor or collo and tiote wasn’t available.

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  • yo-yo

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Beattie

    Are you ‘avin another of your jokes ?
    Is Doumbia on your wish list ?

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  • King Arfa

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #12

    beattie

    Doumbia ha ill cream my pants if it is just wondering coz sum kid seems to think who ever it is is having a medical at nuffield nowso thought id ask

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  • One comment a day

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #13

    @1 Thats my uncle having his hip op

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #14
  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #15

    repost again – apologies

    Manxpie
    A good hard earned 3 pts against a very physical Villa who IMO did not deserve to finish with all 11 on the field.
    People complain about the 2nd half but Villa played high pressure with 4players upfront. Gouffran has just come from winter break so would not be at his absolute sharpest. I do not know why Obertan was not on the bench as a cameo from him would have worked wonders on a counter attack. We had no outlet and people need to remember no HBA, no Marveaux and no Obertan. All 3 of these players are highly counter attacking offensive players that AP did not have at his disposal. I said before the start of the match that we did not have any game changers offensively on the bench other than possibly Anita. The Ameobi bros don’t cut it for me – IMO.

    Beattie
    Agreed, we defo need a winger/ striker that was painfully obvious.

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #16

    The title says it all. We dominated the 1st half then hung on to win.

    Looks like Pardew has a new favourite formation 4-2-3-1 lol.

    Player that kept us in the game was Krul.

    Penalty was soft. Agb should’ve been yellow carded for diving.

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  • rfcready

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #17

    I try not to run Pardew down but the past couple of games his tactics leave allot to be desired .Is he capable of changing the way we play until its to late?.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #18

    It’s probably someone taking the pi55

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #19

    I agree it does look like doumbia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seydou_Doumbia

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #20

    There was a horrible challenge on Santon at one point, which I have no doubt was likely because he was causing a lot of problems throughout.

    It was a real season finisher – realised he was going to miss the ball, so sunk his studs right into Santon’s ankle.

    The ‘challenge’ which got Jonas riled up was poor too, Jonas was rightly furious that he got away with it. No intent other than to harm, and Jonas knew it.

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  • Joe Blog

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #21

    In the faint distance, the bell of the toon crier tolls, I can’t quite make out what he’s bellowing yet, but it sounds like “Pardew, your days are numbered you mimsy shite.” *ding-a-ling ding-a-ling*.

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  • One comment a day

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #22

    I would love to hear Pardews half time team talk, he sends them back out defeated!

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  • northernirishtoon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #23

    It would of been stupid to bring mbwia on in central defence given he situation. We were being slaughtered

    Mbwia has played CDM before. I think he even played it against arsenal in the champions league so it’s not as bad as some people are making out

    Only negative for me is the guti situation. Completely lost the head in the second half

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  • JackButler

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #24

    tbh the ref was appalling, never a pen and the amount of late tackles put in during the second half was ridiculous

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  • psutty80

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Spuggy,okay, only ever known him to play all at the back, never seen him play dm. Brave sub for his first game… Paid off though!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #26

    “Watch more football and do less moaning.”

    I like this…conceding the early goal in the second half, the game was only going to go one way.

    Look at the stoke wigan game…stoke who are supposedly so resillent at home and they lost a 2 goal lead.

    Maybe praise pards for putting sissoko in the hole, i bet noone on here had that!

    Also that guy having his medical, you sure its not the ric flair look-a-like being signed up for some experience at the back?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Tsunki

    Come on now, just because you don’t agree with people doesn’t mean insults are needed.

    Personally I’m no footballing purist, and I have no problems with – for instance – managers like Pulis & Big Sam who play to their own strengths. But putting on Shola, shunting Cisse out wide, and instructing the players to hit it long to Shola did nothing but increase the pressure on us.

    If Pardew want’s to play that style, I have no issues, but Shola is not the player to do it. The more I get the deja vu of seeing the ball sailing over Shola’s head, the more I’d like to see us sign ‘a Carroll’.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #28

    lol torq
    re-post
    torqtoon exactly
    i think there’s still people on here who expect fast attacking free flowing football i.e barcelona after the season we’ve had !!
    that is a massive result and torqtoon i’m glad your on here passing on info that you may hear!
    very much appreciated and you must be close to 100% right too

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Pardew your days are numbered for getting us a vital away win. Very good very very good. Should he be sacked on the spot if we beat chelsea? Of course he should, yes, that would also make sense.

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  • northernirishtoon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #30

    I’d cream my pants if it was doumbia

    120 goals in 196 app

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  • yo-yo

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #31

    How come can the manager not be responsible for the brilliant way we came out and played first half but is then responsible for them having a dodgy pen and putting us under pressure for most of the second half (but we didn’t concede did we ?) and us avin a bit if a battle ?

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  • One comment a day

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Spuggy the guy in the pick has a flat nose, Doumbia has a pointy nose. He is foreign though as he looks like he is pretty cold.

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #33

    watched the match…

    but pardew…is too limited for us…i hope ashley sees it.. pardew should stay at the club..players like him..so he should have some other position, but we need a better manager..no brainer..

    oh my team for chelsea (cos its fun=))

    team for chelsea should be

    krul
    debuchy taylor colo mbiwa
    anita sissoko
    goufrann cabaye santon
    cisse

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  • JackButler

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #34

    yo-yo

    He is responsible for the great first half, thats what makes the second half so strange.

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  • HAZZY1

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #35

    The picture is of William Vainqueur the DM that is due to join after his medical the striker we are after is Gomis pardew wants a target man.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #36

    spread i don’t know if you were aiming that at me or agreeing with me lol but wat you said i agree and that is wat i’m saying lol confused??

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #37

    TDS – sorry mate are you saying you are insulted by the inference there are ‘numpties’ abroad? Oh dear I have sinned.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #38

    One comment a day

    Hahah, I was sat here thinking exactly the same, but didn’t want to say it as I felt it would sound ridiculous. I agree though, flat nose definitely isn’t Doumbia.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Tsunki – SPOT ON. I couldn’t have put it better.

    I am disgusted by the comments made tonight. I really am. I will just say that I have loved the way we played in the first half and what happened in the second, happens to teams. That’s football. Especially if it’s such an important game. We looked nervous in the second and they did in the first half. Villa went for it and caught our new boys by surprise a bit and they nearly got lucky playing so direct.

    We won, well done Newcastle. Good showing from our new players and I have faith in the team and Pardew. Goodnight.

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  • alex84

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Delighted with the 3 points
    Delighted with the performance, we showed real grit and spirit to win that, fair play to Pards he got it spot on.

    Some people just think teams should just lie down infront of us so we can play like Barca! muppets! the 2nd half was just as pleasing by the sheer togetherness!

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