In what was a good display by Newcastle with goals from Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran that gave Newcastle all 3 points this afternoon at Villa Park, for the second season running, and now the Magpies have 7 points from our first four games in the league – a good start.
Moussa Sissoko in action this afternoon
Newcastle went ahead with a goal made by Loic Remy in the first half as he got to the byline on the left and put the ball across, and Ben Arfa swept the ball home after 18 minutes, but in the second half Bentake headed the ball home after 67 minutes, when Tim Krul came for the cross but got nowhere near the ball.
But then more Ben Arfa magic put Newcastle ahead after 73 minutes, when his shot was only parried by Brad Guzan and Gouffran who had copme on as a substitute for Remy, swept the ball home – and then Newcastle were able to hold out and put in a good performance this afternoon at Villa Park.
The Magpies had more chances to score and in particular Cisse was set up by a terrific cross from Gouffran, but with a free header the Senegal man put the ball into the side netting.
It was an excellent 3 points this afternoon – make no mistake about that.
This is how we saw the game.
Newcastle made a good start to this game and attacked Villa from the first whistle and the 3-2-2 formation seemed to be working well with Loic Remy prominent on the left wing in his first start.
After 18 minutes Newcastle went ahead with a good gal and it was the impressive Loic Remy who made the goals as he got the ball on the left wing, and he went past his man to the bye line and pulled it back and the loose ball was swept home by Ben Arfa for his second goal in two games.
As half time approached Aston Villa started to get into the game and after Yanga-Mbiwa then made an excellent block from Benteke as the striker shot at goal.
Just before half time Villa had a couple of half chances, and the first was a right wing cross came over and Krul could only flap at it, and Clarke had a decent chance but he hit the side netting.
And then Weimann had a decent chance when a quick Villa counter attack caught Newcastle short at the back, but he shot wide, and really should have done better.
In added time Sissoko, who was having a good game, put a beautiful pass out to Cabaye on the right and Cabaye’s cross shot was only just wide and ben Arfa wasn’t far from the ball.
At half time Newcastle deserved their one goal advantage but there were signs that Villa were coming more into the game.
Aston Villa started the second half in a different gear and attacked Newcastle and after 55 minutes Gabriel Agbonlahor missed an open goal.
It was a horrible miss as the ball came across from the right wing, and he only had to put the ball into the net, but he hit the ball wide of Krul’s left hand post – huge let-off for Newcastle.
And then after an hour Ben Arfa cut in from the right wing and unleashed a terrific shot which Brad Guzan tuned around the post, and Gouffran replaced Remy after 63 minutes – and it was a good first outing for Remy.
And then Ben Afa on the right wing sent over a cross that was saved from going out by Gouffran and Newcastle almost had a second goal as the Frenchmen cut the ball back but the shot was blocked by Villa.
And after 67 minutes Aston Villa equalized and it was when a cross came in from the right wing, and Benteke headed the ball into the goal as Krul came for the cross but got nowhere near the ball.
And would you believe it but Yoan Gouffran scored Newcastle’s s second after 73 minutes, and it was that man Ben Arfa again who set it up with another great run down the right wing, and he cut in again and his shot was only parried by Guzan, and Gouffran hit the rebound into the back of the net.
Almost immediately Cheick Tiote came on for Vurnon Anita, and the Dutchman had another solid game for Newcastle this afternoon.
Ben Arfa’s was a thorn in Villa’s side this afternoon, as he made another run, this time on the left wing and Newcastle got a corner, which was cleared.
After 78 minutes Cisse had a decent chance set up by Gouffran as the Frenchman found him with a good right wing cross but Cisse headed into the side netting – that was a good chance lost, and Cisse really should have done a lot better.
And then on 80 minutes Fabian Delph had a great shop which whizzed just outside Krul’s left hand post, and five minutes later Ben Arfa got into the box and appears to be fouled by Vlaar but the referee waved play on, as the game was end to end.
But Newcastle were able to play out this game, and they still threatened at the end of the game and it was that ben Arfa again – what a player this lad is becoming at Newcastle United. 😀
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar (c), Jores Okore (Ciaran Clark 30), Antonio Luna; Karim El Ahmadi (Libor Kozak 67), Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph; Gabriel Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann
Subs not used: Jed Steer, Yacouba Sylla, Aleksandar Tonev, Leandro Bacuna, Nicklas Helenius
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita (Cheick Tiote 74), Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy (Yoan Gouffran 63)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi
Referee: Mike Dean