Newcastle could only draw 0-0 at Villa Park today, and we missed some chances that we really should have taken to get our first win and out first goal of the season against a poor looking Aston Villa side, who didn’t have a shot on target all afternoon.
Siem de Jong probably had the best chance of the game to get the three points after 88 minutes, when he was through on the left but his right foot shot was brilliantly blocked by goalkeeper Guzan, and then to make things worse, Mike Williamson was sent off a minute later by picking up his second yellow card, and he will now miss the game at home to Crystal Palace next Saturday..
Newcastle again looked like it will be difficult for them to score goals this season, and Gouffran and Cabella missed two decent chances in the first half that would have put this game away.
It will be looked on as 2 points dropped by Newcastle, but it was our first point of the season and our first clean sheet of the season – there’s some positives.
Newcastle got off to a fast start and played some good football in the first part of this game, with Jack Colback looking good in central midfield and hardly putting a pass astray.
After 12 minutes a Cabella left wing corner was partially cleared to Yoan Gouffran at the far post, and it was a decent chance for the Frenchman but he mis-kicked the ball – and Yoan really should have done better.
On 17 minutes Aston Villa fans joined Newcastle fans in a minutes applause for John Alder and Liam Sweeney – a nice touch by Villa fans – as the whole stadium joined in the applause.
Then on 26 minutes new boy Remy Cabella had a golden opportunity to put Newcastle ahead, when the ball fell to him in the inside right position but he put the ball wide of Guzan’s right hand post, as he seemed to slip when taking his shot on goal.
Remy really should have put Newcastle ahead with that chance.
Aston Villa seemed to be willing to let Newcastle come onto them and then counter-attack quickly, and Newcastle would need to watch not getting too many men forward and being caught short at the back.
After 32 minutes Riviere was put through nicely by Cabella, but shot straight at goalkeeper Guzan.
At halftime it was 0-0 and the teams were fairly even with Newcastle having the better chances but failing to convert.
There were no changes by either side at the half, and Newcastle were still looking a little bit impotent up front.
And then a good effort by Janmaat with a header after 51 minutes forced Guzan to tip the ball over the bar – it was a good effort by the Dutchman.
Five minutes later Janmaat tried a shot from outside the penalty area with his left foot and ball was just over the bar – another good effort by the right back.
On 70 minutes Siem de Jong came on for his competitive debut in place of Vurnon Anita and seven minutes later – as both teams were going for the go ahead goal and then seven minutes later Ayoze Perez replaced Riviere up front.
Newcastle were pressing for the winner and had most of the play in the final 10 minutes and after 88 minutes Siem de Jong was through on the left and hit a tremendous shot with his right foot which somehow Guzan blocked – it was a fantastic stop by the Villa goalkeeper.
And then a minute later Mike Williamson was sent off for picking up his second yellow card and Steven Taylor saw his first action this season.
This was two points dropped by Newcastle this afternoon, and there will be concern that we really do need a goalscorer to put those chances away.
This will give the anti-Pardew brigade an opportunity to say Pardew is not the right manager for Newcastle, but we again played fairly decently today against a poor side, until we got into the final third of the pitch.
But we were hoping for more than one point from our first two games, and this result is a disappointment with 72% in our poll expecting a Newcastle win today.
We’ll not win many games until we start taking our chances.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Senderos, Vlaar, Cissokho (Baker, 83), Westwood, Delph, Richardson (Bent, 76), Weimann, N’Zogbia (Sanchez, 63), Agbonlahor. Subs not used: Given, Bacuna, Cole, Grealish.
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett; Anita, Colback; Gouffran, Sissoko, Cabella; Riviere (Perez, 77). Subs not used: Elliot, Haidara, S Taylor, Abeid, Obertan, de Jong.
Bookings: N’Zogbia 50, Senderos 67, Weimann 68,
Williamson sent off
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)