Newcastle got a really valuable win today with a good goal from Papiss Cisse after 37 minutes when he turned the ball home from another good Daryl Janmaat cross – and it was yet another assist for the Dutch right-back – and it was in front of a very good crowd of 51,573, which given our poor form of late shows terrific support.
Papiss goes to Jonas after he scored – a nice tough
It was a fairly close game but Newcastle were able to hold on to the lead – thanks to two good saves by Tim Krul, and a goal by Christian Benteke in the second half that was ruled to be offside.
It was good that Newcastle could get a clean sheet given the disaster last weekend in Manchester.
But the victory was marred by Massadio Haidara being taken off in the second half with an injury – so Newcastle are really down to the bare bones as far as the squad goes.
Here’s how we saw the game.
After just three minutes Aston Villa had a chance to score as a low cross came in from the right, but Janmaat just managed to turn the ball for a corner.
The two teams were evenly matched and there wasn’t much inspiring from either side but then on 28 minutes Benteke showed his class as he hit a great shot at goals that Tim Krul did well to block – a great save form the Newcastle goalkeeper.
And then on 37 minutes it was Janmaat who set up another goal for Newcastle and it was Daryl who put a quality ball into the penalty area from the right wing.
Papiss Cisse scores!
Papiss Cisse got the ball and in an instant he had put it past Brad Guzan to put Newcastle ahead and it was Cisse’s 11th league goal for Newcastle in only 18 appearances – we must hold onto this player in the summer.
Half time came and it was still 1-0 to Newcastle.
After 58 minutes a good free kick from Sammy Ameobi was headed wide by Papiss Cisse.
Big concern – Massadio Haidara carried off on a stretcher
Ryan Taylor was brought on for Massadio Haidara after 60 minutes – because of a knee injury to the Frenchman – we’ll just have to hope the injury isn’t too bad, but we have a threadbare squad at the moment.
After 63 minutes Tom Cleverley should really have scored for Villa but it was Tim Krul again who made a great save from Cleverley’s left foot shot and the ball was cleared with his legs to preserve Newcastle’s slender lead.
Former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia came on for Sinclair after 66 minutes.
Newcastle were having to defend their lead, but they were hanging on well and Fabricio Coloccini was marshalling the back four well – so let’s hope the Argentine is back in form.
Christian Benteke scores but ruled offside
Then Christian Benteke seemed to have equalised, but his goal was ruled offside – phew – that was close.
On 72 minutes it was Ayoze Perez on for Many Riviere and five minutes later Yoan Gouffran was on for Gabby Obertan so unfortunately no Jonas Gutierrez today, although Jonas was applauded when he was warming up on the sidelines.
After 74 minutes Ryan Taylor took a free kick from just outside the box and beautifully curled the ball round the wall to bring out a good save from Guzan.
And then two minutes later from a right wing corner, Ayose Perez headed the ball against a post – so unlucky.
After 78 minutes if was Yoan Gouffran on for Gabby Obertan who has some decent runs down the wing and may be getting back to his form of earlier this season.
After 83 minutes Ryan Taylor tried a shot from outside the box but it was straight at the goalkeeper – but a good effort from the 30 year-old.
After a long seven minutes of added time the referee blew his whistle and we have taken a valuable 3 points.
Newcastle: Janmaat; Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara (R Taylor, 61); Obertan (Gouffran, 78), Sissoko, Abeid, Ameobi; Riviere (Perez, 73) Cisse
Subs not used: Woodman, Anita, Gutierrez, Armstrong
Goal: Cisse 37
Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Lowton (Bacuna, 82), Sinclair (N’Zogbia, 66), Delph, Cleverley, Westwood, Agbonlahor (Weimann, 73), Benteke
Subs not used: Given, Sanchez, Gil, Grealish.
Bookings: Hutton 26, Lowton 45, Williamson 53, Agbonlahor 62, Clark 83, Cleverley 90
Referee: Lee Mason (Bolton)