Can Newcastle Beat Villa And Keep Our Hopes Alive?


Almost seven years ago, Newcastle went to Villa Park on the last day of the season in 2009 in 3rd bottom place and it turns out that a draw would have saved us – but we lost 1-0.

The goal was unfortunate when a Gareth Barry shot came off the out-stretched leg of Damien Duff into the goal and that defeat took us down to the Championship.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

Things are different seven years on and Aston Villa have already been relegated with only 16 points and three wins this season.

Newcastle desperately have to win this game to help us survive this season and we still have to register our first away win of 2016.

With the late surge under Rafa Benitez, which has seen us get 8 points in the last four games the hope is we can win only our third away game this season on Saturday to keep the hopes alive we can survive the drop on the last day against Spurs at home.

That’s what we are all hoping for in what has been another disastrous season at Newcastle and that’s after spending a massive £82M in the transfer market.

Those running Newcastle have made a complete mess of things once again – and that’s really hard to do when you spend so much money on new players.

It’s complete incompetence – plain and simple.

How Will Newcastle Fare At Aston Villa?

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82 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    May 4, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t know

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Me either.

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  • hibbitt

    May 4, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    hope so

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib,
    He hires people like Wise etc because they tell him what he wants to hear. Would Charnley be in a job if he argued that cups were a good thing for a club. TDSarf argued from a business point of view they weren’t. This mindset has the group of previously disinterested players the way they are.

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  • Malackay

    May 4, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    This game worries me, Villa have started to score goals in recent games. With our away form I think we will need to keep a clean sheet to win this game and just can’t see it happening.

    We need to win next two games to stay up IMO, and it looks a bit unlikely to be despite the poor season of Villa and injury/suspension position Spurs find themselves in. Spurs are second for a reason.

    I’m praying the other teams struggle for points!

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 4, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    As always, we “can”, but will we?

    We certainly should.

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  • Jib

    May 4, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Man City must win tonight
    If we have another all Madrid final I’ll never get any peace off me neighbours !

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 4, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    As far as Ashley is concerned, it is refreshing that he may have moved on from the likes of Wise, Llambias and Kinnear. He’s realised the error of his ways and instead hired a PR guru.

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  • Tsunki

    May 4, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9

    “Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    So summing up yesterdays musings, young magpie from Burnley is a thirty year old teenager from Ireland among other places who has life threatening diseases and has gone for the shock factor gay admission while saying his website is better.”

    Worth a repost ha ha I think the important thing we can learn from this is that Shock Rob has revamped his website so we all need to rock on over there.

    😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Jib,
    I can’t understand why you are so keen to criticise the club pre Benitez when you made it your main topic of conversation to defend everything they done. I remember you saying “and why should he” when I asked if Mclaren should be sacked if he continually met his targets, basically implying that you would have been happy for him to remain as long as he didn’t get us relegated.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11

    *failed to meet

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  • hibbitt

    May 4, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

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  • BandB

    May 4, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib

    It is sad that people from around the world no longer post round the clock as they did in the days before a small group of people settled on the blog who spend most of their time arguing that if you don’t have a season ticket your opinion is second class at best and probably worthless.
    There was a time recently when no-one posted after 7pm but you and WelshGeordie.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    hibbitt,
    Should coincide nicely with SD paying 30M a year for its brightly coloured hoardings plastered around the stadium.

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  • stuart no9

    May 4, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    stuart no9 // May 3, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    to be honest , the spurs game dosnt bother me now.
    they lost the plot last night there season is finished now . 2 players likely to be banned , is Kane willing to risk injury ahead of the euros, ? the players are deflated espescially after being 2-0 up , ?
    The 3 points are there for the taking as long as we dont do anything bloody stupid but raffa will make sure that dosnt happen . I think Raffa knows we are safe IF we beat villa on saturday, for some reason this game concerns me a little. The villa game is the game ive worried about over the last month

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  • hibbitt

    May 4, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Jail for Ashley

    i could live with that if SD paid for the privilege

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  • BandB

    May 4, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Charnley explained that the free advertising was quid pro quo for the interest free loan, and therefore good deal for both parties.
    I wonder if the position on the loan has now also changed?

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  • job

    May 4, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Oi oi

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  • jayphoto

    May 4, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    If we can’t beat this villa team quite frankly we don’t deserve to stay up!
    I’ve photographed a few of their players girlfriends for various mags, players have the worst attitude towards to club and the fans.
    The fans are also planning a mystery protest! Last home game of the season for them in a relegation season – its going to be toxic! They’ve not won for months either….

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  • jayphoto

    May 4, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Question is, will Spurs be able to field a side against us? Looks like dembele and possibly Lamela and Walker facing retrospective bans…
    they lost the plot against Chelsea, be interesting to see where their heads are at the rest of the season

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  • job

    May 4, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Possiblet hey are up their own butts Jay

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Jay,
    What are the Villa fans protesting about, is it for him to sell up? It will be interesting where that goes and could give us some pointers if George Burley is manager next season.

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  • Wayayman

    May 4, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #23

    I was bricking i against Palace the other day. I didn’t celebrate the wondergoal from Townsend like I ususally would have because I’d just that second said to my son that Cabaye was probably the last free kick we’d scored and that we usually hit the wall or miss the target completely. What a hit. My jaw was on the floor and I couldnt actually beleive that we’d gone ahead in another must-win game.
    The Villa game has me and a lot of others needing therapy after the last time we went there needing a win. I can only hope that we exorcise that demon and that Villa don’t take us down with them.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Job
    Vollans?

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  • stuart no9

    May 4, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #25

    jail —- the protests are starting in the city with a march to the ground , then in the 74th minute something is planned inside the ground , not sure what though – something to tell the owners they are not wanted and that change is needed . That should give our lads a boost surely??

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  • Tsunki

    May 4, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #26

    Oh no you didn’

    🙂

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  • WWSBRD

    May 4, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #27

    Not sure why anyone thinks we will lose to Villa? Haven’t they lost their last 11 games? Without a manager, the players are all over the place and their fans (those of which go these days) are toxic (they cheer the opposition currently)

    I half expect mags to out number the villa supporters in the ground

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  • Slank

    May 4, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #28

    I think the Villa game will be the harder of the two remaining games.

    The only good news is that the Villa fans are going to protest against their club. Previous protests by fans against their respective clubs tend to disrupt their team’s performances. Let’s hope this continues.

    I feel that Spurs whilst turning up physically may already be on their holidays and may not be their usual self.

    Two wins for us and bad luck for Sunderland and Norwich are the only results that will prevent relegation for us.

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  • job

    May 4, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #29

    Couldn’t what? Jail

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  • job

    May 4, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30

    Vollans what Jail

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  • WWSBRD

    May 4, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #31

    Slank
    I think Villa players have been on their holidays for months mate, in fact am not sure they have ever been at work this season

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  • Tsunki

    May 4, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #32

    😀

    Explain, Jail.

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  • Wayayman

    May 4, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #33

    Agbonlahor has definitely been on his holidays!

    http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villas-gabby-agbonlahor-shows-11272304

    He’s right though, I stayed in the exact same place last year watching m boy play in the same tournament. It was bloody baltic inside the steel box!

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  • Bobbybee

    May 4, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #34

    So, i tell a few home truths that the borg dislike and i’m to blame for the failure of the blog? Really? Is that the best you can do?
    This bizarre notion that i dislike none attending fans began because i questioned the right of none attenders to tell attenders to boycott. That was it. Then as usual, it got twisted, and personal insults started flying my way, but my argument stood up because it is right.
    It’s time some of you had a realty check. I have never had a problem with who supports the club i love, the further away the better in some cases. But lets dispell this once and for all. We are not all the same level of fans. That is just ludicrous. Why people have a problem with this has zero to do with facts and everything to do with their poor deflated egos. I get called arrogant because i go to games. The real arrogant ones are those who think that sitting at home, is anything like being a match attendee. It ain’t, and the sensible ones don’t have an issue with it. Only the usual suspects. Same old, same old.
    There are those fans who go home and away, then somehow manage to fly the world over watching pre season friendlies. Total commitment, bordering on obsession. Keep it up lads, nothing but respect. Wish i could, but such is life. I would never rate myself alongside them.
    Home and away. Done that until recently, but travel is now beyond me. Still, did it for many many years. Proud and loyal.
    ST holders, the general lifeblood and the face of NUFC. The ones who make a difference at home games.
    Occasional attenders. Magnificent effort for getting there when you can. Like ST holders, the face of NUFC.
    When you support a club – any club – it’s not a matter of just turning up. It’s a way of life. You miss lots of things in order to support your club. You set off at midnight, to get to a game sky or BT has determined will be a 12.45 ko. This is not just watching, this is commitment to a cause.
    I’ve answered that call all my life, only for certain twisted jealous people to denigrate that.
    Arrived with keegan, enjoyed the good times, but legged it when it got hard AGAIN. Need an excuse? Blame Ashley, the rest do.
    I have no problem with fans who can’t go, because of lifes troubles, or being out of the country, but neither will i sit back and be called ‘the problem’ by said fans.
    Now, every time i mention going to the games, i get attacked by morons who read far too much into it.
    I’m proud to be a geordie and proud to be a fan. I won’t stop mentioning going to games because it upsets a very minute section on here – albeit the ones with the biggest mouths.

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  • Average_Contents

    May 4, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #35

    Who started that off again….

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  • Bobbybee

    May 4, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #36

    Try those digging at me when i ain’t here to defend myself. No need to look much further than this page really. The real reason the blog went quiet was that people – myself included – got fed up of the usual suspects continually harping on about multiples and who’s who, or what they can or can’t say. The blog police, in other words. If somebody wishes to be a multiple, let them. Who is it hurting? It’s their problem, nobody elses. Who are they to tell people how to behave? They should check their own behaviour first.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #37

    Really!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #38

    If the whole stadium had boycotted instead of 10K we might have had a good manager instead of just getting slightly improved communication.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 4, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #39

    This is a blog and my opinions are as valid as anybody elses. Just because a small group dislike them, so what? I dislike their opinions, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t post ffs. Trying to shut people up who don’t agree with you is a rocky road to ruin.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #40

    Bobby.
    Yes!

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