Late Aston Villa Equalizer Denies Newcastle A Win

This was 2 points dropped by Newcastle.

Newcastle had gone ahead in the first half through an own goal by Tommy Elphick after 28 minutes, but then late in the game in the 88th minute the home side equalized through a Tshibola header.

We have lost some ground in the league today with Norwich and Brighton both winning although Huddersfield lost 1-0 at Reading, who now go above us in the league.

We threw this game away.

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Dwight Gayle celebrates Elphick own goal

Newcastle now sink to 5th place and we are now 4 points behind leaders Norwich City.

Tommy Elphick had put Newcastle ahead with a first half own goal and we looked to be in control of the game in that first half, but when you don’t take your chances it can cost the team and it did right at the death.

Ciaran Clark started the game at his former club and as may be expected he was booed every time he got the ball, but Ciaran had an excellent game for us and made some crucial blocks and clearances late in the game..

Newcastle pressed Villa  continually in the first 45 minutes after a slow start, but we couldn’t get a second goal and when the score is 1-0 the game is never safe.

And after about the hour mark Aston Villa came right back into the game and started to threaten the Newcastle goal  and then – would you believe it – just before the 90 minutes was up it was  the Villa substitute Tshibola who headed the ball home from a corner at the far post to level the scores.

There was a full 6 minutes added for stoppage time and Newcastle had a few scary moments and could have even lost this game very late – but the lesson here is you must take your chances when you are on top and dominating the game.

It was 2 points lost today and it will feel like a defeat to the players – it certainly feels that way to us.

And Newcastle have taken just one point from our last two league games, which is disappointing and now we face an in-form top of the league Norwich City side at James’ Park on Wednesday night.

We have to get back onto a winning streak soon, but we shouldn’t overreact.

Seven years ago after nine games played we had just beaten Ipswich 4-0 away and we were top of the Championship with 22 points – 2 points ahead of West Brom.

As Rafa has said this will not be a parade this season!

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Aston Villa: Gollini, Chester, Elphick, Baker (Tshibola, 46), Bacuna, Amavi, Jedinak, Westwood (Hepburn-Murphy, 85), Adomah (Gestede, 62), Ayew, Kodjia.
Subs not used: Bunn, Richards, Hutton, Cissokho.

Newcastle: Sels; Yedlin (Tiote, 75), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran; Gayle (Mitrovic, 81). Subs not used: Darlow, Lazaar, Hanley, Atsu, Perez. Goals: Elphick 28 (og),Tshibola 88 Bookings: Shelvey 26, Chester 42, Baker 44, Tshibola 81

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire)

Attendance: 32,062

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