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Late Aston Villa Equalizer Denies Newcastle A Win

7:54 pm, Saturday, September 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

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.

Villa v Newcastle

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

Tags: Championship · Match Reports · Newcastle News · Poll

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spotlight Kid // Sep 24, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Hoots’ Heroes (09-10):
    P9 W7 D1 L1 Pts22 (pts rtn = 2.44)

    Rafa’s Rotators (16-17):
    P9 W5 D1 L3 Pts16 (pts rtn = 1.78)

  • 2 JamesToon // Sep 24, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Drop Sels and Diame for Norwich, hopefully Yedlin will be ok for it.

    Draw away to villa isn’t a terrible result, overall we deserved to win because we bossed them for 60 mins, they were awful, And this draw will only paper over cracks for them.

  • 3 NUFC FOR SALE // Sep 24, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Was that 2nd half performance how we played against wolves last week?….bloody awful

    We need Elliott back double quick…Sels is total garbage

  • 4 clinath@ed // Sep 24, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Thought the whole side played well first half, especially Shelvey…..until the booking. Yedlin easily the most consistent before his injury.
    Disappointing final score.

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Sep 24, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Shots – Home 10 Away 18
    Shots on Target – Home 3 Away 4

  • 6 Belfast // Sep 24, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    I would have taken a draw before kick off to be fair, but still disappointed not to win.

    Clark motm

  • 7 BandB // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Last season, Norwich would have been regarded as a home banker.
    I can’t see why that should be any different now, especially given the massive improvements in every aspect of our tactics, coaching, mentality and playing squad almost everyone claims to have witnessed.

  • 8 RUNAWAY777 // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Get shot of this keeper rafa now or beware

  • 9 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Draw away against initial promotion hopefuls isn’t a bad result, it was just a disappointment that we didn’t take those two chances from Gayle and Diame, which were on a plate. Clark had a good game, and shame Yedlin went off as he was doing great.

  • 10 manxpie // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    hey the second part where defenders are at fault ya mean belfast?

    how can he be blamed for that? it was a great ball and a lucky finish

  • 11 manxpie // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    yeah between clark and yedlin for motm
    ironic how its mbemba that loses out when i said he has so many mistakes in him

  • 12 anthc // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Sels needs dropping for me. Yes mitro gave ball away but to be beaten at back post where most keepers are on corners is a disgrace.
    The lad doesn’t come for crosses, can’t catch a ball and when he does come for balls he flaps and misses!
    Also I’m yet to see the hype with gayle. Top scorer in championship by many commentators but I’m far convinced. He certainly isn’t a lone striker imo. Onwards and upwards it’s a marathon not a sprint.

  • 13 Lindisfarne // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:06 PM


    Shelvey was booked in the 26th minute and played some good passes in behind throughout the first half. The whole team lost it shortly into the second half just when the NUFC fans could clearly be heard singing “Your shit and you know you are”.

  • 14 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Another wake up call. Rafa at fault for not doing changes quick enough and wrong changes at that with Tiote.

    But finishing cost us again. Need that clinical finisher badly.

  • 15 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Don’t like it – No outlet when under pressure.

    me would of played Darlow and Murphy up front for Gayle


    Wasn’t far off from being right

    Played well first half – should of been out of sight

    second half total shite like last week yet Diame should of ecored

    Clark and Yedlin our best players

    ‘Dracula’ Sels waste of space – flaps at every cross – for the goal should I stay or should I go -hadn’t a clue what to do – useless

    Their goal any decent keeper would of came and collected

    Rafa got to sort it as we are not going up playing like we did second half

  • 16 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Shame Mbemba wasnt on the bench as he’d of taken Yedlins place instead of Hayden

    But its another point on the board regardless

  • 17 BandB // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:08 PM


    Neither a marathon or a sprint.
    In fact, no kind of race at all.
    Just the accumulation of points, in which you don’t conserve energy or gain advantage by lying off the pace.

  • 18 manxpie // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    i have a feeling mitro wont even be on the bench next game
    and hope perez gets in ahead of diame he’s been the worst player for me this season

  • 19 clinath@ed // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Lindisfarne….don’t get me wrong, I thought Shelvey played well, but he was dominating the game for most of the first half. But his influence did tail off as the game went on.

  • 20 clinath@ed // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    I’m impressed with Gayles

  • 21 clinath@ed // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    …work rate, but something is missing when he’s up front on his own.

  • 22 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Norwich, Rotherham, Brentford, Barnsley. Ipswich, Preston, Preston, Cardiff, Leeds, Blackburn, Forrest, Birimingham, Wigan, Burton, Sheff Wed and Forrest

    Ficture list up until January yup whole lot to worry about in that

  • 23 Bobbybee // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    We were five points behind the leaders at the start of the games today. We’re now four points behind the leaders, who’ve changed places. How does this mean we’ve lost ground? In my books we’ve gained a point, unless someone can explain different. We always needed to beat Norwich on Wednesday night so nothing’s changed there. Need to be more clinical in front of goal and I still think our most natural goalscorer is currently on loan, but that’s a moot point. I’d sooner be celebrating an away point than getting giddy over a point at home, that’s for sure. I’m sure you’ll see it differently in the cold light of day. Frustrating to say the least but a win v Norwich will close the gap even more. Darlow must be given a chance because he dominated the box on Tuesday night and instils confidence in those in front of him. Not the best, but far from a disaster imo.

  • 24 sing in the corner // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    We take the point and move on. Should have won it inside 45 mins and so frustrating that we didn’t. But we could easily have lost it in the end. So all in all a point is ok.
    Too early to start talking about must win games I reckon.
    Stay cool. So many points to play for. We’re doing ok.

  • 25 Lindisfarne // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    There was an article recently with Diame, where he said that he was not far off being fully match fit (or something along the same lines). He looks like he has a long way to go yet otherwise if that is close to his best, I am worried.

  • 26 Magtoonpie // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    I think Diame cost us two points this time. He didn’t close in at all at midfield and passed the ball to the crowd in front of goal!

  • 27 manxpie // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    clinath it’s because he had the static diame with him i really don’t see why he is starting against derby he was terrible and again today
    i don’t think its his position tbf but surely thats a wasted player when we have perez murphy and mitro to take that place

  • 28 msk21dec // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Feels like a defeat. I blame benitez because 1. Corner you should always have 2 on each post both full backs. Back post no one there. Also sels should have saved it. I believe rob elliott will get no1 keeper when fit.
    2. Why wasnt benitez getting subs on as we was getting overrun 2nd half villa were winning all 2nd balls. Mitro should have come on sooner. Perez on for diame. Tiote was so slow in midfield.

    Why didnt hanley come on to defend crosses as that is what villa were doing and ritchie rb and see game out. Not sure why tiote was on as they were not comin through middle.

    And no i dont have any footy qualifications but why cant these so called top mgrs see these things

  • 29 BandB // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:20 PM


    We don’t need to beat Norwich.
    We will only NEED to beat teams later in the season if our points tally is running behind the rate.
    A point was okay today, if the manner of it was not. The home team is always going to have a spell, especially if you let them regain their nerve.
    Yo’s list is fine, except that 70 per cent of us would have placed Villa on it before tonight.

  • 30 U.S Magpie // Sep 24, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Yes Aston Villa scored both goals, that’s the annoying thing to me that our team didn’t get on the score sheet. Here we go, Toon at Home against the Canaries. If there is any game this month we need to win its that one. I hope Rafa has a better game plan and gets the players to understand that losing at St James is 100% a phucking NO.NO. Roll on Wednesday, that will show fans what we are made of and hopefully we let the league know what we are all about.

  • 31 Malta Mag // Sep 24, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Disappointing for sure but against Villa away I would have taken a draw before kick off. We were far superior and that Gayle and Diame miss proved crucial. I think we’ve got a real gem in Yedlin and I always rated Clark and today he proved his class in what must have been a difficult afternoon for him. Optimistic on the rest of the season if we can control games like this.

  • 32 wynsleap // Sep 24, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    It’s obvious what we have to look for in the January window and that’s a striker and a very good one at that.
    Gale’s pathetic effort today when he was one on one was not the class of a decent striker. Imagine what Aguero, Lukaku or even our own Big Al etc. would have done with that opportunity.
    I don’t think we have one top class striker at the club and it’s going to cost us dear.
    Have to agree about Sels too. He doesn’t inspire confidence and his attempt at their goal was terrible.
    Thought Yedlin and Hayden were good but sick of seeing Dummet. He is so limited it is embarrassing.
    And when we have such a big squad why was Tiote brought on today? – the bloke always looks like an accident waiting to happen.
    Would like to have seen Atsu brought on in the second half to replace Ritchie.
    Finally another battling performance and tons of work from Gouffran. Looks a different player from previous two seasons.

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