One of the good things that emerged from the game on Tuesday night was the form of both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jack Colback who haven’t been at their best of late, but both players had good games against Aston Villa.
And both are in the top four of our Man of the Match poll for the game.
Henri Lansbury scoring that own goal
He looks in pain as karma comes back to bite him
Our best player on Tuesday night was Matt Ritchie and it’s good to see the former Bournemouth player full of confidence and running.
That’s important with Dwight Gayle again worryingly out of action for a number of games, after he had to leave the field after only 33 minutes with a recurrence of his hamstring injury.
Matt didn’t score but he was in the thick of things and it’s a great time for Matt to come into his best form and hopefully keep scoring goals for us over the next few weeks while Dwight is out.
Matt has 12 goals so far this season, eight behind top scorer Gayle.
Aleksandar Mitrovic finished second in the voting and the 22 year-old Serbian looked full of running and he’s coming into form after getting more playing time.
He led the line well and of he’s still a huge favorite with Newcastle fans and he looked a lot more confident on Tuesday night.
With that confidence Mitro can still be a big hero for us this season as we approach a crunch time of the season in the next few weeks.
Jonjo Shelvey plays well in almost every game for us these days and he was good again against Villa.
You could see his pent-up emotion after his nemesis Henri Lansbury kindly scored an own goal after 59 minutes to put us 2-0 up – Jonjo went bonkers in front of the Newcastle fans.
The former Liverpool playmaker is just one of the many players who have improved this season under the great coaching and guidance of Rafa Benitez.
Jack Colback just edges out the impressive DeAndre Yedlin for 4th place in the voting and the local lad played well especially in the second half and he ran his socks off for the cause.
His passing looked a lot better in the game and he had a great shot in the second half that was well saved by the Aston Villa goalkeeper.
With Isaac Hayden out for four weeks after ankle surgery, it’s important Jack shows his best form as we push and push for a win in every game.
It was a professional performance by the lads after a poor first half – but these are the types if wins we have to grind out in most of our remaining games if we are to make it back to the Premier League.
It doesn’t have to be pretty to be really effective.
That was a huge win for us on Tuesday night – there’s no doubt about that.