Newcastle remain in 14th place after a very disappointing 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa. It was a superb display from Jack Grealish who ran the game for Villa. It came down to Conor Hourihane’s set-piece deliveries that sunk Newcastle.
Allan Saint-Maximin showed some flashes and Martin Dubravka had some excellent saves but this is another Monday night to forget for Newcastle
Both sides came out unchanged after a 2-0 Aston Villa lead at the break. Newcastle started on the front foot to open the second half highlighted by an Allan Saint-Maximin shot that was pushed wide by Villa keeper Heaton.
However, Aston Villa got a flurry of set-pieces that kept Newcastle pinned in their end. It was a mix of excellent saves and good luck that Aston Villa didn’t put the game away during this run of play.
After 62 minutes, Newcastle made their first change bringing Paul Dummett off for Andy Carroll switching the formation to a 4-4-2.
In the 69th minute, Andy showed his technique as he won a cross and chested it down for a right-footed strike that was unfortunately right at Heaton.
Joelinton, who took an elbow to the nose earlier, was replaced by Dwight Gayle in the 72nd minute. It was another frustrating display from the Brazilian.
Aston Villa still couldn’t put the game out of reach as Dubravka made a superb save in the 77th minute on our former target Wesley who should really have scored.
Newcastle brought Christian Atus on a few minutes later for Miguel Almiron. Newcastle had a few chances to close the game but just couldn’t find a way to get on the scoreboard.
Well, there are now many places up for grabs for this weekend’s match against Manchester City. Newcastle were just not good enough and some of the players who have come back into the fold could find themselves back on the bench after tonight’s display.