Newcastle have fallen to defeat for the fifth straight match after losing 2-0 at Aston Villa tonight. We’ve not won in ten matches while scoring just 1 goal in our last 8. The lads didn’t come close tonight with just one shot on target and that was from the opening moments of the match.
Newcastle were unchanged after going down 2-0 in the first half. Aston Villa almost made it three in the opening minutes of the second half.
On a break, Ollie Watkins was played into the box down the left. His low shot was well blocked by Karl Darlow however the ball found Douglas Luiz in front of an open net. The midfielder dribbled his shot wide and out of play.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, Newcastle were being thoroughly controlled by Villa. We were second best in every facet of the game including desire as Villa looked the far hungrier side despite being up by two.
Bruce made a double substitution at 70 minutes with Allan Saint-Maximin making his return along with Ryan Fraser. Andy Carroll and Javier Manquillo were taken off. The formation switched to a 4-4-1-1 with Hayden moving to right-back and Almiron pushing up behind Wilson. Saint-Maximin was on the left and Fraser on the right.
The changes provided Newcastle with a better threat going forward due to the pace of Saint-Maximin and Fraser. However, we remained very vulnerable at the back, continued to concede possession cheaply, and created minimal chances.
Dwight Gayle came on in the 80th minute replacing Miguel Almiron up top but it made little difference. Despite the attacking talents of Wilson, Saint-Maximin, Fraser, and Gayle, and being down two goals, the lads didn’t come close to threatening Martinez in the Villa net.
The spiral deepens as Newcastle keep giving away soft goals without offering anything in the final third. That was as comfortable an evening as Aston Villa will have all season. We’ve now dropped to 16th in the table behind Burnley on goal difference.