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Season 2019-20
Aston Villa (h)
Premier League


Wednesday 24th June 2020, 6.00pm
Live on BT Sport

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Deserted

Programme: No hard copy was issued by NUFC but the full size 68 page issue was again available as a free download.



Aston Villa

1 - 1




Half time: Magpies 0 Villans 0

68 mins Javier Manquillo directed his thrown-in from the halfway line down the right flank towards Andy Carroll - on the field just four minutes after replacing Joelinton. Carroll trapped the ball and turned after covering defender Matt Targett jumped unsuccessfully. Initial suspicions that he was fouled weren't backed up by replays or any appeal from the visiting player and it actually appears that Carroll was shoved forward by Tyrone Mings.

With a trio of other Villa players drawn towards Carroll out on the right touchline, he swept over a penetrating low cross that reached the onside but unmarked Dwight Gayle on the edge of the visitors box. He took three touches before dispatching his low shot home from 10 yards just as Ezri Konsa made up the ground to reach him.

Gayle, who had joined the action 94 seconds earlier, looked anything but enchanted with his achievement as he accepted Almiron's embrace.

83 mins 13 minutes after coming on, substitute Conor Hourihan flighted an outswinging left footed flag kick from the North West Corner towards the near post. The ball arced away from Miguel Almiron and allowed a grounded Ahmed Elmohamady to direct a flicked header goalwards from the angle of the six yard box, six minutes after his own introduction from the bench.

Jonjo Shelvey was lurking towards the near post but made only a failed half-hearted effort to clear the ball, with Dubravka behind him. Sadly the midfielder's movement was enough to distract the goalkeeper and the ball bounced under his hand and into the far corner of the Leazes net.

Full time: Magpies 1 Villans 1

We Said


Steve Bruce said:

"I didn’t think we got to the levels we did at the weekend but the disappointing and frustrating thing for us is that after getting in front and not seeing it through.

"The one thing we have been good at is seeing it through and to give a poor goal away like we’ve done, we’ll analyse that again.

"To give a soft goal, that’s the frustration because we haven’t hit the heights of what we did at the weekend. We had a great chance at winning the match and didn’t see it through.

"I think when you watch all of the games the one thing we all are doing is using the substitutes.

"It’s difficult times, we must not forget that the players, yes we’ve been training to a degree, haven’t been doing a lot for three months.

"Treadmills, running on streets and in the park is not the actual thing of playing physically in a football match.

"It’s better than nothing so let’s try and enjoy the rollercoaster along the way and I think we are going to see a lot of games like that and we already have.

"Of course I think a lot of El Mohamady... but maybe I should have left him in Egypt all those years ago!

"How often does it happen? But we’re disappointed in the nature of it. It’s the first goal we’ve conceded in five games, so to not see it through and concede a goal like that, we’ve got to be disappointed.

"If someone had said in these awful times we’d have taken four points from our first two games back, I would have accepted it, but we’re disappointed we didn’t see it through.

"We have a great opportunity to push on a bit now. Can we push on and catch the teams above us and finish the season looking upwards, rather than just looking over our shoulders?"

On Carroll and Gayle:

"All of the squad are going to be important because we’re going to pick up a few niggles. It’s great to have the two of them available.

"I’ve said all along with Dwight, week after week, that it would be great to have him back fit. It’s exactly the same with Andy.

"They’ve both been plagued, but hopefully the three months off has done them the world of good. I was delighted with the way they linked up.

"All through his career, we’ve always known Dwight was a goalscorer. I’m pleased for him tonight.

"I’ve said on record that I’ve tried to buy him three times. If you’re looking in the Championship, the first one on your list was always Dwight Gayle because of his natural finishing.

"I was disappointed when I came in over in China and he got injured. I’ve said all along that I want him to stay fit because as you saw with the way he scored his goal today, he’s got that crucial thing of being able to score.

"He’s got the knack, and when you’ve got that, it’s invaluable. Let’s hope he stays fit.”

On Hayden and Ritchie:

"They’re both soft tissue (injuries). We’ll have to wait and see, but the pair of them are genuine and honest, so for them to come off…

"We hope we’ve caught it and it’s more precautionary, but of course you have to err on the side of caution and we’ll have to see how they are.

"We hope some of the niggles are just a bit of fatigue but we'll see how they are over the weekend."

They Said

Dean Smith said:

"It feels like two points dropped. We weren’t clinical enough. I’m little bit annoyed, especially with the goal we conceded.

"Our defensive display has been good again, with the exception of one player going to sleep, Ezri Konsa has lost concentration, Gayle’s gone into the area he should be in and…

"We did some video work on it earlier, I’ve just had a bit of a pop at him in the dressing room, but listen, he’s a young lad and he’s learning, but he needs to know how important concentration is at this level and the situation we’re in at the moment.

(I'm) annoyed because there were large periods where I thought we played really well, especially the first half. We’ve had chances - Ally’s had a really good chance from a header, Trez has had a chance at the far post, John McGinn’s had a chance with a header, I thought we caused them problems by shifting the ball wide and getting balls in behind them.

"We’ve got to be more clinical. But, to be fair, I think Newcastle started the second half brighter, put us under a bit more pressure but the defenders stood firm again and then unfortunately…

"Overall, the feeling is a little bit disappointed because our performance probably deserved a bit better.

"We were making that change to get two up front with Ally and Keinan, we just felt that would be the way forward with Jack playing off them, and that’s the way it ended up going at the end of the game.

"I thought we threw everything at them, we showed lots of quality, thankfully Elmo has popped up with a goal from a great corner from Conor.”


Villa's goal was the first we've conceded at SJP in all competitions for 537 minutes (446 minutes in the PL).

Dwight Gayle's first goal of the season was his 30th in all competitions for Newcastle, coming over two years after the 29th, which was scored in the Premier League at home to Chelsea in May 2018.

Gayle NUFC goal breakdown:

2016/17 Championship 23
2017/18 Premier League 6
2018/19 Premier League 0 (24 on for WBA on loan)
2019/20 Premier League 1

Gayle's last competitive career goal before tonight was while on loan to West Bromwich Albion, when he netted away at Aston Villa during May 2019.

Scoring just 94 seconds after coming off the bench is some feat, but not quite in the same league as some of Gayle's predecessors. Michael Chopra took just 20 seconds to find the net after arriving against his former club on wearside back in April 2006, but Sammy Ameobi's conversion after just eight seconds on the field at Spurs in October 2014 takes some beating.

The last Newcastle substitute to score in the Premier League was Florian Lejeune at Everton back in January of this year; a 70th minute replacement conjuring up Goodison goals on 90+4 and 90+5 minutes.

In all competitions, Allan Saint-Maximin came off the bench to bag the winner in the FA Cup at Oxford United in February.

The Villans are now winless on Tyneside in 12 visits, since the infamous 0-3 game of April 2005, when Newcastle ended up with eight men on the field.     
Villans @ SJP - last 20:

2019/20 Drew 1-1 Gayle
Won 2-0 Gouffran, og(Lansbury)
2015/16 Drew 1-1 Coloccini
2014/15 Won 1-0 Cisse
2013/14 Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13 Drew 1-1 Ben Arfa
2011/12 Won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2010/11 Won 6-0 Barton, Nolan 2, Carroll 3
2008/09 Won 2-0 Martins 2
2007/08 Drew 0-0
2006/07 Won 3-1 Milner, Dyer, Sibierski
2005/06 Drew 1-1 Shearer (pen)
2004/05 Lost 0-3
2003/04 Drew 1-1 Robert
2002/03 Drew 1-1 Solano
2001/02 Won 3-0 Bellamy 2, Shearer
2000/01 Won 3-1 Glass, Cort, OG
2000/01 Drew 1-1 Solano (FAC)
1999/00 Lost 0-1
1998/99 Won 2-1 Shearer, Ketsbaia



A late lapse in concentration by Newcastle denied them their third successive league victory on Wednesday, after Dwight Gayle had put them ahead.

Leading 1-0 with just seven minutes of normal time left, Jonjo Shelvey and Martin Dubravka each left Ahmed Elmohamady's near post header from a corner to each other, gifting Villa a deserved point as a result.

The identity of the scorer was only too well known to Magpies boss Steve Bruce, who added the Egyptian defender to his squad during his time in charge of the mackems, Hull City and Villa.

Elmohamady's first Premier League goal since 2015 was a fair return for his side, who made and missed a trio of decent first half opportunities without actually requiring Dubravka to get his gloves dirty.

The hosts meanwhile made their usual sedate start to proceedings, taking 43 minutes before visiting custodian Orjan Nyland was tested by Matt Ritchie. 

Newcastle's lineup was unchanged from the one that had scored three goals without reply against Sheffield United, but by the mid-point of the second half the manager was looking to his bench for some scoring inspiration.

Off went Joelinton - unable to anticipate one inviting ball across the area from Allan Saint-Maximin during the first half, but did look set to score moments later before Tyrone Mings whipped the ball off his foot.

The Brazilian was replaced by Andy Carroll, before a limping Ritchie made way for Gayle - and immediately the replacements combined to great effect.

Javier Manquillo's throw-in on halfway caught defender Matt Targett out and Carroll was able to sweep over a fine low cross from the right for Gayle to fire home his first Magpies goal in over two years.

With scores elsewhere at the wrong end of the table going their way, Villa kept pushing in search of an equaliser and eventually two of their substitutes did the damage - helped by our generous defending and increasing fatigue.

Dean Smith's men forced several more corners during five additional minutes but United held out to make it four league games without defeat - moving on to 39 points; 12 clear of the bottom three with seven left to play.

In addition to being as near as dammit to ensuring our top-flight survival, that tally is actually our best after 31 Premier League games since 2014 - and four points more than the 35 Bruce's predecessor had managed by that point in his last two seasons.

Attention now switches to Sunday's FA Cup Quarter Final home tie against Manchester City, but there are concerns over the fitness of Ritchie and Isaac Hayden after both were forced off tonight.

Our chances of knocking the cup holders out look to rest squarely on the shoulders of Saint-Maximin, who played the full game tonight but was running on fumes for the last 20 minutes.

While he was our main threat against Villa, Miguel Almiron never really troubled the visitors and frustratingly dwelt on his best scoring chance at 0-0, rather than just putting his foot through it.

Fitness issues rather than selection preference may determine the choice of team that faces City, with a marathon trip to Bournemouth less than 72 hours later. Gayle's reminder of his predatory skills could be very timely.



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