Date: Saturday 16th April 2023, 12.30pm
Live on BT Sport
Venue: Villa Park
3 - 0
Dendoncker's cross from the right was nodded down by the falling
Ollie Watkins with Kieran Trippier in attendance and Ramsey drove the ball
low with his left foot into the Holte End goal from 10 yards. 0-1
Half time: Villa 1 Magpies 0
passed to Alex Moreno on the left of the box and his low cross
found Watkins who had far too much time to swivel, turn Dan Burn
and shoot past
Nick Pope from just outside the six yard box.
Ashley Young retreated into the middle of the pitch before
goading the away following with outstretched arms and shouts.
Very brave. At least Neil Lennon had the temerity to do his
legendary wind-up right in front of the Newcastle fans. It's
hoped that Young ultimately gets a similar comeuppance....
Elliot Anderson was tackled
down the United left and McGinn took the ball to the byline before his
cross was helped on by Emiliano Buendia at the near post. That reached Watkins, who hit a
grass cutter beyond Pope via a Kieran
Trippier deflection into the far corner of the net.
3 Magpies 0
"We were off our best levels today, right from the start.
Aston Villa are a good team and we never got going. We've been
consistently excellent this season - today is the first dip we've
had. It can happen and we have to react.
"I think this was our worst performance. We weren't great today
and that's hugely disappointing in such a big fixture. The lads have
been so consistent throughout the season - these things can happen -
we now just need to focus on our response to today.
"It was unlike us in every aspect really. I thought we were
wasteful with the ball and definitely unlike ourselves out of
possession. We weren't as solid, tight and reliable as we have been.
There's a lot to analyse from my perspective."
On the fitness of Sean Longstaff:
"Sean had a bout of tonsilitis in the week, so he didn't
train. We felt he wasn't fit to start the game. I don't think his
absence necessarily affects where Bruno is playing on the pitch, but
we maybe missed Sean's tenacity and his legs and energy.
"His endurance levels are at the very highest level and we
didn't look right in midfield today, but I would say today that in
every area of the pitch, we didn't look quite right. I'm sure that's
not just down to one player."
Unai Emery said:
"We are speaking about a
difficult next target we can have, but not now. Not now.
"We can think about being a candidate for a Europa
position but the top four is very, very difficult. Of course if we
keep winning we can add for the next weeks, but not now.
"We are not now thinking about the top four because we have a lot of
teams in front of that position and we are going to face Tottenham
at home and Manchester United away but they have enough advantage at
Following losses to Liverpool (a),
Liverpool (h) and Manchester City (a), Newcastle suffered their fourth
PL defeat of the season in what was their thirtieth game.
Counting away games only, Eddie Howe's side have lost three of 16 played.
With three away games still to play, the maximum number of losses on the
road they can accrue is six. Their best-ever PL total is five reverses,
achieved in 1996/97, 2001/02 and 2003/04.
Gouffran scored in September
2013, Newcastle have gone 557 minutes without finding
the net at Villa Park - awful, but better than our 657 barren
minutes at Arsenal. We're currently up to 420 goalless minutes at
Four consecutive defeats is our worst run of PL form anywhere, aside from
visits to Manchester City, where the number of successive losses stands at
a monumental 14.
The Magpies suffered their heaviest loss since a 0-5 reverse at
Manchester City in May 2022 and conceded more than two goals
for only the second time this season, after the 3-3 home draw with
Manchester City in August of last year.
Despite conceding three times today, United remain the meanest PL side
this season in terms of letting goals in - their 24 conceded four
less than nearest challengers Manchester City on 28.
This was Newcastle's joint worst PL defeat at Villa Park, equal with a
1-4 loss in February 2008. That was also a lunchtime kickoff
Ollie Watkins became the first player to net more than once against
Newcastle during one PL game since Raheem Sterling for Manchester City
back in May 2022. In all competitions, Josh Windass of Sheffield Wednesday
did so in the FA Cup last January.
A second successive game without a booking for Joelinton improves his
chances of landing a further game ban. With eight games to play, he has 11
yellows - 15 will see him miss three games.
NUFC after 30 games - selected seasons:
2008/09 29 points, 18th,
GD -13 R
2015/16 25 points, 19th, GD -26 R
2017/18 32 points, 13th, GD -10
2018/19 34 points, 13th, GD -9
2019/20 38 points, 13th, GD -13
2020/21 29 points, 17th, GD -20
2021/22 31 points, 15th, GD -21
2022/23 56 points, 4th GD +24
Toon @ Villa Park - PL era:
2022/23 lost 0-3
2021/22 lost 0-2
2020/21 lost 0-2
2019/20 lost 0-2
2016/17 drew 1-1 og(Elphick) (Ch)
2015/16 drew 0-0
2014/15 drew 0-0
2013/14 won 2-1 Ben Arfa, Gouffran
2012/13 won 2-1 Cisse, Cabaye
2011/12 drew 1-1 Best
2010/11 lost 0-1
2008/09 lost 0-1
2007/08 lost 1-4 Owen
2006/07 lost 0-2
2005/06 won 2-1 Ameobi, N'Zogbia
2004/05 lost 2-4 Kluivert, O'Brien
2003/04 drew 0-0
2002/03 won 1-0 Shearer
2001/02 drew 1-1 Shearer
2000/01 drew 1-1 Solano
2000/01 lost 1-0 (FAC)
1999/00 won 1-0 Ferguson
1998/99 lost 0-1
1997/98 won 1-0 Batty
1996/97 drew 2-2 Shearer, Clark
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 won 2-0 Lee, Cole
1993/94 won 2-0 Allen (pen), Cole
Having acted as an arena of Magpie misfortune on many occasions
Saturday saw Villa Park again host a public undressing of the black
and whites. For once though, defeat at the home of the Villans
didn't rubber-stamp the impending doom of relegation as was the case
in 1978, 2009 and 2016.
Instead, the reality check for the visiting side came in a
slackening of their grip on a position high enough in the table to
ensure that holy grail of European qualification, a Champions League
victories had re-ignited Newcastle's top four challenge after their
Carabao Cup Final diversion and the inevitable defeat at Pep Guardiola's
defending champions. However that
winning run came to an abrupt end here, a slick
Villa side inflicted our heaviest defeat in almost a year.
Having turned down the opportunity to succeed Steve Bruce before Howe was appointed, Villa manager Unai Emery
looked on as his current side deservedly dominated from the first
Seeking their fourth successive home victory and clean sheet at
Villa Park, the hosts almost made a perfect start when Ollie
Watkins shot beyond Nick Pope and struck a
post after 30 seconds.
That just delayed the inevitable though, Jacob Ramsey driving in an
11th minute opener and only the woodwork and Pope
prevented further home goals before the interval. A Newcastle side
showing one change from that which won at Brentford - Anthony
Gordon in for the unwell Sean Longstaff - were caught cold again,
with only some piercing runs from Jacob Murphy with no end
product and a neat turn and shot by Alexander Isak to show for their
efforts. The anti-Lobby sect were very quiet.
Fortunate to be just one goal behind at the break for the
second successive Saturday, there was to be no resurgence of the type witnessed
a week ago, with no half time changes
The visitors continued in much the same vein as
before: second best and unable to prevent Villa exploiting acres of
space as they sprayed confident passes across the field; Emilano
Buendia revelling in the freedom, John McGinn similarly unchecked
and 37 year-old Ashley Young probably having his least stressful game
since playing his part in our relegation here almost 14 years ago.
Showing little discernible improvement, alterations came just before
the hour; Murphy and Joe Willock hooked for Callum Wilson and
fit-again Miguel Almiron. That brought an immediate uplift from United; Wilson almost netting
with his first touch before an offside flag was raised, Isak forcing
Emiliano Martinez into a save and Almiron firing into the side
However the revival proved to be short-lived, Villa netting through
Watkins before VAR confirmed an offside, only for the same
player to have time and space to turn and shoot from the next
The in-form forward grabbed his second and Villa's third of the
afternoon in the closing moments, an elated home crowd celebrating a
fifth successive win and Villa's best run in the top flight since
1998 as some of the travelling support began to drift away - it's been a
while since that happened...
Delight for Emery and despair for Howe then, who has some big
decisions to make when determining which eleven players line up
against Spurs at SJP next weekend - Burn and Willock particularly
vulnerable but few players leaving here with any credit today. Those
seeking to praise the Villa boss and denigrate the Newcastle one may be
advised to check the table after 38 games though.
If there is a positive to be taken from becoming Villa's latest victims, it's that they have the ability and opportunity to do so
against both Manchester United and Spurs in the coming weeks - and
aid our cause, assuming their own charge has come marginally too
late. Brighton meanwhile remain a lower profile but credible threat,
making their visit to SJP as significant as that of Spurs.
Help came from an unexpected source later on Saturday, as Howe's
old club Bournemouth pulled off a potentially priceless 3-2 victory
at Spurs - their added time winner and our favourable VAR decision
the twin high points of an otherwise dismal day when there was nothing to
Manchester United's 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest on Sunday saw
Newcastle drop a place to fourth, but it's still all to play for
and this loss was hardly the end of the world, unlike previous
misadventures on Witton Lane.