Date: Saturday 12th August 2023, 5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: St. James' Park
(unchanged from 2022/23 season)
5 - 1
6 mins Bruno Guimaraes had a shot
from outside the box that Emiliano Martinez pushed away to Anthony Gordon. The
winger played a one-two with Joelinton that bisected Leon Bailey before crossing
for Sandro Tonali to arrive ahead of Lucas Digne and crash home a
right-footed volley on the edge of the six yard area into the Leazes goal.
11 mins A smart ball from
Douglas Luiz with the outside of his foot found Digne in space down the Villa
left. His cross took a slight deflection off the back of Kieran Trippier and was
then headed on by Ollie Watkins into the path of Moussa Diaby who made no
mistake with a controlled volley. 1-1
16 mins Trippier
lined up a free-kick in a central area but knocked it to Tonali standing to his
right. His diagonal found Sven Botman on the left hand side of the box and he
volleyed it to Alexander Isak, who finished firmly into the centre of the
goal from just in front of the penalty spot. A VAR check took an age and seemed
likely to find Botman offside but he was comfortably on. 2-1
Half time: Newcastle 2 Aston Villa
58 mins Joelinton
found space to advance towards the halfway line before finding
Gordon outside him on the left. He cut inside before threading a
pass to the onrushing Isak. Ezri Konsa seemed to be in control but
then inexplicably let the home forward pinch the ball off his toes
deep in the box.
The rest was pure genius from Alexander Isak who had the
composure to dink the ball over Martinez, covering defender Pau
Torres on the goal line and into the far corner of the Gallowgate
goal amid great applause. Initial suspicions that a deflection had
aided the finish were soon disproved by replays: the Beardsley-esque
chip was simply a sublime finish.
77 mins An intricate and
excellent passing sequence involving Botman, Joelinton, Tonali and Bruno
ended with Tonali regaining possession and sending a first time pass to
Harvey Barnes on the left corner of the Villa box.
The debutant looked up, took a touch and perfectly delivered the ball
infield to Callum Wilson who had sidestepped Pau Torres to make
space and finish coolly into the top corner. Again, a VAR review looked
set to show Barnes or Wilson were offside but both were fine and the goal
90+1 mins Trippier's
pass from the right back area infield to Tonali was instantly played on to
the advancing Jacob Murphy, whose first shimmy took Torres out of the
picture. Powering away from the flat-footed Diego Carlos, Murphy's defence-splitting
ball played in Harvey Barnes who ran clear and side-footing through
Martinez who got a touch but couldn't stop the ball bulging the net. 5-1
Full time: Newcastle 5 Aston Villa 1
"We scored five - we could
have scored more.
"Everything clicked for us. It was a tight game decided by our
ruthlessness in front of goal. Villa were also in the game, so we're
"We had to be at our best. We knew we had a difficult start so
you look at this game as a massive moment in our season.
"We want the supporters to dream. We have to focus on
Manchester City away - it's the hardest fixture in the Premier
League so that is a sobering thought for us.
"We're looking at 'can we win the game' fully in the knowledge
they are the best team, they have been the bench mark.
"(Pressing) is a big part of our game. If you are going
to press teams high and be aggressive those moments are key. If you
aren't good in those aspects in the first couple of seconds of
transition, then you are going to have problems.
"It is always a game of cat
and mouse with and without the ball. There was some nervy moments
for us. Our style was a key aspect of the win.
"We've got to embrace the
challenge and then of course Liverpool, but we will focus on City
"I went with Alex(ander Isak) today. Alex and Callum
(Wilson) are two really top players and we saw Alex do well and then
Callum come on and do well.
"That's what we are going to need throughout a hard season - Wilson
is a top player and he looked razor-sharp when he came on.
"The squad dynamic is more important than ever with the added
time. We had a strong bench today and hopefully we can carry that
through the season."
On Tonali and his dream debut:
"We pursued him for a long, long time and paid a big fee for
him because I fell in love watching him play a game last year. He is
an outstanding talent, he can do a little bit of everything.
"Very similar to our other
midfielders, heís got a combination of a lot of attributes that
will suit the Premier League. "It
was a tough decision between him and Sean (Longstaff) but
in the end it was based on fitness really. Sean had missed a lot of
pre-season with a niggly injury and Sandro completed all of
pre-season. So basing it on that and how well Sandro had done in
pre-season, thatís why I made the decision.
"This is one game, I donít want to go over the top and put
more pressure on him but itís a very good start and Iím just
pleased he looked confident in the shirt and the fans have certainly
taken to him, which is great to see.
" I thought he was magnificent for us.
The goal helped, it builds confidence. It certainly looked at home in the
midfield. I thought his style was really effective for us today. Heís an
incredible technician, very good technically off both feet. Great to see him
score and in the box in that moment.Ē
On his remaining recruitment aspirations:
"Weíre hoping for
one more, no guarantee, but we will fight to the end to strengthen.
We are getting there. Every transfer window we have got
"Weíve lost Allan Saint-Maximin, who was a massive player for
us, weíre going to miss his unpredictability."
Unai Emery said:
"Newcastle are strong at home. They started winning
and we were in the match when we scored the goal and we had good
chances to draw with Ollie Watkins.
"The second half we started trying to change and gain more
control of the game than in the first half. When they scored the
third goal the match finished. Newcastle deserved to win over 90
minutes. We had some good moments but it wasn't enough today.
"The injuries we are having this week is really sad for us with
Emiliano Buendia and now today Tyrone Mings. We are going to react,
but we need some days for reflection. The result is bad but losing
Tyrone was worse. It doesnít look good: Itís very sad for him
and for us.
"We were aware last year what our power was and how we were
stronger in our structure and the mentality we created. We finished
last year by getting our objective and I do not doubt now we will do
the same in our structure and mentality.
"To lose 5-1 is bigger than normal, of course. But Newcastle
are feeling strong at home and deserved to win. They were consistent
for 90 minutes and we werenít.
"It was good news to watch Moussa (Diaby)
playing and feeling good. His adaptation in the position we are trying to get
with him was good and he scored and played well.
"We played well in some moments but there a lot of things to do in 90
minutes and we have to avoid the mistakes.Ē
best start to a season by any Newcastle side since they netted
four goals without reply at home
to West Ham in August 2002.
In terms of the margin of victory in United's opening home game, this was
the largest since we leathered Aston Villa 6-0 in August 2010.
The Villans are now winless in their last 16 visits to SJP,
with ten home victories and six draws taking
place since David O'Leary's side won 3-0 on
Tyneside in April 2005.
Callum Wilson netted
in United's opening Premier League game for a fourth
2020/21 West Ham United (a) won 2-0 started, scored after 56
2021/22 West Ham United (h) lost 2-4 started, scored after 5 minutes
2022/23 Nottingham Forest (h) won 2-0 started, scored after 78
2023/24 Aston Villa (h) won 5-1 on as sub, scored after 9 minutes
has 39 goals in that competition to his name for
the club, which leaves him unchanged in the
all-time PL scorer table (sixth), but puts him just two
behind Les Ferdinand and four shy of both Shola Ameobi
and Andy Cole.
Today saw him come off the bench once again in
to net in
double quick time:
Apr 2023 Manchester United (h) (scored in 8 minutes)
Apr 2023 Spurs (h) (scored in 65 seconds)
Apr 2023 Southampton (h) (scored in 8 minutes)
Aug 2023 Aston Villa (h) (scored in 9 minutes)
Alexander Isak has now scored 12 times for the
Magpies, all of them in the
His brace took him past a whole host of players who had 11 PL goals to
their name: Dwight Gayle, Keith Gillespie, Yoan Gouffran, Salomon Rondon,
Jonjo Shelvey, Moussa Sissoko, Steve Watson and Gini Wijnaldum.
Competitive debuts for Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes
increased the number of players to represent the club in the Premier League
Both netted on their debuts, becoming the 164th and 165th
players to score for us in the PL and the thirteenth and
fourteenth to do so on their debut.
Tonali's six minute strike is the fastest of that fourteen, overtaking Joe Willock's debut effort at the same
end of SJP after 16 minutes of the meeting with Southampton in
Italian-born player to feature for Newcastle in the Premier League, Tonali
became the third to register a goal - matching the totals of both
Alessandro Pistone and Davide Santon in the process. The fourth - Antonio
Barecca - barely touched the ball never mind having a shot....
Barnes meanwhile is only the third of that 14 to make a scoring PL bow
from the bench, after Alex Mathie at home to Sheffield Wednesday in 1993
and Papiss Cisse at home to Aston Villa in 2012.
Tonali and Barnes are only the
second pair of Magpies to score on their debut
in the PL, emulating Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick at West Ham in September
One has to go back to Mick Quinn and John Gallacher against Leeds United
in August 1989 to find the last instance of this feat on home
territory in a league game.
Newcastle are now unbeaten in their most recent five PL
outings, including four last season.
Unused sub Tino Livramento took squad number 21.
Villans @ SJP - PL era:
2023/24 Won 5-1 Isak 2, Tonali, Wilson, Barnes
2022/23 Won 4-0 Wilson 2, Joelinton, Almiron
2021/22 Won 1-0 Trippier
2020/21 Drew 1-1 Lascelles
2019/20 Drew 1-1 Gayle
2016/17 Won 2-0 Gouffran, og(Lansbury) (CH)
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
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
1997/98 Won 1-0 Beresford
1996/97 Won 4-3 Ferdinand 2, Shearer, Howey
1995/96 Won 1-0 Ferdinand
1994/95 Won 3-1 Beardsley 2, Venison
1993/94 Won 5-1 Beardsley 2, Sellars, Bracewell, Cole
NUFC - season-opening PL results:
1993/94 Spurs (h) lost 0-1
1994/95 Leicester City (a) won 3-1
1995/96 Coventry City (h) won 3-0
1996/97 Everton (a) lost 0-2
1997/98 Sheffield Wednesday (h) won 2-1
1998/99 Charlton Athletic (h) drew 0-0
1999/00 Aston Villa (h) lost 0-1
2000/01 Manchester United (a) lost 0-2
2001/02 Chelsea (a) drew 1-1
2002/03 West Ham (h) won 4-0
2003/04 Leeds United (a) drew 2-2
2004/05 smoggies (a) drew 2-2
2005/06 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2
2006/07 Wigan Athletic (h) won 2-1
2007/08 Bolton Wanderers (a) won 3-1
2008/09 Manchester United (a) drew 1-1
2010/11 Manchester United (a) lost 0-3
2011/12 Arsenal (h) drew 0-0
2012/13 Spurs (h) won 2-1
2013/14 Manchester City (a) lost 0-4
2014/15 Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
2015/16 Southampton (h) drew 2-2
2017/18 Spurs (h) lost 0-2
2018/19 Spurs (h) lost 1-2
2019/20 Arsenal (h) lost 0-1
2020/21 West Ham (a) won 2-0
2021/22 West Ham (h) lost 2-4
2022/23 Nottingham Forest (h) won 2-0
Aston Villa (h) won 5-1
Like they'd never been away, Newcastle carried on where they'd left
off last season, pressing and attacking relentlessly before
re-arming themselves from the bench to keep the hammer down and
dispatch opponents widely tipped to be a coming force in this
On the day that St. James' Park
debuted a digital entry system, Unai Emery and his Villans had their
cards well and truly marked courtesy of a devastating display of
finishing from the Magpies.
Debutants Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes began and ended the
scoring, bookending Alexander Isak's brace and one from substitute
Callum Wilson on a day when Anthony Gordon gave his most convincing
performance yet and a certain recently-departed Frenchman never came
It took just six minutes for Tonali to announce his arrival in
England, popping up box to volley home
Gordon's left wing centre after Bruno Guimaraes had his original
Given the way in which messrs Botman and Guimaraes were eased into
the Premier League here, it had seemed reasonable to assume that the
Italian international would begin on the bench but the fitness of
Sean Longstaff meant that the former AC Milan was in the from the
To say that he hit the ground running is something of an
understatement: Tonali looked born to be in that midfield and was
still working and moving when withdrawn beyond the 90 minute mark.
He also came close to an immediate second goal after scoring,
instinctively racing forward to receive Gordon's pass and firing a
shot of such power that it went through Emiliano Martinez and just
Although Moussa Diaby soon made it 1-1 with his own debut strike, Isak
then pounced to finish Botman's knock down
following a Tonali pass - the goal surviving a VAR
check for offside.
Isak then dispossessed Ezri Konsa in his own box and supplied a
peach of a finish to beat Martinez before the hour -
although many present thought that the visiting goalkeeper should
have seen red rather than yellow before half time after coming out
of his box and upending Miggy Almiron.
On a day when changes to matchday procedures were seen for the first
time, the first period ran for an additional 12 minutes with the
scoreboard clock still visible after the 45 minute mark. Both sides
also coped with solo occupancy of the technical area by rotating the
manager and the coach, the fourth official intervening at one point
when Jason Tindall looked to have forgotten.
Rather than compensation for time-wasting though, that additional
period was caused by visiting defender Tyrone Mings leaving on a
stretcher with an ACL injury -
a second setback for Unai Emery after Emiliano Buendia sustained a
similar tear in training last week.
The absence of the Argentinean was significant, given the influence
he had in Villa's 3-0 win over us in April, not to mention the two
goals he scored against Newcastle in last month's friendly meeting.
Mings meanwhile hadn't had the greatest of games when misfortune
befell him, but his replacement Torres looked totally lost and that
indecision seemed to spread amongst his colleagues.
3-1 ahead, there was time for Isak to be denied his first treble in
our colours by Martinez before making way for Wilson; who in typical
style took less than 10 minutes to find the net, stylishly slamming
home a centre from Barnes that also survived a VAR check. Some back
Further home goals looked likely against a demoralised Villa side
whose support had largely left before Barnes took Jacob Murphy's
pass in time added on and strode forward to net for his
That rounded off a near-perfect afternoon for Eddie Howe, results
elsewhere leaving his side top of the table following the completion
of the opening fixture round. As inconsequential as losing the
Carabao Cup Final last season, it nonetheless indicates our
direction of travel. The last time we fleetingly occupied that
position was in August 2007, in what was Mike Ashley's first