Half time: Magpies 0 Villans 0
90+2 mins De Jong tried a snapshot on the
right edge of the box that was blocked and the ball looped up and landed at
Remy's feet. He still had to control it and side-step Vlaar before thumping the
ball left-footed past Guzan.
Magpies 1 Villans 0
"I thought Remy was the one player on the pitch to have that
composure in the 92nd minute to score that goal. He was the best player on the
"I gave us six out of ten but what got us there was ten out of ten for effort
and commitment for the cause. We created that chance for him and it was a
fabulous goal for him.
"We should have scored before then. Papiss missed a sitter and I was desperate
for him to scorer. We had a hand ball as well. Remy should have scored from Luuk
cut back and I was beginning to wonder.
"We had a set play where I felt we should have scored from and you are beginning
to wonder. It was a strange game because our crowd was deathly quiet up until
the interception from Williamson and a strange thing like that that lifted the
players and the stadium.
"That's that this place is. This stadium is like a breathing living animal and
we needed it to come alive to help us.
"Williamson was fantastic today against Benteke who is probably the best aerial
player and he was outstanding. We really needed a clean sheet. If we had drawn
0-0 I would have been raving about our defensive display.
"Colo wasn't really ready. He had a few balls down the channels where I think he
was a bit uncomfortable. He only trained for eight or nine days and his presence
was everything today and if we was going to be a little bit uncomfortable with
some of their pace then we accept that.
"The result sometimes justifies the ends and he was a big part of the clean
sheet. There was a lot of calmness from him when there was a lot of erratic
people on the ball today, but not him because he never gets in that mode.
"I was a little bit happier when it went in. As a manager we are on 40 points
and I think we have had a decent season. The recent run has put pressure on my
staff and my team. I don't feel comfortable with that, my staff being under
"You can be very resilient as a manager but I was desperate to get a result for
my team and our fans, who have had to be very, very patient at home. We haven't
been brilliant at home since Stoke.
"The win will settle us down. I would like to think we can now show more
composure around the box. Players were doing things around their box which they
shouldn't have I know they are better than that.
"You hear managers talking about momentum and there will be a huge difference
around the training ground. They can be a little bit calmer, individual players
at this club making poor mistakes.
Asked about turning towards the press box when the goal went in:
"I thought the media have been a little bit miserable this week. A couple of
stories were definitely aimed to put me under pressure. There is pressure enough
in this job without having a couple of stories which were untrue. So it was it
was a bit of a smile to them, cheer up and let's move on.
"The game seemed a little bit slower when he was on the ball, not as frantic.
The high class players like him can slow a game down like Cruyff. He is going to
be hot property this summer and I will leave him out of the next XI!"
Ahead of the game, Pardew said:
"I think I'd be foolish not to worry. You worry about the next game, you
worry about what lies ahead. Forget about any individual, the most important
thing is the club and that performance did not represent the club, quite
frankly. I am hurt by the Tottenham performance.
"Your relationship does change with
players because you give them faith and then you take it away by leaving them
out of the team and you have to give credibility to that.
"I can forgive and I always leave my
door open, I have never really shut a door on any player but if it gets to a
stage where I feel it has crossed the line, then I will not be using that
particular player as often.
"The reaction is what I expected but it
really is irrelevant. It does not matter what goes on on the training ground
because the fans have not seen that. It is what turns up on Sunday that is
important, otherwise it will be empty words.
"In this city, it is difficult when you
are not winning home games. I don't care whether you are top or bottom of the
league, in the championship or even when you are fifth, you cannot lose at home
here. It means everything to our fans and we need to understand that and play
under that pressure.
"Regardless of how they feel about me, any individual player or the owner
or anything else, they come for the team and they will come for the team on
"We need to nudge the performance the right way and the place will be roaring. I
know that. I have been here before when it has done that after a tricky run."
don't think we deserved to lose it. I think, especially in the first half, we
created chance after chance and looked really threatening.
"In the second half I didn't think anybody was going to score, albeit Newcastle
had a bit of pressure, but it was a defensive error that got punished.
"I thought a draw was probably fair.
"It was a defensive error that hurt us and we should have taken our chances in
the first half.
"We can take a lot from the way we played and if we can keep playing like that
we will win more than not.
"There are a lot of games still to play and we just have to try and win the next
The Magpies completed their first double of the season, following a 2-1 victory
at Villa Park last September.
A first victory in five games was United's 300th in the Premier
League (201 at home, 99 away from home).
Tim Krul's clean sheet was the first recorded at home in Newcastle's last ten
league and cup fixtures.
Loic Remy returned from a three match suspension to net his 12th goal for
United, all of which have come in the Premier League. That total already
betters or equals the club's top PL scorer in nine of our 19 previous
NUFC PL Top scorers:
1994/95: Peter Beardsley 12
1995/96: Les Ferdinand 25
1996/97: Alan Shearer 25
1997/98: John Barnes 6
1998/99: Alan Shearer 14
1999/00: Alan Shearer 23
2000/01: Carl Cort/Nobby Solano 6
2001/02: Alan Shearer 23
2002/03: Alan Shearer 17
2003/04: Alan Shearer 22
2004/05: Alan Shearer/Craig Bellamy 7
2005/06: Alan Shearer 10
2006/07: Obafemi Martins 11
2007/08: Michael Owen 11
2008/09: Michael Owen/Obafemi Martins 8
2010/11: Kevin Nolan 12
2011/12: Demba Ba 16
Demba Ba 13
Loic Remy 12
Villans @ SJP - Premier League Years:
Won 1-0 Remy
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
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 Venison, Beardsley 2
1993/94: Won 5-1 Bracewell, Beardsley 2, Cole, Sellars
Full record against Villa:
This was our
69th league and cup victory against the Villans which is second only to
the 70 victories over Manchester City and three more than the 66 against
Arsenal. However, it has come in just 157 games, rather than the 170
against City and 173 games versus Arsenal.
The 248 goals scored matches the 248 scored
against Manchester City and four more than 244 netted past Everton.
PL Stats courtesy
Newcastle didn't have to make a single tackle
inside their own box against Villa bute made more interceptions than any other
side in the PL this weekend with 24.
The mackems were the only side to create fewer chances (four) than Aston Villa
did (six). Newcastle created 14 and had 23 shots on goal, hitting the target
five times (22%). Only Southampton had a worse shot accuracy (28%) than Villa
(29%) and Newcastle (31%).
Cheick Tiote created 3 chances for Newcastle, the most creative played on the
field. He also topped the passing charts, completing 47 of his 56 attempted
passes (84%) but won just four of his 11 tackles, conceding five fouls.
Ron Vlaar made a whopping 11 clearances inside his own penalty area, while the
seven tackles Leandro Bacuna won was the highest anywhere in the PL this
Loic Remy has now been directly involved in 42.4% of Newcastle's goals in the PL
(12 goals & two assists). He
had more shots from outside the box (five) than any other player in the PL this
Christian Benteke won an enormous 21 aerial duels, the highest number for a
player in a PL game this season.
Walking out of the ground after this one, it was difficult to know whether to
laugh or cry. Probably both.
To have stolen the three points so late in this contest was a fantastic feeling
but that was mainly due to the 91 minutes of utter frustration and exasperation
that preceded it.
Villa boss Paul Lambert did his usual trick of talking up his distinctly average
side post-match but he could certainly feel aggrieved not to have at least taken
a point from a game where both sides were equally unimpressive.
The defences had somehow managed to hold firm as added time was entered but that
was mainly due to their side's out-of-form strikeforces, than any outstanding
defensive displays. Having said that, the returning Coloccini looked assured and
his quality couldn't help but inspire his partner, Williamson, who once again
performed beyond his ability.
They kept messrs Benteke, Agbonlahor and Weimann at bay with surprising ease,
although all three could look back on missed opportunities as their lack of
accuracy and Krul's goalkeeping denied them.
But as Pardew accurately summed up, there was one player who looked like he had
the class to decide the fate of this contest and that was our on-loan Gaul, Loic
With just 90 seconds of added time remaining on this mild but damp Sunday
afternoon, United's winless home run looked all set to be extended to a
lamentable six league and cup games.
A match of apparently unending mediocrity had finally come to life around the 80
minute mark, when a crowd who had mostly suffered in silence found their voices
in response to a belated assault on the Aston Villa goal.
However, that late flurry of activity looked to have been in vain, with a
massive penalty shout for handball in the 80th minute ignored by referee Martin
Atkinson and some frantic attacking failing to bring about a breakthrough.
When Luuk De Jong robbed Ron Vlaar after 88 minutes, only for Loic Remy to fire
his shot against the post, Newcastle's home goal drought clicked towards the 460
minute mark and the meagre return of a point against an insipid Villa side
looked to be our own tangible return.
Remy though had other ideas and after latching on to a deflected effort from De
Jong, side-stepped Vlaar before slamming the ball home at the Gallowgate End.
The scorer and his colleagues celebrated in front of the Strawberry Corner,
before Remy guided the ball down to the same corner from the restart to run down
the final seconds before the full time whistle.
Until that late push paid dividends, neither side looked as if they had a goal
in them - welcome returns for Remy, Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote
steadying the home defence but doing little to aid our creative void.
A bright start had seen Remy fire against Guzan within the opening 90 seconds
but United's early promise soon faded and Villa then enjoyed their best period,
Gabriel Agbonlahor forcing a save from Tim Krul on 19 minutes.
First half added time brought a brief flurry of attacking activity from the
black and whites, but when Remy laid the ball across the six yard box, strike
partner Papiss Cisse contrived to blast over the bar from close in.
Off-target efforts from Yoan Gouffran and Paul Dummett (preferred to Davide
Santon) after the break were then followed by the introduction of De Jong from
However, it was the energy of fellow Dutch international Vurnon Anita that
ultimately made a crucial difference - the diminutive midfielder driving on
whenever possible as both Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko began to fade.
How much of a crack-papering exercise the Remy goal was is a matter of personal
opinion, but while rightly welcomed it was an isolated moment of competence.
A 50,000+ crowd looks great on paper, but the thin fare they were offered up for
90 minutes reinforced the idea that many present were there in body only,
attending out of a sense of duty. SJP has seldom been as silent.
On a day when the manner of performance was as vital as the victory, United may
have collected the points, but failed to convince many that better times lie
The win took us on to 40 points and back to eighth - cause merely for relief,
rather than satisfaction or pleasure.
Pardew seems to have the handy knack of coming up with a vital victory when the
pressure starts to look unbearable - the home success over Chelsea earlier this
season being another example.
Despite his pre-match protestations and the banning of a newspaper for the story
suggesting he would get the chop if we had lost, another heavy home defeat might
have just persuaded the fans to finally give up patience.
It's not clear what the owner's thinking would have been - Pardew has done the
perfect job for him this season; secure Premier League status and allow the
massive transfer surplus of selling Cabaye and bringing in a couple of loan
deals. Just the job.
Another month before the next home game has bought plenty of breathing space
again and trips to Hull and Fulham should see successive defeats avoided before
the visit of Pardew's old club, Crystal Palace.
But a limp to the end of the season still looks more likely than a sprint finish
and as any fan of any club will testify, playing for nothing is incredibly
uninspiring. That must also be true for the players and coaches who rely on some
sort of motivation to inspire the crucial extra 5% that is probably the
The run of home defeats ensured we squeezed out that vital victory today but
with most of our upcoming opponents having something to play for, you could make
an argument for this being our last victory of this campaign. Hopefully not.
It's still officially Winter...!