And that's it! Newcastle claim a vital away win. They were excellent in the first half and hit Villa on the break in the second.Villa can't win the ball back. Newcastle really doing well.Finish line well within sight for Newcastle. Villa have a throw deep inside their own half. Must go long now.Cisse at the other end has a half chance but he's crowded out.Vlaar has a go from distance but it's blocked.Gouffran fouls Agbonlahor.Four minutes of injury time in fact.Entering the final stages now. There will be at least three minutes of injury time though. Enough time for Villa.Weimann has made way for Tonev for Villa as well.Cabaye off Sammy Ameobi on.Excellent play by Newcastle who strung together a number of passes but Gouffran's final one to Cabaye is just long.Villa look long again for Benteke but Santon does really well and reads his pass. Ben Arfa on the break feeds Cabaye and Newcastle build again.Ben Arfa wriggles into the box and goes down easily. No penalty.Lowton down the right but he gives it straight to Cisse. He's short of support and Villa win it back.More space for Gouffran but his shot is weak this time. Newcastle will get more space as Villa push on.They will have to do better than that. Lowton wastes possession.Inside the last ten minutes now. Can Villa pinch another?Delph has a go from 25 yards but it's narrowly wide.Cisse with a chance but he heads Gouffran's header into the side netting.The outstanding Ben Arfa wins Newcastle a corner. Cabaye takes but it's just a little too high for Coloccini.Delph wastes no time getting Villa moving forward but Weimann fouls Tiote.Lowton gives away a free kick and Ben Arfa trots over to deliver.Tiote on for Anita.Gouffran knocks home after Guzan spills Ben Arfa's strike. Wow! What a game.Luna takes a foul throw and Newcastle get us started again.Newcastle pinned back inside their own half now. Cabaye this time gives the ball away.Westwood will stand over the set piece. New boy Kozak awaits the cross with Benteke. Can he score a debut goal?Debuchy dives in and receives a yellow card.Weimann fires over from the left. Villa really fancy this one now.Moments before El Ahmadi was replaced by Kozak.Benteke scores. What a header from the Belgian international. Krul attempts to claim the corner but Benteke is too big and powerful.Good ball from Lowton down the right. Coloccini clears.Cisse fouls Vlaar and Villa look to attack again. Luna certainly looks better attacking than defending.Ben Arfa leaves Luna for dead. His cross back is excellent and Anita and then Cisse's attempt is blocked.Luna's cross is blocked for a throw and Gouffran will come on in place of Remy.Cabaye with a deep corner but Debuchy volleys wide.Excellent attempt by Ben Arfa. Works the opening on his left foot and Guzan converts for a corner.Lowton playing further forward now but there is plenty of space behind. Remy is waiting.Cabaye finds space and plays in Cisse. His cross is blocked. Decent counter. Villa will have to be careful they don't fall further behind.Cabaye with a late one on Lowton. No arguments.Anita, Cabaye and Sissoko struggling to get going this half.What a chance. Weimann with an excellent delivery and Agbonlahor guides wide. It was put on a plate for him. Should be 1-1.Vlaar looks long for Benteke. Excellent control by the Belgian international but it is cleared.Agbonlahor is crowded out by three Newcastle defenders but he wins the ball back.Remy has a go from distance but that is easy for Guzan.Luna does well against Ben Arfa. Villa really winning the ball back well.Lowton can't combine with Weimann and Newcastle win a throw.Incredible decision by Luna. Will they regret that missed opportunity?Luna with a great chance but he elects to cross rather than shoot. What was he thinking?Villa look to have better width this half. Weimann wins a corner.Delph with a great ball to Luna and he wins Villa a throw.Benteke finds time down the right but El Ahmadi gives away a free kick.Delph looks for Benteke but it goes through to Krul.Westwood with the corner and it just evades Benteke.Villa win a corner straight away. Newcastle need to switch on.The teams are out and we are ready to start. Villa will kick off.And that's the whistle at the break. Alan Pardew will be delighted with his sides performance so far. Paul Lambert has all the work to do.Benteke attempts to power his way through down the left but that's a goal kick for Newcastle and it's been comfortable in the main for the away side.We will have three minutes of added time.Villa enjoying their best spell of the half win another throw near halfway.Wasteful from Benteke. He created some space down the left but his cross is tame.Weimann with a chance after excellent build up play but he drags it wide. Better from Villa.Easily Villa's best chance of the half.Side netting for Villa. Lowton with a cross down the right, Krul makes a mess of it and Clark hits the side netting. Decent chance.Yanga-Mbiwa receives a yellow for a late tackle on Benteke.Remy at the other end sends one over the bar.Luna plays Benteke in down the left but his right foot shot is blocked. Benteke only had a second before he was closed down.Santon breaks down the left with Remy and Newcastle build again. Cabaye gets involved and switches the play.Groans from the home side now as Guzan elects to go long again. Very flat from Villa so far.Cabaye with acres of space volleys over. No pressure on him though.Delph with a late challenge picks up the games first yellow card.Luna with a throw deep inside the Newcastle half but Weimann can't break into the area.Vlaar plays back to Guzan. No options in front of him.Ben Arfa tussling with Agbonlahor and Newcastle keep possession.Okore gets applauded down the tunnel and Newcastle win another throw.Clark on Okore off for Villa. Okore tried to continue.Cisse offside and Okore is down injured again.Guzan gets us going again. Really promising 30 minutes from Newcastle.Physio Alan Smith is on for Aston Villa. Okore in some discomfort.Lowton left Remy for dead then.Sissoko looks for Remy over the top but Okore does really well.Ben Arfa at the other end nearly found Cisse with a cross.Coloccini blocks Weimann after Agbonlahor found him in the area.Luna gets the better of Ben Arfa and Villa break.Villa continue to give the ball away very easily. Lambert will be concerned. The few times they have managed to keep the ball they look threatening.Benteke tries to fore his way through but Yanga-Mbiwa does really well and wins his side a free kick.Villa try to respond through Delph but the ball hits the back of Benteke's heel.Cisse this time flagged for offside down the left. Villa struggling to contain the Newcastle forwards.Newcastle certainly deserve the lead. Good cut back by Remy and the rest was easy.Ben Arfa converts from close range after good play by Remy down the left. El Ahmadi was caught in possession.Villa starting to look more comfortable now. They give it away again though and Lowton concedes a throw.Cabaye looks over the top following neat skill but Vlaar is equal to it.Agbonlahor uses his pace well but Coloccini wins a free kick. Good battle .Westwood takes it looking deep for Benteke but it goes out of play for a goal kick.Delph runs forward and is fouled. Free kick to Villa in a dangerous position.Lowton's throw is long and out of play. Weimann had made the run.Vlaar this time heads away only as far as Cisse but his shot is tame.Lowton wins the ball of Remy this time. The Newcastle man wanted a free kick and Villa break.Santon then down the left gets the better of Lowton and Cisse flicks over the bar.Villa again give the ball away but the flag is up against Cisse.Coloccini then with a long ball for Cisse but it runs out of play.Great start from Newcastle. The travelling fans will be more than happy so far.Cisse wins a throw near the Villa corner flag. Cabaye then whips a cross in but it's headed clear.Remy then storms into the area but Villa scramble clear. Certainly wasn't a penalty.Anita the deeper of the central midfielders with Cabaye just in front interchanging well.Lively start. Newcastle happy to play it out from the back but they can't get Remy involved so far.Agbonlahor then wins a corner on the counter. Westwood takes, looking for Benteke but Krul eventually claims.Coloccini with loads of time but he gives it away.Westwood with neat play looks for Weimann out wide but Debuchy cleans up well.Agbonlahor gets the crowd going but the ball runs out of play. Newcastle throw.Remy trying to get involved straight away but Villa holding a good line and Krul has it fort he away side.Powerful look to Newcastle's midfield and there is a couple of early touches for Cabaye.Newcastle will get us started, in the sunshine.It's been three weeks since Villa's last Premier League outing.And here come the teams.....If you want to get involved this afternoon you can. Send me a message via Twitter to @FootballMcD and I will post as many as possible.If you fancy a flutter this afternoon why not head over to our friends at Sky Bet http://www.skybet.com/Superb support for Newcastle United this afternoon as well.The atmosphere is really building at Villa Park.The big team news for Newcastle is that Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye both come into the team. Striker Remy, a summer loan signing from QPR, makes his maiden start for the Magpies and midfielder Cabay returns to the first XI after his proposed move to Arsenal failed to materialise, with the pair replacing Shola Ameobi and Sylvain Marveaux in the only changes from the 1-0 win over Fulham. For Villa, the sole adjustment from the 1-0 loss to Liverpool sees Karim El Ahmadi come in for Leandro Bacuna in midfield. Antonio Luna has been passed fit to play in defence and transfer deadline day signing Libor Kozak is named as a substitute.Both sides were unexpectedly involved in a relegation battle last season and have had tough starts to the new campaign, but there have also been signs of encouragement. Villa kicked off with a 3-1 win at Arsenal before being edged out by Chelsea and Liverpool, and will be raring to go after a three-week rest. Newcastle, meanwhile, ended their wait for a first league goal of the season last time out as Hatem Ben Arfa's strike sealed victory over Fulham and catapulted them into mid-table.Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Okore, Luna, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann. Subs: Clark, Bacuna, Helenius, Steer, Sylla, Tonev, Kozak.Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Anita, Sissoko, Remy, Cisse. Subs: Gouffran, Elliot, Marveaux, Tiote, Steven Taylor, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett.Good afternoon and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Aston Villa's Premier League clash against Newcastle United. Paul Lambert's men are going in search of their first home league win of the season, while the Magpies are looking for a first away victory in the top flight.
may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...
ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.
s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.