Sunday September 2, 2012 Day 3 Finished Sports Direct Arena

Newcastle United 1 - 1 Aston Villa

  • Ben Arfa 59’
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  1. Clark header helps Villa hold Newcastle

    Clark header helps Villa hold Newcastle

    Aston Villa collected their first Premier League point of the season courtesy of a spirited performance in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United. More

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    Time:90'
    • Newcastle United
    • Aston Villa
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    • 90+6' There goes the final whistle. A 1-1 draw. Villa will be happy with their performance. Well worth their point today.
    • 90+5' Guzan dives to bring off an excellent stop to deny Cabaye from distance. Excellent save to get across his goal.
    • 90+4' Holamn concedes a free-kick and is also booked for pulling back Marveaux as he bounded up the park. 25 yards from goal.
    • 90+2' A booking for Villa keeper Guzan for a spot of time-wasting. Perhaps a bit of a harsh call there.
    • 89' Going to be five minutes of added time to this match.
    • 88' Obertan with the chance to apply some pressure, but his cross is far too near Guzan and that is an easy take for the Villa goalkeeper.
    • 87' Obertan is brought on to take over from the tiring Demba Ba. Closing seconds here.
    • 86' Bannan picks out Clark on the run, but he rises to head will wide of goal. Decent marking by the home rearguard.
    • 85' Gutiérrez departs to be replaced by Marveaux for the home side.
    • 84' Gutiérrez is booked for blatantly pulling back N'Zogbia.
    • 83' Anita picks out Demba Ba, but his header is aimless as Guzan comes to collect.
    • 82' Bigirimana makes a superb block to deny Bent after Agbonlahor had given Coloccini the slip in a foot race.
    • 81' Ireland and Anita battling for the ball in the corner flag. Decision goes the way of Newcaslte and Krul can sweep it long down the park.
    • 80' Bigirimana dinks a free-kick straight out of play as he failed to pick out the run of Taylor.
    • 79' Lowton in the right place to head out the cross by Cabaye. This is all very promising for Villa hitting on the break.
    • 78' Chance for Ireland on the volley, but he slams the ball wide of goal from just inside the box. Great chance for Ireland to give Villa a 2-1 lead.
    • 77' Holman linking well with Ireland. Villa content to go backwards to keep the ball. Newcastle pressing the ball.
    • 76' Given looking a serious figure on the bench for the visiting side. Guzan has performed well here today.
    • 75' Vlaar stands tall to head the ball out of the Villa box. The visitors looking a bit leggy here. Brave keeping by Guzan to win the ball at the feet of Ba.
    • 74' Anita forced to head the ball clear ahead of Holman before Anita denies Bent getting a free header on goal. Villa continue to carry a threat here.
    • 73' Cabaye takes Newcastle's eighth corner. Demba Ba loops a header over the bar seconds later. Demba Ba with 16 Premier League goals last term.
    • 72' Holman is going to stay on here as N'Zogbia is brought on to replace the injured El Ahmadi.
    • 71' Appeals for a handball against Lowton from Coloccini's cross. Meanwhile, El Ahmadi is down on the deck and needing a visit from matron.
    • 70' Cabaye's corner is over the head of Taylor at the back post. Newcastle pick up the scraps outside of the area.
    • 69' Almost like taking a left hook to the face that one. Meanwhile, Charles N'Zogbia is getting ready to come back on.
    • 68' Ben Arfa smashes the ball off the face of Bent. That was a painful for Bent, who is in a spot of trouble out there.
    • 67' Demba Ba smashes a shot against Vlaar from distance. Hopeful is the best word to describe that. Newcastle beginning to see more of the ball.
    • 66' Ben Arfa slips a free-kick over the bar with the side of his foot. Should have stuck his laces through that one.
    • 65' Agbonlahor is going to be introduced to take over from Weimann here.
    • 64' Chance for Cisse, but he just overcooks the pass looking for the run of Colocinni on the run. Suddenly the home side looking a lot more vibrant.
    • 63' Hatem Ben Arfa scores Newcastle’s 999th Premier League goal to equalise. The crowd demanding the 1,000th goal.
    • 62' Game really beginning to open up now. Villa can feel hard done by to be level here. This game well and truly in the balance.
    • 61' That was a stunning strike and has really lifted the home crowd. Lovely move by Villa in response. But Wiemann knocks the shot straight into the grasp of Krul.
    • 60' GOAL! Ben Arfa smashes an unstoppable shot beyond Guzan from 25 yards out. No chance for the Villa keeper. From nowhere, Newcastle are level at 1-1.
    • 59' Ireland drives a shot at goal from distance, but easy enough take for Krul in the home goal.
    • 58' Holman tries to find Cabaye, but Anita was in the way to make the interception on the edge of his box.
    • 57' Brave goalkeeping by Guzan to come off his line to collect the ball from Ben Arfa's pass. Solid piece of handling by the Villa man.
    • 56' Newcastle have scored 998 goals in Premier League history, but would be happy with one today the way this one is working out.
    • 55' Anita concedes the corner as he nods behind from Weimann's cross. Bannan's delivery is headed high over his bar by Bent.
    • 54' Lambert looking very much like Martin O'Neill in the visiting technical area. Plenty of pointing of his fingers and cajoling of his troops.
    • 53' Ben Arfa gets a header on target from Anita's cross. Plenty of punch on the header, but a comfortable save by Guzan in the goal.
    • 52' Decent play by Ireland before Weimann knocks it out of play. Poor, sloppy play.
    • 51' Bent sees a shot charged down as Villa continue their promising start to the second period. A real bite about some of these Villa challenges today.
    • 50' Villa lead at half-time for the third time in their last eight Premier League away matches. They have failed to turn the other two in victories (both ended up 1-1; at Liverpool in April, and Blackburn in March).
    • 49' Ben Arfa decides to try his luck from 35 yards, but he blasts that shot well wide of goal. A bit ambitious and then some.
    • 48' Newcastle struggling to get the ball out of their box as Villa win another corner to be floated in by Bannan. Demba Ba gets it clear before Krul plucks a cross out of the air.
    • 47' Taylor forced to knock the ball behind in his own goal for a corner after some decent work by Holman.
    • 46' We are off and running in this second period. Newcastle get the action started.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break! A 1-0 lead for the visitors. Work to be done by Newcastle in the second period.
    • 45+1' Cisse nods wide of goal from Anita's cross ball. Villa for once caught out in defence, but they survive that scare. Should head for the break with the lead.
    • 44' Anita drops a cross well out of the park from wide of the right. Really poor delivery and we are almost at the half-time mark here.
    • 43' Wiemann prods a lob over the head of Krul, but just wide of the goal. That would have been some finish if he had got that on target.
    • 42' An offside flag goes up against Cisse. Vlaar steps up to play him offside.
    • 41' Ciaran Clark scores Villa's 46th Premier League goal by an Irishman, overtaking Wales's 45 goals for the club. Of all non-English nationalities scoring for Villa only Trinidad & Tobago have more - 62.
    • 40' Pardew has lost his jacket. Warm day on Tyneside as Ba thumps a raking long range effort into the arms of Guzan, who continues to cut a steady figure.
    • 39' Lowton taken out of the game late by Santon and that will be a free-kick to the visitors that Guzan can thump long down the park.
    • 38' Cisse sets up Demba Ba with a header down. Ba screws the shot wide of goal. Was never really threatening the goal from that angle.
    • 37' Bigirimana has been wheeled on to take over from the injured Simpson. Villa on the ball again as they try to keep the door shut before the break.
    • 36' Looks like Simpson has run his race for the day. Alan Pardew giving Demba Ba a few words of encouragement. Newcastle will have to shuffle their pack here.
    • 35' Simpson is on the deck and in need of some treatment here. Doesn't look too clever here. May be a hamstring strain.
    • 34' Gutierrez tries to send a ball spinning down the Villa right-back area, but overhits the ball by some distance. Easy, easy take for Guzman.
    • 33' Lambert trying to get his side to focus on the business in hand here. Bannan tries to slow down the action in the middle of the park.
    • 32' Gutierrez showing some fine, fine footwork. Comes up with a decent enough cross, but Guzan is off his line to clasp the loose ball. We remain at 1-0 in Villa's favour.
    • 31' Brilliant instinctive stop by Guzan to stop an effort from Cisse hitting the net before Anita drives a shot wide of goal. Villa almost punished for some unsure defending.
    • 30' Villa have failed to win in their last 12 Premier League matches, which they last set in the top flight in 1986-87. If they don’t win today they will set a new outright club record for matches without a league victory.
    • 29' Ben Arfa sticks a free-kick straight into the paws of Guzan. Disappointing delivery for Newcastle and then some.
    • 28' El Ahmadi goes through Simpson with a crunching late tackle, and rightly picks up a booking for his lateness.
    • 27' Just saw that incident in the penalty box when Demba Ba appealed for a foul. Referee quite right to wave play on. Lichaj just standing his ground.
    • 26' Cabaye dinks the ball into the middle of the Villa box from the free-kick, but Taylor can't direct the shot goalwards. Goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 25' Ben Arfa swings the ball in, but that is so, so easy for Bent to make the clearing header.
    • 24' Ball goes out for a corner to the home side after Demba Ba had appealed in vain for a penalty in the box.
    • 23' Clark's seventh goal for Aston Villa. Can't say that goal wasn't coming. Villa were causing the home side a lot of problems before that moment.
    • 22' GOAL! Clark scores a header from close range and Villa have the lead. A deserved lead for the visitors. Brilliant cross by Bannan. Superb finish.
    • 21' These are really promising moments for Villa. Five or six minutes of real pressure from Villa. Starting to settle into the match.
    • 20' Bent takes up another decent position in the Newcastle area. Beats Coloccini, but the shot is weak as Krul makes a comfortable stop.
    • 19' Decent stop by Krul to halt a Bent shot before Coloccini makes a vital diving tackle to stop Weimann tapping the rebound into the empty net.
    • 18' Paul Lambert not giving the ball back from some reason at the side of the park. That could land him in a bit of bother. The fourth official has a word with the Villa boss.
    • 17' Ben Arfa over a free-kick out wide. Swings the ball into the area. Nice control by Demba Ba but he overuns the ball and Villa can clear the danger.
    • 16' Santon takes a tumble in the home box, but never a penalty. Bit of a dive with Lowton standing up well to the challenge.
    • 15' Ireland dinks the ball down the park with Coloccini caught upfield, but Santon nods the ball back to Krul.
    • 14' Clark heads away a hopeful Simpson cross. All very predictable so far from Newcastle. Villa content to let them play in front of their defence.
    • 13' Brad Guzan starts instead of Shay Given for Aston Villa. He has started six previous Premier League matches for Villa, keeping one clean sheet.
    • 12' Offside flag goes up against Cisse. Early days, but Villa will be none too displeased with how this match has started.
    • 11' Newcastle again on the ball at the halfway line. Vlaar hammers the ball long down the park. No shots on goal at either end.
    • 10' Cabaye with a long hopeful ball into the heart of the Villa area, but Guzan is out quickly to snap up the loose ball in the air.
    • 9' Demba Ba tries to slide the ball through to Cisse, but he is crowded out by several Villa players. Decent piece of defending by the visitors.
    • 8' Ben Arfa again takes up a decent position in the Newcastle half, but the delivery is poor as Guzan plucks it out the air with some ease.
    • 7' Lovely change of pace by Ben Arfa. Appeals for a free-kick after Arfa went to ground, but the referee waves play on. Villa working hard here.
    • 6' Shay Given looking on after he was dropped to the bench by manager Paul Lambert to be replaced by Brad Guzan in goal today. Not sure he would have taken that too well. Villa trying to gain a foothold in the home half.
    • 5' Lowton on the charge down a flank, but can't keep the ball in play and Newcastle can play the ball out their own half.
    • 4' Darren Bent makes his milestone 200th Premier League start. He has failed to score in his last four league appearances against Newcastle, since netting for Sunderland in their 5-1 loss at Newcastle in October 2010.
    • 3' Cabaye throws a lovely free-kick into the heart of the area. Coloccini goes to ground in the Villa box. Slight appeals for a penalty. Lichaj seemed to be pulling his jersey, but would have been soft.
    • 2' Odds for this one today: Newcastle (4/6), Aston Villa (5/1), Draw (11/4). Newcastle immediately on the front foot.
    • 1' Villa get this match off and running. Strong favourites to win this match today.
    • 15.55 Teams in the tunnel in Newcastle. Both sides in their traditional shirts for this one. Gorgeous afternoon for football it must be said.
    • 15.50 The Magpies have won six and lost just one of their last 11 Premier League home games against Aston Villa. The Villans are now on a run of 12 league games without a victory - won 0 drawn five and lost seven.
    • 15.45 Newcastle have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League home games (won eight - drew two - lost one). Aston Villa have won none of their last nine Premier League away matches (won 0 - drawn four - lost five), a run which started with defeat at St James's Park.
    • 15.40 Paul Lambert (Aston Villa) has a warning for younger players: "Some young players, not all, think if they play two or three Premier League games, they’ve arrived. If somebody plays 600 or 500 games, yes, then I might think you have. That’s why I’ve got great admiration for people like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs because every year they produce and produce and produce, whether they are getting £8 a week or £80,000 a week. I don’t like young players coming in and thinking they’ve arrived."
    • 15.35 Alan Pardew (Newcastle) on owner Mike Ashley keeping the club's main players during the transfer window: "You have to pay a lot of respect to Mike, the owner here, because he could have cashed in on one of our big players. We have had a couple of phone calls during the window and Mike has been pretty adamant that everybody stays. I thank him for that and our fans should thank him too because we are not as affluent as some other clubs."
    • 15.30 Aston Villa newcomer Joe Bennett is not included at the Sports Direct Arena on Sunday despite the left-back making the switch from Middlesbrough in midweek in a £2.5million deal plus add-ons. Defender Ciaran Clark returns after serving a one match suspension. Clark was ruled out of the midweek Capital One Cup win over Tranmere after being red-carded against Everton last weekend.
    • 15.25 Newcastle United will be without Ryan Taylor, who is set to be missing with the knee injury he suffered during the Europa League win over Atromitos. James Perch is also missing due to injury. There is a place on the substitutes bench for 18-year-old Gael Bigirimana, who was signed from Coventry City last summer.
    • 15.20 Aston Villa: Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Eric Lichaj; Brett Holman, Karim El Ahamadi, Stephen Ireland, Barry Bannan; Andreas Weimann, Darren Bent..subs: Shay Given, Nathan Baker, Derrick Williams, Graham Burke, Charles N'Zogbia, Jordan Bowery, Gabriel Agbonlahor
    • 15.20 Teams: Newcastle United: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse..substitutes: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux
    • 15.15 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Newcastle United against Aston Villa from the Sports Direct Arena in the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 90+5' Guzan dives to bring off an excellent stop to deny Cabaye from distance. Excellent save to get across his goal.
    • 78' Chance for Ireland on the volley, but he slams the ball wide of goal from just inside the box. Great chance for Ireland to give Villa a 2-1 lead.
    • 74' Anita forced to head the ball clear ahead of Holman before Anita denies Bent getting a free header on goal. Villa continue to carry a threat here.
    • 61' That was a stunning strike and has really lifted the home crowd. Lovely move by Villa in response. But Wiemann knocks the shot straight into the grasp of Krul.
    • 45+1' Cisse nods wide of goal from Anita's cross ball. Villa for once caught out in defence, but they survive that scare. Should head for the break with the lead.
    • 31' Brilliant instinctive stop by Guzan to stop an effort from Cisse hitting the net before Anita drives a shot wide of goal. Villa almost punished for some unsure defending.
    • 22' GOAL! Clark scores a header from close range and Villa have the lead. A deserved lead for the visitors. Brilliant cross by Bannan. Superb finish.
    • 20' Bent takes up another decent position in the Newcastle area. Beats Coloccini, but the shot is weak as Krul makes a comfortable stop.
    • 19' Decent stop by Krul to halt a Bent shot before Coloccini makes a vital diving tackle to stop Weimann tapping the rebound into the empty net.
    • 15.20 Aston Villa: Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Eric Lichaj; Brett Holman, Karim El Ahamadi, Stephen Ireland, Barry Bannan; Andreas Weimann, Darren Bent..subs: Shay Given, Nathan Baker, Derrick Williams, Graham Burke, Charles N'Zogbia, Jordan Bowery, Gabriel Agbonlahor
    • 15.20 Teams: Newcastle United: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse..substitutes: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux
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