Sunday February 23, 2014 Day 27 Finished St James' Park

  1. Premier League - Last-gasp Remy ends Newcastle's home hoodoo

    Premier League - Last-gasp Remy ends Newcastle's home hoodoo

    Loic Remy marked his return from suspension in style as his last-gasp winner brought an end to Newcastle's home hoodoo with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa. More

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    Time:90'
    • Newcastle United
    • Aston Villa
    • - RATINGS - NEWCASTLE: Krul 7, Debuchy 7, Williamson 6, Coloccini 6, Dummett 7, Sissoko 7, Tiote 7, Anita 6, Gouffran 6, Remy 8, Cisse 5. Subs: de Jong 6, Gosling 5. /// VILLA: Guzan 7, Bacuna 7, Vlaar 6, Baker 6, Bertrand 6, Westwood 7, Delph 6, El Ahmadi 6, Weimann 6, Benteke 6, Agbonlahor 7. Subs: Sylla 6, Bennett 5.
    • - MOTM: Loic Remy (Newcastle): The striker was a constant threat throughout and shrugged off a glaring miss when he struck the post two minutes from the end, to thump home a dramatic winner in stoppage time.
    • 90+4' FT: Newcastle 1-0 Villa. Remy's last-gasp goal gives Newcastle the three points and ends a run of five straight home defeats.
    • 90+3' GOAL!!!!!! Remy finds space in the area, turns his man and lashes high into the net! Surely that is the winner now as St James' Park erupts.
    • 90+2' Newcastle still pushing. Can they carve out one last chance?
    • 90+1' A Newcastle corner drops to Gosling who smashes a shot way over the top.
    • 90' Newcastle must be wondering what they have done to deserve such bad luck. A cast-iron penalty turned down and a sitter for your top scorer late on that he can only smash against the post. but still they come forward...
    • 89' NEWCASTLE sub: Dan Gosling on for Tiote.
    • 88' OFF THE POST! A huge error from Vlaar sees de Jong win the ball in the area and tee up Remy whose shot smashes against the far post. Big miss.
    • 87' Another lightning Villa break ends with Agbonlahor firing a terrible pass straight at a Magpies defender.
    • 86' The crowd are really up for it now, they are screaming for the home team to give it one last push to get this elusive winner.
    • 85' Weimann shoots... what a poor effort with Agbonlahor better placed.
    • 84' It's really stretched out there. You really wouldn't rule out a winner as Villa surge forward.
    • 83' De Jong gets clear as Sissoko breaks free down the left, but the striker doesn't time his run well and is flagged offside as he slots home what should have been a goal. Poor reading of the line by the two Newcastle men.
    • 82' More Newcastle pressure sees Williamson's header at goal deflected away.
    • 81' PENALTY SHOUT! Coloccini chases a loose ball in the area and as Bacuna tries to clear it definitely strikes his hand. But the ref says no spot kick. Big call.
    • 80' END TO END! Benteke fails to put Agbonlahor clear in a three on two situation, allowing Newcastle to launch their own counter. Remy leads the charge and drills in a shot that Guzan is forced to beat away at his near post.
    • 79' Gouffran fires in the free kick but it's a poor attempt that smashes straight into the wall. His follow up shot is also blocked and Villa are able to break.
    • 78' Remy wriggles his way beyond Vlaar on the edge of the box and wins a free kick in a very good position for the home team.
    • 78' VILLA SUB: Joe Bennett on for Bertrand.
    • 77' Remy shots from distance... poor effort.
    • 76' The Newcastle crowd have been very patient today but the frustration is starting to boil over and it's transmitting itself to the pitch. It's not helping the Magpies players who are looking more and more anxious.
    • 75' Delph tries his luck from 35 yards but completely chokes his shot and it dribbles harmlessly wide.
    • 74' STAT: Only Fulham (17) have conceded more league goals in 2014 than Newcastle (14).
    • 73' Debuchy fires a hopeful ball into the area from a deep position that Guzan comes and gathers under no pressure.
    • 72' Bertrand lucky not to pick up a booking after a nasty foul on the touchline.
    • 71' NEWCASTLE SUB: Luuk de Jong on for Cisse.
    • 70' Just over 20 minutes or so left for one of these teams to find a winning goal. Newcastle have looked the more likely in this second period.
    • 69' TIOTE BOOKED. A silly foul from the Magpies man who barges into Delph right in front of the ref. Only one outcome in the end.
    • 68' It comes to nothing and the home team earn a free kick.
    • 67' Villa set to load a free kick from just inside the Newcastle half into the home team's area.
    • 66' STAT: Tiote has attempted the most direct shots without scoring in this season's Premier League. His effort against Manchester City six weeks was controversially disallowed.
    • 65' Tiote shoots from distance... easy for Guzan.
    • 64' CLOSE! Dummett nods down to Sissoko and then picks up the return pass before arcing a powerful effort just over the top.
    • 63' Dummett delivers the corner to the far post where Williamson tries an acrobatic volley but completely misses the ball.
    • 62' Anita clips a lovely ball to the flank for Debuchy who tricks his man before firing in a low ball that is knocked for a corner at the near post.
    • 61' VILLA CHANGE: Yacouba Sylla on for Westwood, who looks to have picked up a knock and heads straight down the tunnel.
    • 60' STAT: Villa's total of 28 points from 26 matches is their second-worst in the Premier League era, after last season 24 points.
    • 59' Second half possession: Newcastle 60 per cent - Villa 40 per cent.
    • 58' Villa launch a rapid counter that sees Agbonlahor showcase that explosive pace. Credit to Gouffran, however, who chases back and prevents the visitors from making the most of a good opening.
    • 57' Paul Dummett fires it into the mix but Vlaar is there to nod away.
    • 56' More Newcastle pressure results in another corner.
    • 55' Cisse finds space on the right and tries to turn inside but Baker is having none if it and slides in with a perfect tackle, allowing the rest of his defence to get back and regroup.
    • 54' JUST WIDE! Sissoko causes havoc down the left and teases a pass into Remy whose back heel eventually makes its way to Gouffran, but his low shot sizzles past the far post.
    • 53' Poor delivery from Westwood as he fails to beat the first man. Newcastle clear their lines with relative ease.
    • 52' Benteke upended by Tiote. Chance for Villa to float one into the area courtesy of Ashley Westwood.
    • 51' PHOTO: Bacuna challenges Gouffran.
      Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna (L) challenges Newcastle United's Yohan Gouffran (Reuters)
      Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna (L) challenges Newcastle United's Yohan Gouffran (Reuters)
    • 50' It's been a low key start to this second half. Nothing has happened of any note whatsoever.
    • 49' PHOTO: It's been a good battle in the midfield thus far.
    • 48' More drama at Anfield within minutes of the restart.
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    • 47' STAT: Newcastle have lost six of their last eight league matches and their only goals in that spell came in a 3-1 win at West Ham.
    • 46' KICK OFF! Villa restart the contest.
    • 45+3' HT: Newcastle 0-0 Villa. Cisse's terrible miss in first-half injury time ensures it remains all square at the break.
    • 45+2' WHAT A MISS! Remy races onto a clever reverse pass on the left side of the area and unselfishly puts it on a plate for Cisse who contrives to blaze over from eight yards out.
    • 45+1' Benteke powers beyond Coloccini on the right but his dangerous low ball is well read by Mathieu Debuchy who prevents the corner before firing a ball down field.
    • 45' Three minutes added for those injury stoppages.
    • 44' JUST WIDE! Remy steps up and curls the free-kick inches past the post. A good effort from the Frenchman.
    • 43' BOOKING. Vlaar picks up a yellow card for hauling down Remy on the edge of the box after some superb trickery from the striker. Dangerous position this for Newcastle to try and exploit.
    • 42' Gouffran is back on the pitch and almost returns with a bang. Another probing pass from Tiote finds him in space on the left side of the area, but he shows too much to Bacuna who manages to get the tackle in.
    • 41' Gouffran has left the field and is receiving further treatment on the touchline. Villa restart the game but the attack comes to nothing.
    • 40' STAT: Pardew's side have had fewer goalscorers this season than any other side in the league (8).
    • 39' Another stoppage for an injury as Gouffran receives treatment on the pitch.
    • 38' Back up the other end and it's a Newcastle corner... good defending by Benteke who thumps a header well clear of his own penalty area.
    • 37' There's been a fifth goal at Anfield, but which way has it gone?
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    • 36' The corner hits a Newcastle defender and falls for Weimann who can't get a shot away. Let off the hosts.
    • 35' A slight delay as Nathan Baker picks up a knock. He'll go off for treatment and miss the corner.
    • 34' Agbonlahor terrorises the Geordie rearguard once again, skipping beyond three before seeing a low shot deflect for a corner. He's been very bright so far this afternoon.
    • 33' The corner finds it way to Cisse at the far post who jinks his way beyond one before cutting back a low ball that is straight at a Villa body.
    • 32' Cisse shows sublime technique to kill the ball dead and then feed Moussa Sissoko on the right, who in turn wins a corner when his attempted cross is charged down.
    • 31' Coloccini wins the ball back but then angles a hopeful long ball over the top that gives Yoan Gouffran no chance. Easy for Guzan to come and gather at the edge of his area.
    • 30' After a rapid start, Newcastle are beginning to fade. Some sloppy passing is gifting easy possession to Villa who look the more dangerous.
    • 29' STAT: Paul Lambert has a lower win percentage in the Premier League at Aston Villa (26.6%) than he did at Norwich City as manager in the competition (31.6%).
    • 28' Incredibly it's now 2-2 at Anfield!
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    • 27' Bacuna curls it over the wall but it lacks any real pace and Krul eventually gathers after a minor fumble.
    • 26' Free kick to Villa after a rash foul by Tiote. It's 30 yards out and Bacuna is over it.
    • 25' STAT: Aston Villa are one short of 50 top-flight wins against Newcastle.
    • 24' A lovely flick header by Cisse looks to release Remy but the Frenchman is flagged offside, much to Villa's relief.
    • 23' A belter of a game taking place at Anfield where it's now 2-1 to the hosts. Former red Jonjo Shelvey reducing the arrears for the Swans.
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    • 22' Another break down the Villa right ends with a ball into the box that Delph looks all set to meet on the volley, but some great, last-ditch defending just pips him to it.
    • 21' CLOSE! Agbonlahor is given too much space 25 yards from goal and unleashes a thumping shot that arrows inches over the bar.
    • 20' LATEST: Liverpool 2-0 Swansea. Jordan Henderson on target.
    • 19' Agbonlahor with a chance... but he blasts it straight at Tim Krul from just inside the box and the keeper is able to push it up and away from the danger zone.
    • 18' It's end to end here now, with Villa posing more of a threat as the half wears on.
    • 17' Villa cut Newcastle open down the right on two quickfire occasions with El Ahmadi fizzing a brace of dangerous balls right across the six yard box. Unfortunately for Lambert and co there is no-one in place to take advantage in either situation.
    • 16' STAT: Aston Villa have played the highest proportion of their passes long in the Premier League this season (16.7%).
    • 15' Remy's looking lively, if not just a little bit rusty. Once again he picks up the ball just outside the area and pulls the trigger with a shot that drags a few yards off target.
    • 14' Newcastle respond and Remy exchanges a one-two that sees him explode into the area on the left side, but he's well watched by Bacuna who just eases him off the ball.
    • 13' The visitors pour forward on the counter attack and shift it into the area for Benteke. The Belgian striker dummies a shot and then dithers, allowing Newcastle to get back and drown out the danger.
    • 12' Remy surges down the right and looks to skip beyond Vlaar but it's great defending by the Villa skipper. A vital interception.
    • 11' Another firm header to safety by Ron Vlaar offers Villa some respite and they are able to break to the halfway line.
    • 10' The hosts pepper the Villa goal with a series of testing crosses. The third picks out Cisse who tests Guzan with a rasping low shot that the stopper can't hold. Villa hack it clear and it's another corner to the Magpies.
    • 9' Fast-paced play down the right for Newcastle results in a corner. Villa wobbling a bit under this early pressure.
    • 8' STAT: The Magpies have lost their last four Premier League games at St James' Park without scoring. In total they have gone six hours and 10 minutes without a home goal, their longest barren run since a 686-minute drought in 2007.
    • 7' Elsewhere today, Liverpool are off to a flyer in their home clash with Swansea. Daniel Sturridge has given them a third minute lead.
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    • 6' Tiote fires a long ball over the top for Remy to chase but Guzan is out to hack it clear just outside his area. Good play by the keeper.
    • 5' Leandro Bacuna steps up and curls a decent effort just off target.
    • 4' Back up the other end and Villa have a dangerous free kick 30 to 35 yards out.
    • 3' Tiote wins the ball off Fabian Delph deep in Villa territory and feeds Remy on the edge of the box. The Frenchman doesn't need asking twice and fizzes in a low shot that Brad Guzan does well to hold down to his right.
    • 2' Prior to kick off their was a minute of applause in memory of England legend Tom Finney and former Newcastle midfielder, Nigel Walker.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Newcastle get us underway.
    • 13.25 Newcastle looking to end a run of four straight defeats at home and pick up the three points that would see them leapfrog Southampton into eighth. A victory for Villa would move them to within six points of the Magpies and edge them seven points clear of the drop zone. So, it's all to play for as the two teams prepare to make their way onto the pitch.
    • 13.20 STAT: Aston Villa have taken 17 points from 13 away league games - the best record of any of the bottom 11 clubs.
    • 13.15 RECENT ENCOUNTERS: Newcastle are undefeated in their previous seven home matches with Villa, winning on four of those occasions. The last time the Villans triumphed at St James' Park was back in 2005 when they ran out 3-0 victors. The home team finished with eight men that day.
    • 13.10 The hosts will be hoping the return of Remy can inspire a change in fortune in front of goal.
    • 13.05 STAT: Alan Pardew's men are looking to complete the league double over Villa for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
    • 13.00 Paul Lambert on his side's warm weather training: "It was good to get away (to Portugal). I don't think the weather was too great here while we were gone so that was good from our perspective. The he lads worked hard, which was the main objective of it. Because of the weather, you can do things over there more so than you can do over here - especially when you consider the wind and the amount of rain back home."
    • 12.55 Alan Pardew: "I’m surprised by (Lambert's criticism of Newcastle's fans this week). He might regret saying that after the game. In terms of where I am with the players - I have made it clear to them what their responsibility is; to the fans and the city. And that needs to be reflected today... It (The defeat by Tottenham) wasn’t good enough for me and shouldn’t be good enough for our fans. I understand all of that. Trust me, I wasn’t happy either.”
    • 12.50 As for Villa, Paul Lambert's side have benefitted from some warm weather training in Portugal and the Scot makes two changes to his side. Karim El Ahmadi and Andreas Weimann replace Joe Bennett and Marc Albrighton. The Midlands outfit will deploy a 4-5-1 switching to a 4-3-3 on the counter. Christian Benteke will assume the central attacking role.
    • 12.45 Newcastle are given a lift by the return of a trio of big players. Top scorer, Loic Remy (11 goals) is thrown straight into the starting XI after serving a three-match ban while Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote are back from injury. It's a 4-4-2 for Alan Pardew's men with Remy joining Papiss Cisse in attack.
    • 12.41 CONFIRMED TEAMS - NEWCASTLE: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran, Remy, Cisse... Subs: Elliott, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, S.Taylor, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, de Jong. /// VILLA: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor... Subs: Steer, Sylla, Holt, Clark, Albrighton, Tonev, Bennett.
    • 12.40 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE text coverage of Newcastle's Premier League clash with Aston Villa at St James' Park. The Magpies are on a run of just four points from 24, while Villa have won twice in their last 12 games.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' GOAL!!!!!! Remy finds space in the area, turns his man and lashes high into the net! Surely that is the winner now as St James' Park erupts.
    • 88' OFF THE POST! A huge error from Vlaar sees de Jong win the ball in the area and tee up Remy whose shot smashes against the far post. Big miss.
    • 81' PENALTY SHOUT! Coloccini chases a loose ball in the area and as Bacuna tries to clear it definitely strikes his hand. But the ref says no spot kick. Big call.
    • 80' END TO END! Benteke fails to put Agbonlahor clear in a three on two situation, allowing Newcastle to launch their own counter. Remy leads the charge and drills in a shot that Guzan is forced to beat away at his near post.
    • 69' TIOTE BOOKED. A silly foul from the Magpies man who barges into Delph right in front of the ref. Only one outcome in the end.
    • 64' CLOSE! Dummett nods down to Sissoko and then picks up the return pass before arcing a powerful effort just over the top.
    • 54' JUST WIDE! Sissoko causes havoc down the left and teases a pass into Remy whose back heel eventually makes its way to Gouffran, but his low shot sizzles past the far post.
    • 45+2' WHAT A MISS! Remy races onto a clever reverse pass on the left side of the area and unselfishly puts it on a plate for Cisse who contrives to blaze over from eight yards out.
    • 44' JUST WIDE! Remy steps up and curls the free-kick inches past the post. A good effort from the Frenchman.
    • 43' BOOKING. Vlaar picks up a yellow card for hauling down Remy on the edge of the box after some superb trickery from the striker. Dangerous position this for Newcastle to try and exploit.
    • 21' CLOSE! Agbonlahor is given too much space 25 yards from goal and unleashes a thumping shot that arrows inches over the bar.
    • 3' Tiote wins the ball off Fabian Delph deep in Villa territory and feeds Remy on the edge of the box. The Frenchman doesn't need asking twice and fizzes in a low shot that Brad Guzan does well to hold down to his right.
    • 12.41 CONFIRMED TEAMS - NEWCASTLE: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran, Remy, Cisse... Subs: Elliott, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, S.Taylor, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, de Jong. /// VILLA: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor... Subs: Steer, Sylla, Holt, Clark, Albrighton, Tonev, Bennett.

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      6.1 7
      Midfielders
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  1. Mighty Blues have never done Birmingham proud there a­ slur on the name of Birmingham, never been a Lambert­ fan but I don't blame him, I blame the 2500 Villa­ fans who chanted his name at Norwich on the final day­ of the season 2011/12, for the mess we find ourselves­ in, managing Norwich is one thing, managing Villa is a­ totally different thing, and trying to do it on the­ cheap isn't working, out of all Lambert's­ signings other then Benteke who has worked out? and I­ am starting to wonder if he was a one season wonder,­ this guy is not deserving of another 3 year contract,­ dump him in the summer and bring in a manager who can­ actually start playing some football, and will stand up­ to Mr Lerner and tell him exactly what and how to get­ this club going in the right direction, because if we­ don't then next season we will be relegated with­ Lambert in charge.

    From craig, on Mon 24 Feb 13:53
  2. Dear me the Vile have lost again, looks like the mighty­ Blues have done the Midlands proud again, KRO.

    From John, on Sun 23 Feb 20:22
  3. Keep your shirt on Remy and you'll truly earn MOTM­ honors.

    From Rich W, on Sun 23 Feb 16:53
  4. Suprise suprise VILLA are beaten yet again, And still­ the manager keeps his job it just does not make any­ sense that he is STILL there, Just think of all the­ money that will be lost if they are relegated. What­ other manager is going to want the job ?

    From James, on Sun 23 Feb 15:53
  5. we are going down, probably best too

    From Emily, on Sun 23 Feb 15:48
  6. Unlucky Villa---did enough for a point!

    From Bob P, on Sun 23 Feb 15:26
  7. For #$%$ sake Villa.

    From Paul, on Sun 23 Feb 15:24
  8. Come on you geordie wassocks you should be this trash­ from villa park. i want villa to get relegated. ­ up the blue noses keep right on to­ the end of the road. to all you blue noses that­ jumped ship to support villa #$%$. You suck

    From stephen, on Sun 23 Feb 15:24
  9. Aaw! Thanks Loic, get the man signed up Newcastle. ­ Anne x

    From ANNE, on Sun 23 Feb 15:23
  10. meh, penalty.

    From ...!., on Sun 23 Feb 15:11
  11. Come on Remy please give me a goal! Anne x

    From ANNE, on Sun 23 Feb 15:07
  12. 7 goals at Anfield and they're showing this bore­ live lol

    From N W, on Sun 23 Feb 15:06
  13. Come on Newcastle!!! We need a goal, Anne x

    From ANNE, on Sun 23 Feb 14:50
  14. Cisse will never score with wings on his Shirt.

    From First L, on Sun 23 Feb 14:50
  15. If I wanted to know about Liverpool I would be watching­ Liverpool. Stop pratting about!!!

    From , on Sun 23 Feb 14:41
  16. Two of the most overrated 'managers' in the­ game; just thought I would clear something up, you­ can't get a 'live' game of football between­ these two teams, heck neither manager knows the 1st­ thing about it. Only saying lol.

    From bobby, on Sun 23 Feb 14:38
  17. Both teams will be content to preserve their­ nothingness with a nilz-each draw and 1 point­ consolation prize?

    From Yeah_Right, on Sun 23 Feb 14:32
  18. 2 Useless lost causes here in these teams

    From Michael, on Sun 23 Feb 14:22
  19. Cisse on a sitter and he MISSES. He`s absolutely­ USELESS!

    From no-one-is-no-one, on Sun 23 Feb 14:20
  20. no use having all the play if you do not score

    From Gerald, on Sun 23 Feb 13:49
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