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September 14, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 37554‎
 
67′ C. Benteke
 
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Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa
Newcastle United
Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa
Newcastle United
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Karim El Ahmadi
Karim El Ahmadi
Aston Villa
Karim El Ahmadi
Karim El Ahmadi
Aston Villa

Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle: Late Gouffran winner lifts Pardew's men

The Magpies secured a valuable away win at Villa Park to lift their spirits after a difficult summer transfer window, sealing the points after Christian Benteke leveled things up

By Tom J Doyle

Andreas Weimann & Moussa Sissoko, Aston Villa v Newcastle United , EPL
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A second-half strike from Yoan Gouffran gave Newcastle United its second Premier League win of the season as it beat Aston Villa 2-1.

The French substitute struck 17 minutes from time to secure victory for Alan Pardew's men after Christian Benteke had cancelled out Hatem Ben Arfa's early opener.

The Magpies headed into the contest after an international break that has seen supporters voice their anger at the lack of signings by owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear.

But the old guard produced the goods at Villa Park as the visitors extended Villa's streak without a Premier League clean sheet to a staggering 27 matches.

The visitors were rewarded for their early dominance after 18 minutes, when Ben Arfa slammed home from point-blank range after Papiss Cisse had flicked Loic Remy's left-wing cross into his path.

Both sides continued to push forward following the opener, with Remy at the fore for Pardew's men as his pace caused plenty of problems for the Villa defense.

Lambert was forced to adjust his side just before the half-hour mark when Jores Okore limped off to be replaced by Ciaran Clark.

The hosts found their feet shortly before the interval and they were unfortunate not to level, Weimann hitting the side-netting after Tim Krul had failed to deal with a Matt Lowton cross, before Agbonalhor broke through the Newcastle defense only to shoot well wide.

Still, it was Pardew’s side who should have scored the game’s second goal on the stroke of halftime when Cabaye lashed a volley just past the post after collecting a superb pass from Moussa Sissoko.

The second half started in frenetic fashion as Villa pressed in search of an equalizer.

Newcastle was struggling defensively and was lucky not to surrender the lead when Agbonlahor inexplicably missed with the goal at his mercy following a pinpoint cross from Weimann.

Remy was brought off shortly afterwards - Gouffran coming on in his place - and Newcastle soon conceded the initiative as Benteke leveled matters with a bullet header. The Belgian international met Ashley Westwood’s excellent delivery from a corner to fire home.

However, Newcastle regained the advantage six minutes later – and Ben Arfa was heavily involved once again. He produced a fierce left-footed shot that Guzan could only parry and Gouffran was on hand to slot into the empty net.

That goal stretched the game further, with Cisse and Ben Arfa going close for Newcastle. Fabian Delph almost equalized for Villa late on, but the visitors stood firm.

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Aston Villa

1
Bradley Guzan
Goalkeeper
2.50
4
Ron Vlaar
Defender
2.50
5
Jores Okore
Defender
30′
2.50
14
Luna
Defender
2.50
34
Matthew Lowton
Defender
2.50
8
Karim El Ahmadi
Midfielder
67′
2.00
15
Ashley Westwood
Midfielder
67′
2.50
16
Fabian Delph
Midfielder
33′
3.50
10
3.00
11
2.50
20
C. Benteke
Striker
67′
3.00

Newcastle United

3.00
1
Tim Krul
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.00
3
2.50
13
2.50
26
2.50
6
Yohan Cabaye
Midfielder
57′ 88′
3.00
7
Moussa Sissoko
Midfielder
3.50
8
Vurnon Anita
Midfielder
74′
3.50
10
Hatem Ben Arfa
Midfielder
18′
3.00
9
3.50
14
Loïc Remy
Striker
63′

Substitutes

13
Jed Steer
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
2.50
7
 - 
18
 - 
24
 - 
9
 - 
27
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
21
Rob Elliot
Goalkeeper
 - 
27
 - 
36
 - 
22
 - 
24
Cheikh Tiote
Midfielder
74′
3.00
11
Yoan Gouffran
Midfielder
63′ 73′ 91′
 - 
28

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