Could do little to prevent either of Newcastle's first-half goals and was hardly tested after the break as Villa came back into the game.
Much like Baker, Lowton had difficulties dealing with his opposite full-back in the early going, but improved as Villa pushed forward with more venom.
The Dutchman endured a difficult evening, and it was his poor header that fell directly to Yohan Cabaye, allowing Newcastle to double their lead in the opening period.
Was nowhere near as effective as he was against Bradford in the cup last week and was substituted at half-time.
Made an excellent challenge to deny Gutierrez from netting the opener, but struggled to handle the threat of Sissoko, Cisse and Gouffran for much of the opening half.
Found it difficult to handle opposite number Debuchy early on, but gradually settled into the contest as Villa improved. Came close with a header in the closing stages.
Was overrun by Sissoko and Cabaye in the first half, but helped spread the play around well and helped Paul Lambert's side dictate the tempo of the second period.
N'Zogbia was a definite bright spot for the hosts, he attacked with pace and power and was desperately unlucky not to score when he rattled the post with a volley in the first half.
Bannan was quiet in the Capital One Cup against Bradford City, and again failed to make any impression in this one.
Starved of service but created nothing of any note before being brought off during the interval.
Comfortably tucked away the penalty early in the second half to get Villa back into the game.
Could do little to save Villa's penalty but made a number of vital saves as Villa pressed for a leveller
Tested Guzan with a low dipping effort in the first-half and was generally lively down the left flank in a very impressive display.
Generally peformed well from an attacking standpoint and provided good supply into the box, but was at fault for the dubious second-half penalty from which Villa scored.
Much like his centre-back partner Taylor remained a picture of calm and helped guide his team through an elongated spell of home pressure.
Lucky not to give away a penalty after appearing to handle when blocking a Benteke cross but was generally composed in defence despite recent off-field problems.
Competed well in midfield, winning possession time and again against counterparts Westwood and Bannan before being brought off in the second half.
Was allowed the time and space to play an influential role and did just that, sliding in an excellent pass for Cisse to give Newcastle the lead. His influence faded in the second half, but he was clearly Newcastle's star man.
Saw a close range shot blocked by Clark in the opening stages and played a key role in Newcastle's second as it was his cross that led to directly to Cabaye's volley.
Doubled Newcastle's lead with an absolutely stunning volley from 25 yards. That goal was the highlight of a very efficient display from the French international.
Went close with a long-range effort late in the second half but overall the former Bordeaux man struggled to fashion opportunities despite flashes of pace. Substituted in the second half.
Gave Newcastle the lead with a cool finish after latching onto Sissoko's through-ball, and curled one way over the bar midway through the second half.
Came on as a half-time substitute and forced a good save from Krul within minutes of being introduced and kept up that level of performance throughout the half.
Made an instant impact after being thrown into the fray after the interval, winning the controversial penalty that got Villa back in the game.
Came on late in the game and produced a vital tackle to prevent Clark from levelling.
Brought on in the second half to help calm things down and did his job relatively well.
Held the ball up fairly well as Newcastle, performing the workhorse shift late in the second half to kill the game off.