Competently dealt with the little he had to do today from a poor Newcastle attacking performance, before two great late saves from Lovenkrands to ensure his side won all three points.
Good attacking play from the 20-year-old who often found space down the right hand side, yet defensively allowed Newcastle too much space to attack from the left flank. Replaced by Cuellar with 15 minutes to play.
An attacking threat throughout today as he routinely linked up with Ashley Young down the left hand side, yet didn’t compromise on defensive duties.
Dealt well with Ranger who had looked lively in the opening minutes, and looked a threat in the opposition box from corners throughout the second half.
Linked up well today in midfield without making too much of an impact on the game. Solid job to ensure Newcastle didn’t penetrate on the break.
Worked hard down the right hand side, yet too often drove into the Newcastle defence and lost the ball instead of opting for a simpler option. Gifted Bent a great first half opportunity.
Absent performance from the Cameroon international, who routinely gave the ball away cheaply and failed to capitalise on a weakened Newcastle midfield. Replaced by Reo-Coker with 25 minutes left to play.
Frustrated by a lack of service in the opening minutes, Bent mistimed a golden first half opportunity and headed over the bar, before placing the ball in the back of the net as the half came to a close only to be judged offside.
Looked livelier in the second half after a quiet first 45 minutes, forcing a good save from Harper from a tight angle as Villa pushed for a second. Replaced by Robert Pires with five minutes of time to play.