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New signing starts at St James' Park...

Aston Villa caretaker-manager Kevin MacDonald has handed a debut to new signing Stephen Ireland, who signed for the club this week from Manchester City as part of the deal taking James Milner to Eastlands.

Ireland takes Milner's place in the Villa midfield, as they line up against a Newcastle United side that is unchanged from Monday's 3-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Teams:


Newcastle United:
Harper; Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique; Routledge, Smith, Barton, Gutierrez; Nolan, Carroll.

Subs: Krul, Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Xisco, Ameobi, Vuckic, Tavernier.

Aston Villa: Friedel; Luke Young, Clark, Dunne, Warnock; Albrighton, Petrov, Ireland, Downing; Ashley Young, Carew.

Subs: Guzan, Delfouneso, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Beye, Lichaj, Bannan.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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