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Played
January 30, 2013 3:45 AM SGT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 30334‎
 
49′ (PG) C. Benteke
 
Yohan Cabaye 31′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle United

Moussa Sissoko was the key man for Newcastle as they earned their first away win of the season, while Barry Bannan struggled to have much of an impact for Villa

By Nicholas McGee at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    0
    2
    2.50

    Bradley Guzan

    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.

  • Ron Vlaar
    0
    2
    2.00

    Ron Vlaar

    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.

  • Ciaran Clark
    1
    2
    2.50

    Ciaran Clark

    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.

  • Joseph Bennett
    0
    2
    2.00

    Joseph Bennett

    Was nowhere near as effective as he was against Bradford in the cup last week and was substituted at half-time.

  • Nathan Baker
    0
    3
    3.00

    Nathan Baker

    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.

  • Matthew Lowton
    0
    2
    2.50

    Matthew Lowton

    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.

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    1
    2
    3.00

    Charles N'Zogbia

    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.

  • Ashley Westwood
    1
    2
    2.50

    Ashley Westwood

    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.

  • Barry Bannan
    1
    3
    1.00

    Barry Bannan Flop of the Match

    Bannan was quiet in the Capital One Cup against Bradford City, and again failed to make any impression in this one.

  • Darren Bent
    0
    2
    1.50

    Darren Bent

    Starved of service but created nothing of any note before being brought off during the interval.

  • C. Benteke
    2
    2
    3.00

    C. Benteke

    Comfortably tucked away the penalty early in the second half to get Villa back into the game.

Substitutions

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    0
    2
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Made an instant impact after being thrown into the fray after the interval, winning the controversial penalty that got Villa back in the game.

  • Andreas Weimann
    1
    2
    2.50

    Andreas Weimann

    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.

  • Tim Krul
    5
    1
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    Could do little to save Villa's penalty but made a number of vital saves as Villa pressed for a leveller

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    6
    1
    3.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    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.

  • Davide Santon
    6
    1
    3.00

    Davide Santon

    Tested Guzan with a low dipping effort in the first-half and was generally lively down the left flank in a very impressive display.

  • James Perch
    4
    2
    3.00

    James Perch

    Competed well in midfield, winning possession time and again against counterparts Westwood and Bannan before being brought off in the second half.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    5
    1
    2.50

    Mathieu Debuchy

    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.

  • Steven Taylor
    4
    1
    3.00

    Steven Taylor

    Much like his centre-back partner Taylor remained a picture of calm and helped guide his team through an elongated spell of home pressure.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    8
    1
    3.50

    Yohan Cabaye

    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.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    10
    1
    4.00

    Moussa Sissoko Top of the Match

    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.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    3
    2
    3.00

    Jonas Gutierrez

    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.

  • Papiss Cissé
    4
    2
    3.50

    Papiss Cissé

    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.

  • Yoan Gouffran
    3
    2
    2.50

    Yoan Gouffran

    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.

Substitutions

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    5
    1
    2.50

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    Came on late in the game and produced a vital tackle to prevent Clark from levelling.

  • Vurnon Anita
    5
    1
    2.50

    Vurnon Anita

    Brought on in the second half to help calm things down and did his job relatively well.

  • Shola Ameobi
    4
    1
    2.50

    Shola Ameobi

    Held the ball up fairly well as Newcastle, performing the workhorse shift late in the second half to kill the game off.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2