Kept on his toes by a lively Villa attack throughout but was on his guard to keep out Agbonlahor and Bacuna when necessary.
Seemed to patrol the right-hand flank by himself at times. Got up and down the wing often but failed to deliver a telling cross at any point.
Newcastle fans will have been relieved to see their captain back on the team sheet, and his composed presence at the back seemed to help those around him.
More settled playing alongside Coloccini and provided game-saving interceptions when the match became more stretched toward the end.
His inexperience at this level showed on occasions, with lapses in concentration and poor touches putting his side on the back foot. Did take on set piece duties and delivered a couple troubling balls into Villa's area.
Had a couple of chances to get his name on the scoresheet but his shooting was wayward. Wasteful from set piece chances too.
Some strong running provided the home side with a couple of chances, but his contribution was more defensive-minded than most home fans would have liked.
Looked a lot more comfortable with Tiote alongside him in midfield. A bit more composed on the ball than in recent games but still lacking the eye for a killer pass.
Picked up his customary booking as he got stuck in to the Villa midfield. Gave the home side a presence in the center of the pitch that has been lacking in recent fixtures.
His season was summed up by one woeful miss just before halftime. A few neat touches here and there, but it just isn't enough for a player with proven goalscoring pedigree.
Newcastle's most prominent threat but was denied by Guzan time and again until the death. Even when he tried to set up teammates with golden opportunities the chances weren't taken. Eventually found the net late on, much to the crowd's joy.
Never really called into action as Newcastle's wayward finishing meant he had little to do. Came and collected crosses when necessary. Given no chance by Remy's finish.
Caused his side all sorts of problems with poor defensive errors. Made his side's afternoon a lot more difficult than it should have been.
Strong at the back and kept Remy quiet. Didn't come under any real pressure, even with the long-ball tactics deployed once De Jong arrived on the scene.
Steady in the fullback position but was lucky not to give away a penalty when the ball clearly struck his hand.
Quick in midfield and controlled much of the play alongside Westwood. Missed his midfield partner when he was subbed off.
Worked hard in the midfield, getting from box to box and aiding Villa in setting up a number of counter attacks. Came off at the hour mark after all his energy was spent.
K. El Ahmadi
Posed a constant threat to Newcastle's goal, delivering dangerous crosses that should have been gobbled up by his teammates.
Tried his luck with a couple of free kicks but never really tested Krul. Had a job on his hands trying to keep Sissoko at bay in the second half.
Never got the chance to make his mark on the game but does seem to be lacking in confidence as he passed up the chance to shoot on more than one occasion.
Villa's best chances fell to the striker, but he couldn't find the target when it mattered, be that the back of the net or a teammate.
Released down the right-hand side a number of times, the Austrian looked fresh on his return to the starting XI. Full of running throughout but couldn't find that telling pass or finish.