Made some good saves in the first half, an instinctive stop from Steven Taylor's volley a particular highlight. Was unlucky to concede following a good save with his feet, and almost kept out the follow-up.
Struggled to deal with the tricky Gutierrez at times, and couldn't get close enough to block crosses from Ryan Taylor.
Dealt well with the high ball and defended solidly for most of the game as the Newcastle attack looked strong.
Played well when under the kosh in the first half, but his marking wasn't particularly close for Newcastle's equaliser.
Took a knock early on in the first half, but recovered well and twice made vital blocks as Newcastle broke.
Came extremely close in the first half with a volley from 30 yards that whistled past the post. Confident passing from the Scottish international.
Was kept mostly quiet by Danny Simpson, but threatened on occasion to break free and show his true potential.
Was outplayed in midfield, but did well to shield the defence.
Didn't get much of the ball with Newcastle on top for long periods of the game.
Missed a sitter in the first half with the goal gaping, and never really recovered.
Took his goal well, taking the ball down and muscling Coloccini off the ball before slotting home. Almost doubled the lead straight after half-time, and continued to look dangerous on the break.
Could do little about Agbonlahor's goal, and was virtually a spectator for the rest of the first half.
Was rather quiet on the right wing, but managed to deal with the dangerous Charles N'Zogbia well, restricting the winger to few attacking chances.
Swept some nice crosses into the box from deep on the left, but was slightly wasteful from set-pieces, blasting one free-kick into the wall and another well over the bar.
Played well for most of the match, but was too eager to try and grab the ball from Agbonlahor and lost out badly for the opening goal.
Almost allowed Bent in for a second Villa goal but recovered brilliantly to clear. Was also effective at the other end, forcing a good stop from Given on the volley.
His passing was effective as always, and shielded the defence very well, breaking up Villa attacks with ease.
The winger was largely ineffectual, but showed some good skills and tied up Alan Hutton so that left-back Ryan Taylor could fire in some decent crosses from deep on the left.
Played some classy football in the centre, and it was his sumptuous strike that crashed off the bar that led to the equaliser.
Some very nice one-two's played, but the winger's crossing was inconsistent and underlined why Manchester United were willing to offload him.
Got slightly lucky with his goal, taking two efforts when it should have required one, but kept a cool head to poke in the rebound for his ninth goal in 11 Premier League starts.
A quiet game for the former West Ham striker, given little change by Collins and Dunne at the back, though he worked hard to put them under pressure and find space of his own.
- 22 B. Guzan
- 34 S. Lowry
Replaced Petrov to many 'boos' from the travelling support following his unsuccessful spell at St. James' Park, but did little to bother the away fans bar being on the pitch.
- 31 C. Herd
Looked dangerous when he came on and put in some teasing crosses from the left side.
- 38 G. Gardner
Came on with five minutes to go but didn't get too much of the ball.
- 35 R. Elliot
- 14 J. Perch
- 8 D. Guthrie
Was played in well down the left byline, but shot when he really should have squared the ball in his only real contribution.
Didn't have too much to do as the game was a battle of the midfield for much of the late stages.
Linked up with his brother on one occasion during their first appearance together, but was only given five minutes to impose himself on the game.
- 11 P. Løvenkrands