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J. Lascelles
Yellow Card
54'
A. Carroll
Yellow Card
42'
B. Traoré
J. Grealish
2 - 0
26'
F. Schär
Yellow Card
13'
O. Watkins
Goal
1 - 0

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Possession
59% 40%
6
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 1
Total Passes 567 369
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Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Villa climb up to eighth while Newcastle fall to 16th.
Aston Villa finish 2-0 winners over Newcastle United after an assured display. The hosts took the lead early on through a header from Watkins and looked extremely comfortable from there. Newcastle threatened on occasion through Carroll's physicality in the box, but after Traore's brilliant finish just before half time, the game was over. In fact, Villa threatened to increase their lead in the second period, but a combination of misfortune and brilliance from Darlow ensured that the final score was 2-0.
90' + 5' FULL TIME: Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United
90' + 4' Brilliant save from Darlow! The Newcastle goalkeeper holds Villa to just two goals after a brilliant reflex save to tip Trezeguet's low effort wide of the post!
90' + 3' Villa fail to clear Shelvey's corner and it's eventually acrobatically volleyed wide by Gayle.
90' + 2' Mings beats Wilson in a sprint for Shelvey's throughball and clears it away for a corner.
90' Four minutes of stoppage time are added.
J. Ramsey
J. Grealish
87' Grealish has had another excellent game today and - after capping it off with a brilliant assist to Traore - he's replaced by Ramsey.
87' Watkins latches onto a throughball from Grealish, before tumbling inside the box under pressure from Schar but the referee dismisses it and waves play on.
85' Newcastle are certainly working hard to try and get back into this game, but Villa are comfortably fending off every attack.
83' Mings heads a deep free-kick from Grealish well wide.
D. Gayle
M. Almirón
80' Newcastle also make a switch; Almiron is replaced by Gayle in attack.
Trézéguet
B. Traoré
80' Traore also departs with Trezeguet taking his place.
A. El Ghazi
R. Barkley
80' Barkley makes way for El Ghazi, as Villa make a double substitution.
79' The hosts have dropped deeper now as they attempt to absorb any pressure from Newcastle before hitting them on the break.
77' Grealish almost breaks away again, but Lewis races back to extinguish the danger.
75' Grealish almost makes it three! Villa hit Newcastle with a rapid break as Barkley darts towards the edge of the area, before feeding Grealish who cuts inside and bends a curling shot wide via a deflection.
73' Fraser finds himself in a great position inside the box after an excellent run from Almiron, but Konsa shuffles across to poke it away from the attacker.  
R. Fraser
A. Carroll
71' Substitution Andy Carroll Ryan Fraser
A. Saint-Maximin
Javi Manquillo
71' Manquillo also departs with Fraser taking his place.
70' The away side make a rare foray forward, but Shelvey's eventual cross is comfortably launched clear by Konsa.
68' Almost for Barkley! Watkins selflessly nods Traore's chipped pass across goal, where Barkley is on hand to divert an extravagant flick over the bar from close range!
66' Newcastle have failed to muster a single shot so far in the second half - Villa have managed their lead effectively.
64' Manquillo is receiving treatment after a heavy challenge from Targett but he should be okay to continue.
62' Another Shelvey set-piece is hacked away; Newcastle are struggling to create anything outside of set-pieces currently.
61' Shelvey whips in a corner for the away side, but Mings gets there before Carroll to clear.  
59' Villa have enjoyed 62 per cent possession so far in this second half as they look to suffocate Newcastle out the game.
J. Lascelles
Yellow Card
57' Lascelles also gets a yellow card after a trip on Grealish.
56' Newcastle have struggled to establish a foothold in this half, as Villa enjoy another long spell of possession in their own half.
A. Carroll
Yellow Card
54' Carroll is booked after a late lunge on Nakamba near the halfway line.
52' Grealish spins 25 yards out and hits a deft throughball just beyond the clever run of Watkins.
50' Villa have produced eight shots to Newcastle's four so far - if the away side are to get anything today they'll need to stem the tide of Villa chances.
48' Chance for Watkins! Villa break quickly as Barkley feeds Watkins on the edge of the box, where he drills a low shot that Darlow pushes into Luiz before it ricochets wide!
46' Newcastle United get the second half underway.
Newcastle desperately need goals now and you'd expect them to be more adventurous after the interval.
Villa take a comfortable 2-0 lead into the break after an excellent performance. The hosts have cut through Newcastle frequently and took the lead early on when Watkins guided in Targett's cross. But it got better from there; Traore slammed in a brilliant finish from Grealish's cut back to double their lead and leave the away side with plenty of work to do in the second period.
45' + 3' HALF TIME: Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United
45' + 2' Nakamba lashes a speculative volley from 25 yards that bobbles well wide.
45' + 1' Two minutes of stoppage time are added as Newcastle look to limit Villa before half time.
44' Luiz almost makes it three! Villa are looking rampant as Luiz bends a fierce effort from just outside the box that beats Darlow, only to whistle inches wide of the post!
J. Grealish
Assist
42' It was a clever pass from Grealish to pick out the unmarked Traore, but that goal was all about the attacker's spectacular finish!
B. Traoré
Goal
42' BRILLIANT FROM TRAORE! 2-0! Villa double their lead as Grealish cuts it back to Traore on the edge of the box, allowing the attacker to guide a precise finish off the underside of the bar and in!
41' Carroll continues to threaten the Villa defence. This time, the giant striker climbs highest to reach a cross from Lewis, but play is halted after he was judged to have fouled Martinez.  
39' Watkins wants a penalty after a slight push in the area from Schar, but the referee waves play on, obviously believing that there wasn't enough contact.  
37' Newcastle still look weak in defence, but they are growing in confidence going forward. Almiron is finding plenty of space down the right flank and he's managed to pick Carroll out with crosses a number of times now.  
35' Watkins has it in the net after a wonderful, driven finish across Darlow, but the linesman immediately raises his flag for offside.   
33' Chance for Carroll! Almiron bends in another devious cross towards the back post, where Carroll is on hand to direct an awkward header that Martinez gathers at the second attempt!
31' Traore drives through the heart of the Newcastle midfield, but he selects the wrong option and misplaces a pass towards Watkins rather than opting to slide Grealish in down the left wing.   
29' Carroll heads a precise cross from Almiron well wide from 12 yards - it would have taken something special to guide that in.
27' Luiz lets fly from 25 yards, but it's bravely charged down by Hendrick.
F. Schär
Yellow Card
26' Schar earns himself a yellow card after clumsily bringing Watkins down to stop a counter. 
25' Lascelles almost equalises! Shelvey bends in a corner towards the back post, where Lascelles climbs highest to nod it back across goal, only for Mings to head it away!
23' Villa look composed and confident in attack currently - their latest foray forward ends with Traore's deft throughball being well intercepted by Lascelles.
21' The away side enjoy a long spell of possession that culminates with Manquillo's cross being headed away by Mings.
19' Newcastle will be fearing a heavy defeat at this rate. Villa have scored at least three goals in three of their seven home games this season, as many as they had in their previous 62 at Villa Park before this term.
17' So close for Barkley! Villa almost double their lead immediately as Barkley glances a Traore free-kick narrowly wide of the far post!
15' This looks ominous for Newcastle. Villa barely had to apply any pressure to find an opening goal and will score more if they continue to prise the away side open so comfortably. 
O. Watkins
Goal
13' WATKINS! 1-0! Villa expose Newcastle down the left flank again, as Targett works a neat interchange with Grealish before bending a cross towards the front post, where Schar flicks it helplessly into the path of Watkins who heads home from close range!
12' Chance for Watkins! Villa sweep forward fluently, engineering the space for Targett to whip in a pacy cross that's met by Watkins at the front post, but the attacker can only guide it across goal and wide!
10' Both sides have looked rusty so far; the game has been punctuated by a number of misplaced passes as Villa and Newcastle attempt to settle into this one.
8' Newcastle push forward again, as Shelvey swings in a cross from deep that's easily claimed by Martinez.
6' Targett slams a speculative volley from 25 yards that bounces straight at Darlow.
5' Shelvey feeds Almiron inside the Villa half and the attacker races towards the edge of the box, before hitting a tame effort that trickles into the arms of Martinez.  
3' Wilson attempts to scurry past Konsa near the left touchline, but the defender expertly shields him out of play.
1' Aston Villa get the first half underway.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
If Newcastle are to turn around their form today, they’ll need to start supplying Wilson with more chances. After netting six goals in his first seven Premier League appearances for Newcastle, he’s scored just two in his subsequent nine.
Newcastle, meanwhile, make four changes after a heavy 3-0 defeat to Arsenal: Krafth, Ciaran Clark, Matthew Longstaff and Joelinton all make way.
Villa makes just one change to the side that lost to Manchester City last time out – Nakamba comes in for John McGinn who drops out of the squad entirely.  
SUBS: Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Jacob Murphy, Martin Dubravka, Joelinton, Ryan Fraser, Emil Krafth, Matthew Longstaff.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-5-1): Karl Darlow; Javier Manquillo, Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Jamal Lewis; Miguel Almiron, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Callum Wilson; Andy Carroll.
SUBS: Frederic Guilbert, Bjorn Engels, Ahmed El Mohamady, Tom Heaton, Jacob Ramsey, Neil Taylor, Keinan Davis, Trezeguet, Anwar El Ghazi.
ASTON VILLA (4-2-3-1): Emiliano Martinez; Matthew Cash, Ezri Konsa Ngoyo, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett; Douglas Luiz, Marvelous Nakamba; Bertrand Traore, Ross Barkley, Jack Grealish; Ollie Watkins.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are under pressure; they’ve lost four of their last six games and another defeat today would see them sink closer to a relegation battle.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Premier League fixture between Newcastle United and Aston Villa. Villa enter this one on the back of two consecutive defeats and they’ll be looking to bounce back with a victory today.