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Newcastle United v Aston Villa Live Commentary, 29/10/2022

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C. Wilson (45+6 pen)
C. Wilson (56)
Joelinton (59)
M. Almirón (67)
St. James' Park


That concludes our commentary of the Premier League fixture between Newcastle United and Aston Villa! We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Newcastle will look to continue their winning run next Sunday when they travel to play Southampton. Aston Villa feature on the same day at home against Manchester United.
The home supporters leave St. James’ Park happy as Newcastle beat Aston Villa by a comfortable four goals to nil. The hosts put their opponents to the sword in the second half, using their lead from the first frame as a springboard to counter with pace to devastating effect. Wilson broke the deadlock from the penalty spot deep in injury time before the interval and would continue his good form afterwards, scoring again and assisting Almiron’s lovely curling fourth. Joelinton would be the other to get his name on the score sheet as the visitors were kept largely in damage limitation mode. It’s a poor showing by Villa, who will soon be under new management while Newcastle continue to signal their top-four ambitions.
90' + 2' Wood is unable to steer Longstaff’s brilliant cross towards goal, with the low, whipped-in delivery just evading the striker’s volleyed attempt.
90' The fourth official indicates three minutes will be added to the end of the match for stoppages.
88' Aston Villa are winless in their last seven Premier League away games (D2 L5), with only Nottingham Forest (1) and Wolves (2) netting fewer goals on the road this term than the Villans (3).
C. Wood
C. Wilson
Newcastle United
86' Wilson is denied the possibility of a hat-trick as he's brought off with two goals to his name today. Wood will be looking to add to the score as his replacement.
A. Saint-Maximin
M. Almirón
Newcastle United
86' Saint-Maximin makes his awaited return from injury, replacing Almiron with less than five minutes to play.
85' Trippier fires a Newcastle corner into the penalty area looking for Joelinton, who can only nudge the ball wide of the target and behind for a goal-kick.
J. Shelvey
Bruno Guimarães
Newcastle United
83' Bruno is indeed brought off with seven minutes remaining. Shelvey takes his place.
J. Lascelles
F. Schär
Newcastle United
82' An alteration in defence sees Schar come off for Lascelles, who is also given the armband by Trippier.
82' Bruno takes his time on the ground having a stretch as Newcastle look to make a couple of changes to see out the clean sheet. The Brazil international is likely one of the players being replaced, after another fantastic outing.
80' With 10 minutes to go it looks as though Aston Villa are looking to do little more than limit the damage. Ramsey and Coutinho have done little to wrestle back momentum with Pope barely featuring.
78' Joelinton looks to curl a shot into the top corner with his left foot but he gets his angles wrong and misses the net by a significant margin.
76' OFF THE BAR! Murphy swivels with his back to goal and hits a cross to the far post, which Wilson rises to meet. He gets the better of Mings but can only send his headed chance disappointingly off the crossbar!
75' Mings goes into a risky sliding challenge on Wilson inside the penalty area to prevent a goal-scoring opportunity, which the referee deems a fair challenge. The striker is protesting for a penalty but the match official awards Newcastle a throw-in on the left wing.
73' Bruno plays a wonderful pass over the top for Murphy but the substitute’s eventual strike is blocked by a covering Young on the edge of the penalty area.
M. Targett
S. Botman
Newcastle United
71' Targett comes on to face his former club with Botman coming off.
J. Murphy
J. Willock
Newcastle United
71' Willock is given an early rest with Murphy coming on in his place.
J. McGinn
L. Dendoncker
Aston Villa
69' Dendoncker makes way for McGinn with 21 minutes left.
L. Digne
M. Cash
Aston Villa
69' Aston Villa make immediate changes with Digne replacing Cash.
C. Wilson
Newcastle United
67' Wilson adds an assist to his two earlier goals, with the striker involved in most of Newcastle's positive play.
M. Almirón
Newcastle United
67' MORE JOY FOR THE HOSTS! 4-0! WHAT A SUPERB EFFORT! It’s a scintillating strike from Almiron, who receives Wilson’s pass on the right wing and cuts inside with intent before dispatching a curling effort into the top corner from 20 yards out!
Yellow Card
Newcastle United
65' Mings steps across and wins possession before driving forward into Newcastle’s half on an enterprising run. Joelinton clumsily charges into the defender and hauls him down, prompting the referee to show the Newcastle forward a yellow card.
65' Newcastle have won more points than any other Premier League side so far in October (13 – W4 D1 L0). They last earned more in a single calendar month in the competition back in April 2006 (16).
63' Newcastle have taken a stranglehold of this match, with their one-goal lead from the first half allowing the hosts to sit back before countering with blistering speed. Every Villa move is met by reprisals in the defensive end which could make for an even larger score line.
J. Ramsey
L. Bailey
Aston Villa
61' Bailey also comes off as Ramsey is tasked with providing a spark.
Philippe Coutinho
E. Buendía
Aston Villa
61' Coutinho comes on for Buendia with the visitors down by three.
Newcastle United
59' JOELINTON MAKES IT 3-0! UNBELIEVABLE! Newcastle hit on the counter with unbelievable pace, winning the ball back before charging into Villa’s half with as many as four players. Almiron decides to have a strike after Cash fails to clear his lines which brings about an Olsen save but Joelinton manages to turn home the rebound!
58' Aston Villa are looking to respond immediately and half the deficit but Young and Bailey are squeezed out of possession on the left wing, with Trippier managing to keep the ball in play to spark a counter-attack.
C. Wilson
Newcastle United
56' NEWCASTLE DOUBLE THEIR ADVANTAGE! 2-0! The hosts work a perfect short-corner routine between Trippier and Almiron, with the Paraguay international laying off a superb backheel pass for the full-back. The England international then lifts a cross to the back post for Wilson, who heads it down and in!
K. Trippier
Newcastle United
56' Trippier adds another assist to his personal tally, sending the cross in to Wilson.
55' Bruno dinks a pass towards the near post for Almiron, who is unable to generate much power behind his header, allowing Mings to turn it behind for a corner.
54' Newcastle have kept a clean sheet in the first half of their last nine Premier League fixtures after blanking Aston Villa in the opening period today. Wolves were the last side to score against the Magpies before the interval, with Ruben Neves beating Pope after 38 minutes.
52' Longstaff spots a chance to shoot from 18 yards out but Mings manages to get in the way and deflect the effort to protect his goalkeeper.
50' Bruno sprays a pass out to the left for Joelinton, who can’t do anything with the space he’s afforded by Cash; sending a right-footed cross directly into the arms of Olsen.
48' Play is again stopped for a head injury, with Mings catching Longstaff during an aerial duel, sending both players to the ground. It does appear as though the two will be able to continue after a brief break, which is good to see after Martinez’s unfortunate issue earlier.
46' Newcastle get the match restarted from the kick-off!
Aston Villa have certainly done enough to open their account but great last-ditch defending from the hosts have foiled them on every occasion. Bailey is clearly the bright spark in the attack, always getting past his man with a number of nifty dribbling moves but Ings has been a somewhat isolated figure at the point of the attack. Perhaps the likes of McGinn or Coutinho can help bring the forward into play, while Young will certainly be replaced by Digne at full-back. Newcastle will look for a second goal to secure the win, with Saint-Maximin a wildcard should they be stifled early after the restart.
An entertaining, extended first half at St. James’ Park comes to a close with the hosts ahead by a goal to nil, thanks to Wilson’s penalty midway through the 10 added minutes of stoppage time. A head injury to Martinez brought about two separate injury pauses, with the goalkeeper eventually forced to come off at the second time of asking. The constant breaks in play congested an otherwise fluid and free-flowing game, with both teams fashioning gilt-edged chances to score (though Buendia and Almiron for Aston Villa and Newcastle respectively). Wilson would not be denied his opportunity from 12 yards out in the 51st minute however, dispatching a perfect penalty after Almiron’s shot was deflected by the arm of Young.
45' + 8' NEWCASTLE SCORE BUT IT'S OFFSIDE! Wilson gets behind the last defender after receiving Willock's pass and rounds Olsen before slipping a shot into the net but the linesman belatedly raises his flag as the striker was unable to hold his run to get onto the pass!
C. Wilson
Penalty Goal
Newcastle United
45' + 6' NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! 1-0 NEWCASTLE! Wilson coolly puts his penalty straight down the middle, with Olsen committing to his right early.
O. Watkins
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
45' + 5' Young receives a yellow card for handball in the aftermath of the awarded penalty.
45' + 5' PENALTY TO NEWCASTLE! Almiron receives a pass from Wilson and shapes to strike a first-time curling effort towards Olsen but Young’s arm gets in the way, with the full-back raising his hand during a sliding attempt to close down the shot. It’s fairly clear on review as Wilson steps up to give his side the lead.
45' + 3' Almiron jinks into the penalty area and draws two defenders towards him but Bruno fails to make the most of the space elsewhere, sending a chipped pass directly into the arms of Olsen.
45' + 1' The fourth official indicates 10 minutes will be added to the end of the first half for stoppages.
44' FANTASTIC SAVE BY OLSEN! With just the goalkeeper to beat from six yards out the goalkeeper rushes off his line and narrows the angle, parrying the effort and keeping the visitors level!
43' There will be ample stoppage time no doubt, with two stoppages for Martinez and a break in play for Buendia taking up large chunks of the first half. Despite time ticking towards the 45-minute mark both sides will know a lot can still happen before the interval.
41' Bailey is taken down cynically by Burn inside Aston Villa’s half, with the referee happy to keep his cards in his pocket for now.
39' With just over five minutes left in the half before stoppage time it looks as though Danks has instructed his two wingers to change sides, with Bailey coming onto the right-hand side and Watkins on the left. The Jamaica international has looked the more lively of the two so far, providing Buendia with Villa’s best chance of the game.
37' Longstaff hits an ambitious pass to the right corner for Almiron, which the Paraguay international manages to keep in play. The Villa defence manage to get into shape quickly though, preventing anything from penetrating their penalty area.
R. Olsen
E. Martínez
Aston Villa
35' Confirmation of the enforced change which sees Martinez replaced by Olsen in goal.
34' Martinez gathers Joelinton’s low cross at the near post and once again goes down holding his head. The goalkeeper does not look comfortable as he once again speaks to the medical staff, shaking his head which prompts Olsen to prepare for his entrance.
32' Longstaff plays an early cross into the penalty area looking for Wilson but Konsa gets to it first and puts his boot through the ball.
30' Bailey’s high foot inside Newcastle’s half ends a promising Aston Villa move and gives the hosts a deep free-kick from which they’re looking to spring an attack.
28' The match has been highly entertaining when it’s been allowed to flow, with chances at both ends, but a number of stops for injuries and fouls in the last 10 minutes has congested the game somewhat. The crowd at St James’ Park have let their feelings be known as well, booing every time the referee blows his whistle.
26' Play is once again stopped for an Aston Villa player, with Buendia needing the assistance of the medical staff inside Newcastle’s penalty area following the blocked shot. He's down holding his knee following Burn's challenge, which emphatically denied the goal-scoring opportunity.
24' FANTASTIC BLOCK BY BURN! Bailey gets the better of Schar, dropping a shoulder to get past his man before centring an inviting pass to Buendia. The playmaker takes a touch before turning it home but Burn’s last-second slide repels the close-range effort!
22' Martinez has come back to his feet and is going through his process with both the medical staff and the referee. The goalkeeper looks intent on continuing while the referee receives some final convincing.
20' Mings, who was tasked with tracking the run of Wilson, was pushed into the path of his goalkeeper by the lurking striker, who went shoulder-to-shoulder with his marker. Martinez remains down inside his six-yard box receiving treatment, while Olsen gets warmed up on the touchline.
18' Play is stopped for Martinez, who has paid a physical toll for an outstanding stop on a Joelinton effort. The goalkeeper made the initial save - diving to his left to block the curling shot before taking a blow to the head from the knee of Mings during his attempt to smother the follow-up.
16' Bailey centres a pass towards the penalty spot but a sliding Bruno again manages to diffuse an Aston Villa attack close to his own goal.
14' Schar plays a perfect pass over the top of the defence for Almiron but his volleyed effort, hit with the outside of his boot, sails harmlessly wide of the target.
12' Pope rushes off his line and perfectly times his intervention to steal the ball off the foot of Ings but a rushed throw presents the ball to the visitors once again, who are allowed to regroup in midfield.
10' Watkins gets in a dangerous position on the right edge of the penalty area but his low cross into the box is a disappointing effort that’s deflected before receiving an emphatic clearance from Bruno.
9' Bailey looks to break into the Newcastle penalty area but a poor touch allows Trippier to get in front of the wide forward before winning a clever free-kick to clear his lines.
7' Cash drives forward down the wing looking to play an early pass into Ings but the combination of Bruno and Willock forces the frustrated full-back to play a harmless pass backwards.
5' Longstaff sees Martinez off his line and hits a hopeful strike from 36 yards out which sails over the head of the goalkeeper but misses the inside of the far post by inches.
3' CHANCE! Bruno plays the ball out to the right wing for Almiron, who immediately puts a pass towards the byline for Trippier. The full-back manages to stretch to keep the ball in but Wilson heads the ensuing cross narrowly over the crossbar!
1' Aston Villa get the match underway from the kick-off!
Aston Villa also go with an identical formation, keeping all XI players in the line-up after their 4-0 hammering of Brentford. Martinez plays between the posts while Cash and Young flank Konsa and Mings in defence. Dendoncker and Luiz are tasked with sitting in front of the back four while Watkins, Buendia and Bailey are trusted to play behind the forward; Ings.
Newcastle name an unchanged XI from their last match, a 2-1 win over Tottenham. Pope starts in goal behind a defence of Burn, Botman, Schar and Trippier. Willock and Longstaff play either side of Bruno in a midfield trio while Joelinton and Almiron will be looking to supply Wilson at striker.
ASTON VILLA SUBS: Philippe Coutinho, Jacob Ramsey, Cameron Archer, Calum Chambers, Lucas Digne, Robin Olsen, Morgan Sanson, John McGinn, Jan Bednarek.
ASTON VILLA XI (4-2-3-1): Emiliano Martinez; Matthew Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Ashley Young; Leander Dendoncker, Douglas Luiz; Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey; Danny Ings.
NEWCASTLE UNITED SUBS: Matt Targett, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jonjo Shelvey, Chris Wood, Ryan Fraser, Jamaal Lascelles, Loris Karius, Javier Manquillo, Jacob Murphy.
NEWCASTLE UNITED XI (4-3-3): Nick Pope; Dan Burn, Sven Botman, Fabian Schar, Kieran Trippier; Joe Willock, Bruno Guimaraes, Sean Longstaff; Joelinton, Callum Wilson, Miguel Almiron.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let's take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with our hosts!
Unai Emery has officially been named as Aston Villa’s new coach but interim boss Aaron Danks will still be in charge today, looking to add to his impressive 4-0 win over Brentford last weekend. Villa have been in good form in this fixture recently - losing just one of their last six meetings with Newcastle - and will need a result to add to the three points currently separating them and the drop.
Undefeated in their last seven matches, Newcastle can finish the day as high as third place should Tottenham fail to win in their concurrent fixture against Bournemouth. A 2-1 over Spurs last weekend broke Eddie Howe’s side into the Champions League spots ahead of Chelsea with just four games to go until the World Cup break.
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