Bertrand Traore improved on his notable English Premier League scoring form as Aston Villa secured a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday evening.
The former Chelsea and Ajax man has now scored four goals in his last six games in the 2020-21 English top-flight campaign.
The Burkina Faso ace lined up in attack alongside Ollie Watkins, Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley to halt the aspirations of Steve Bruce’s side towards picking up all three points from Villa Park.
As it proved a rewarding evening for Dean Smith’s men, they took an early lead in the 13th minute courtesy of Watkins. Matt Targett worked a neat interchange with Grealish before bending a cross towards the front post, where Fabian Schar flicked the ball into the path of the striker, who headed past goalkeeper Karl Darlow from close range.
For Watkins, that was his ninth strike of the season in all competitions and a first since November 2020.
In the 42nd minute, Traore doubled the lead as the hosts went into the half-time break with a two-goal advantage. A clever pass from Grealish found the unmarked 25-year-old who fired past a stranded Darlow.
Apart from his notable goal run, Newcastle United became the opponent he has scored more than once against in the tournament. His first goal against the St. James’ Park giants was on February 13, 2016, as a Chelsea player.
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After replacing Diego Costa on the hour mark, 'the Stallion' was on target as Guus Hiddink’s Blues silenced Steve McClaren’s side 5-1 at Stamford Bridge in that encounter.
He was substituted for Egypt’s Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan in the 80th minute, while Marvelous Nakamba was in action from start to finish. Egypt’s Ahmed El Mohamady was an unused substitute.
This result ended Aston Villa’s worrisome run of four games without a win and that moved them up to eighth on the English top-flight log after garnering 29 points from 17 games. They will now shift their focus to their next tie versus Burnley on Wednesday.
On the other hand, Bruce’s Newcastle remain 16th having gone ten games without a win and they would be hoping to end their awful run against Leeds United next time out on January 26.