Alan Pardew has answered some United supporters demand today to see Shola Ameobi on the bench. Pardew makes one change from a team that playing on last Monday goalles draw against Queens Park Rangers, and give a chance for Demba Ba as a starter alongside Leon Best in United attacking front.
Aston Villa played two former Newcastle players Nzogbia and Shay Given and the only player that has given trouble for the Magpies was Shay Given who makes at least three excellent saves from Cabaye’s shot.
I’m especially spotted another great appearance from our new signing Yohan Cabaye, who looks like answering some critics from the Toon Army for his appearance against QPR. He’s commanding the Toon midfield very well, side by side with Cheick Tiotte, who has some improvements too.
Although we start the game as the much better side and creating some half-chances but it was the home side who took the lead first in the first-half through their dangerous player Agbonlahor, who took his chance very well using a slight error from our skipper Coloccini.
The ball was played long from the outside six yard box when Colo was spotted to stands a little bit too near Agbonlahor, so he has very little space to cover the coming ball into his area, and when the Villan’s striker turned away fromColoccini, he took the ball easily pass the helpless Krul.
At the start of the second half, we gave them too much spaces and Agbonlahor was afforded another chance to double his goal when he turn and flash his shot inches wide of Krul’s post.
For the next 20 minutes, the homeside was a slight better but after that it was all about Newcastle again to dominate and play some impressive football in search for the eaqualising goal. And when the ball was played from our right wing through Obertan and Danny Simpson, another Cabaye’s wonderful shot against Given’s top bar from the edge of the penalty area.
Villa defenders managed to clear the bounces ball, to as far as Tiote who pumped the ball back again for Best to head the ball. But his first attempt on goal was blocked well by Given, before Best verocious second attempt slash the rebound ball into Given’s net. 1-1 and happy early 25th birthday to you on Monday!
The equaliser certainly lifted the Lads spirit and began to search for the first away three points. That gives a little room for the homeside who only can make counter attack, and almost succeeded when Steven Taylor slipped while attempting a clearance, and give a large space for Darren Bent to lobbed the ball into an empty net, with Krull was once again has left his post.
And just as what he did last game against QPR, Taylor running back to clear the ball brilliantly on the slide to save Newcastle for the second time in two games. The rests of the game was all for us, and we should have won it through our most lively player today, Cabaye with only Given’s on form and outstanding save who denied our glory.
Aston Villa 1 (Agbonlahor 13)
Newcastle United 1 (Best 57)
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Shay Given; Alan Hutton, James Collins, Richard Dunne, Stephen Warnock; Barry Bannan (Marc Albrighton 68), Stiliyan Petrov (Stephen Ireland 68), Fabian Delph, Charles N’Zogbia; Gabriel Agbonlahor, Darren Bent (Nathan Delfouneso 86)
Subs not used: Brad Guzan, Chris Herd, Shane Lowry, Gary Gardner
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez (Sammy Ameobi 85); Leon Best (Shola Ameobi 68), Demba Ba (Sylvain Marveaux 80)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Aston Villa 46%
Attempts on target
Aston Villa 3
Attempts off target
Aston Villa 8
Aston Villa 4
Aston Villa 13