Game #5365

Season | 2015-16 |

Matchday | #20 |
League Game | #17 |
Premier League Match-week | #17 |  
Manager Game | #6 |
Saturday, 19 December 2015
Premier League | Away | Newcastle United | St James’ Park | 48,234 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Remi Garde | 

KO | 17.30 |
Referee | Martin Atkinson | 

HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 1-1 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | LLDLD | 

Scorers | Jordan Ayew | 61’ |
Assists | Jordan Veretout | 61’ |

League Position | 20th | - |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB Jores Okore |
CB Joleon Lescott |
M Jordan Veretout |
ASSIST | 61' |
M Ashley Westwood | BOOKED | 60' |
M Carlos Sánchez |
M Idrissa Gueye |
M Leandro Bacuna |
BOOKED | 77' |
W Scott Sinclair | SUB OFF | 60' |
F Jordan Ayew | GOAL | 61' | BOOKED | 79' |

Substitutes |

F Rudy Gestede for W Scott Sinclair | 60’ | 

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
CB Ciaran Clark
LB Kieran Richardson
W Adama Traoré
W Carles Gil
M Jack Grealish

Cards |

 Yellow | Leandro Bacuna | 77’ |

 Yellow | Jordan Ayew | 79’ |

 Yellow | Ashley Westwood | 84’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.20 | 

Oldest Player | CB Joleon Lescott | 33.36 |

Youngest Player | M Jordan Veretout | 22.82 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

LB Jordan Amavi |

CB Micah Richards | 

Loaned Out |

RB Aly Cissokho | Porto | 5 August 2015 - 1 January 2016 | 

F Callum Robinson | Bristol City | 7 August 2015 - 3 January 2016 | 

LB Joe Bennett | AFC Bournemouth | 1 September 2015 - 2 January 2016 | 

CB Nathan Baker | Bristol City | 1 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

GK Jed Steer | Huddersfield Town | 11 September 2015 - 31 May 2016 | 

D Janoi Donacien | Newport County | 24 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

M Joe Cole | Coventry City | 19 October 2015 - 3 January 2016 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 53
Possession A | 47
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 8
Shots on Target F | 7
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 9

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 19 December 2015

*Jordan Ayew’s superb second-half goal earned Premier League bottom club Aston Villa a point at Newcastle.*


Ayew drove into the top corner from inside the area to cancel out Fabricio Coloccini’s close-range opener.
 

Both sides had chances to win in the closing stages, with Newcastle striker Georginio Wijnaldum and Villa’s Rudy Gestede having shots saved.
 

Villa, without a Premier League win since the opening game of the season, remain 10 points from safety.
 

Until recently, Newcastle boss Steve McCLaren had looked in danger of losing his job after failing oversee a win any of his first eight Premier League games.
 

However, back-to-back victories against Liverpool and Tottenham lifted Newcastle out of the relegation zone and three points on Saturday would have moved them five points clear of danger.
 

Key to Newcastle’s upturn in form has been a switch to a more counterattacking style of football, but a sodden pitch, coupled with Aston Villa’s defensive approach, meant was ineffective against Aston Villa.
 

They struggled to break Villa down for long periods, with their opener coming from a defensive lapse in concentration from a corner, as Coloccini was left unmarked.
 

However, when Villa pushed forward after equalising, it played to Newcastle’s strengths and they twice went close to snatching victory on the break, with Wijnaldum’s and Ayoze Perez’s finishing letting them down.
 

Newcastle remain one place above the relegation zone, but the draw means they are three points clear of Swansea in 18th.
 

No Premier League team with as few points as Aston Villa at this stage of the season have stayed up, and they would certainly need an impressive upturn in form to rescue their situation.
 

Villa have kept just two clean sheets in their 17 league games this season and the ease with which Newcastle scored, with Siem De Jong’s corner cutting through the defence, will be of concern for manager Remi Garde.
 

However, their second half performance will give the Frenchman some hope.
 

In Ayew, they have a striker who is finding his form in the Premier League. He had gone seven games without scoring at the start of the season but, having been employed in a more central role recently, he has scored four goals in his last eight games.
 

*Aston Villa manager Remi Garde:*”We didn’t play well at all in the first 45 minutes. We were out of the game in terms of impact and intensity. If you are in the position we are in it’s difficult for the player to get in the game straight away.
 

“There’s a lack of confidence. It’s better to react late then not to react. The fact we got back in the game could be very important. Newcastle have won the last two games, but in the second half we showed we are not far away from this type of team.”