Game #5619

Premier League

St James' Park

Attendance: Behind closed doors (COVID-19)

Friday, 12 March 2021

Position:

9th (-)

Newcastle United

1-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Own Goal | 84' |

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #5619

Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #31 |
League Match | #27 |
Manager Game | #114 |
Friday, 12 March 2021

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Dean Smith |
KO | 8.00pm |
Referee | Paul Tierney |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Result | 1-1 |
FT Score | Drew |
Last 5 Games | LWLDD |
League Position | 9th | - |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £159.03m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 25.93 |

Oldest Player:
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 33.53 |

Youngest Player:
M Jacob Ramsey | 19.80 |

TEAM NEWS

Jacob Ramsey replaces Morgan Sanson as Matty Cash returns to the squad after injury,

Captain Jack Grealish is once again ruled out through injury however his midfield partner John McGinn makes his 100th appearance for the club since joining in August 2018.

UNAVAILABLE

Not Selected | 1 |
Jed Steer

Injury | 3 |
Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - Unknown |
Kortney Hause | Foot, 20 Jan 21 - 3 Apr 21 |
Jack Grealish | Leg, 21 Feb - Mid Mar |

Loaned Out | 3 |
Conor Hourihane | Swansea City |
Frédéric Guilbert | RC Strasbourg Alsace |
GK Lovre Kalinić | HNK Hajduk Split |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 51%
Possession A | 49%
Shots F | 15
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 1
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 10

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Post Match
*Friday, 12 March 2021*
*Villa manager Dean Smith*

​"When you're a goal up with four minutes to go you're disappointed naturally.

"We didn't deserve to win the game. It wasn't a game for the purists, I thought it was a bit of an ugly game. They probably had the best chances but we should see it out.

"We could have gone and got a goal to make it 2-0 with the counter-attacking opportunities we had but we didn't make the most of the opportunities and it allows them to stick a ball into the box.

"It's always a concern when you're not creating chances. Tonight it was a very scrappy game. We've got good enough players to go and score goals, we have a few short of confidence but that seems to be the league at the moment."

On losing Bertrand Traore early on:

"He has a whack on the hip and the ribs, it was a blow to lose his creativity. I thought we started well and it probably shook us when he went off.

"We had an opportunity to go above the champions and that should have been enough for the players to go and get a result today."
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MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
CB Ezri Konsa |
CB Tyrone Mings |
LB Matt Targett |
M Douglas Luiz |
M John McGinn |
M Jacob Ramsey |
W Bertrand Traoré |
W Trézéguet |
CF Ollie Watkins |

THE OPPOSITION

GK Martin Dúbravka, CB Ciaran Clark (ex), CB Jamaal Lascelles (g), LB Paul Dummett, RB Emil Krath (RB Manquillo), M Jonjo Shelvey, M Isaac Hayden (CF Andy Carroll), M Joe Willock, CF Joelinton, CF Dwight Gayle, W Ryan Fraser.

Manager: Rafa Benítez.
Team Cost: £100.44m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

SUBSTITUTES

W Anwar El Ghazi for W Bertrand Traoré | 21' |
M Morgan Sanson for M Jacob Ramsey | 59' |
M Ross Barkley for W Trézéguet | 68' |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Tom Heaton
LB Neil Taylor
RB Matty Cash
CB Bjorn Engels
M Marvelous Nakamba
CF Keinan Davis

MATCH TIMELINE

21’ Sub off, W Bertrand Traoré, Sub on, W Anwar El Ghazi
HT Newcastle United 0-0 Aston Villa
59’ Sub off, M Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, M Morgan Sanson
68’ Sub off, W Trézéguet, Sub on, M Ross Barkley
74’ Booking, John McGinn for a bad foul
77’ Booking, Morgan Sanson for a bad foul
78’ Booking, Tyrone Mings for a bad foul
84’ Goal, 1-0, Ciaran Clark o.g.
90’+4 Goal, 1-1, (Newcastle United)
FT Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Midfielder John McGinn made his 100th appearance for Villa since joining the club from Hibernian FC for a fee of £2,790,000 in August 2018.

​Right Back Ahmed Elmohamady made his 125th appearance for Villa since joining the club from Hull City for a fee of £990,000 in July 2017.

KEY MAN

Celebrating putting Villa ahead, 12 March 2021

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
*Friday, 12 March 2021*

​Jamaal Lascelles scored in stoppage time to rescue a point for relegation-threatened Newcastle following a dramatic finale against Aston Villa at St James' Park.

​A largely dull encounter had looked destined to end goalless before Ollie Watkins' header deflected off Ciaran Clark and went in off the underside of the bar to put Villa ahead with just minutes remaining.

​But Newcastle snatched a point when Lascelles headed in Jacob Murphy's cross in the last action of the game.

​It was arguably a deserved equaliser for the hosts, who had been the better side for much of the game but just lacked quality in the final third.

​They had also hit the bar through Murphy moments before Villa had taken the lead.

​The point does little to ease Newcastle's relegation concerns - they are two points above the bottom three and could drop into the relegation zone if results go against them this weekend.

​But the fight shown to battle back after going behind so late on will give Newcastle fans some hope that their side can pull away from danger in the remaining games.

​The point for Aston Villa, meanwhile, means they remain ninth, five points off the top six.

​"I thought it was going to be one of those cruel nights where you don't get something you deserved out of the game," Newcastle boss Steve Bruce told BBC Radio 5 Live.

​"The one thing I have to say is that the resilience of the players and their effort and endeavour I can't question. We are going to need it, every single ounce of it."

​A lack of goals has played a large part in Newcastle's slide down the table, with Bruce's side having won just two of their 16 games prior to the visit of Villa.

​A dull, goalless draw with relegation rivals West Brom last time out did little to provide hope that Newcastle had the fight to move back up the table, particularly with a much-improved Fulham side clawing back a 10-point deficit to give them hope of survival.

​Against Villa, they again lacked a spark in the final third and a last-minute equaliser will not erase concerns over how little they troubled the opposition goalkeeper for much of the game.

​But there were elements of the performance that will provide some hope. Joelinton had his best game in a while, tormenting Tyrone Mings much of the time but just missing the belief in himself to put away the couple of good opportunities he created, while Paul Dummett provided some excellent deliveries into the box.

​Most pleasing of all for Newcastle fans, however, is that their side showed some fight in the final few minutes that many perhaps feared was absent from their players. Supporters will now hope they can show more of that spirit in the remaining games.

"We missed the final cross but we had so many good opportunities in the game," added Bruce.

​"That little bit of quality at times is something we talk about but for the effort, the desire and the way they went about their job there was nothing between the two teams."

​This time last season Aston Villa were very much in Newcastle's position as they found themselves fighting for Premier League survival.

​A superb first half of this campaign ensured they would not be in the same situation this time and instead they are looking up the table, with securing a place in Europe next term a very real possibility.

​But their recent form risks seeing their season drift towards a mid-table finish as they continue to struggle in the absence of injured captain Jack Grealish.

​Villa have won just one of their five games since Grealish picked up a leg injury, but while the talismanic forward is undoubtedly a big loss, their inability to finish the chances they do create will be of frustration to boss Dean Smith.

​Against Newcastle they had 15 attempts on goal but only managed to score when Watkins' header took a sizeable deflection.

​In their first 13 games of the season Villa scored 27 goals but they have managed just 12 in their last 14 and Smith needs to find a way to get his side firing again if they are to finish in the top six.
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