Martin O’Neill was delighted with his teams second half performance. “We were brilliant after the break,” he said after saying his side had been ‘tentative’ in the first half.
Newcastle fell apart, and there seemed to be absolutely no spirit within the team. They play Manchester United, Blackburn and Liverpool next. They could be in real trouble.
Aston Villa will move temporarily up to fifth place in the league with this victory. In truth they were pretty poor in the first half, but after the break they played some scintillating stuff. Obviously Carew was the man of the match with a hat-trick, but several players were equally impressive after the half time.
Newcastle were OK in the first half but absolutely woeful after the break. They will be looking nervously at the results of the teams below them later on today. Kevin Keegan still has no win, and to be honest, I’m not sure how they’re going to get one after watching that.
90’+3 That’s it, it’s all over. Final Score Aston Villa 4 Newcastle United 1
90’+2 Shot by Emre. Fine diving save by Carson.
90’+1 Osbourne for Young. Villa fans singing “There’s only one Kevin Keegan”. Three extra minutes.
89′ Goal. Blasted home by Carew. Hattrick. 4-1
89′ Handball by Carr. Obvious. Penalty. Carew for his hattrick.
87′ Glimpse of the old Michael Owen as he drops his shoulder to open up a shooting chance. Glimpse of the new Michael Owen as he blasts it well wide.
87′ Showboating by Harewood. Plays one two with Carew but can’t get to the pass.
85′ Nice move between Duff and Milner, who has been the pick of Newcastle’s team, but it comes to nothing as Duff is tackled.
84′ Mike Ashley is smiling, but I’m not quite sure why?
83′ Villa keeping Newcastle in their own half. They are so comfortable now.
82′ Newcastle actually got into Villa’s area, but Cacapa sums up their afternoon by hitting row z!
81′ Harewood shoots from corner of penalty area. Hits side netting. Harewood has looked lively since he came on.
80′ Cross by Barry, Laursen looping header easily saved by Harper.
79′ Harewood earns a corner. Taken quickly Young tackled. Another corner.
79′ 50 yard pass by Emre to….nobody. Throw-in Villa.
77′ Free kick Newcastle. Wasted again. The Toon army must be fed up with this!
76′ Old under 21 teammates Reo-Coker and Taylor have a scuffle. Referee has no choice but to book Reo-Coker. Not sure how Taylor got away with it.
75′ Newcastle looking dispirited. They haven’t really created anything other than the goal. Doesn’t really look like they’re going to.
74′ Villa playing with confidence now. Showboating by Maloney.
73′ Villa fans singing “Keegan what’s the score?” Keegan isn’t answering! He sends on Emre for Joey Barton.
71′ Can’t deal with next corner. Falls to Carew’s head. Goal 3-1.
71′ Next corner also falls to Gardner. Shot again pushed wide by Harper.
70′ Delivered by Barry. Headed away by Cacapa to edge of area. Gardner volleys back left footed, pushed round post by Harper for another corner.
69′ Corner by Milner punched away by Carson. Lobbed back in straight to Carson. Long clearance to Harewood who wins Villa a corner.
67′ Game settling back down to more like the messy stuff we had in the first half. Neither side keeping the ball.
66′ Corner to Newcastle. Cross by Milner, missed by everyone. Cleared by Young.
65′ Newcastle have some possession but it goes nowhere. They look a bit clueless.
64′ Keegan looks cross on the bench. Still no movement from substitute Mark Viduka. Won’t be long, surely.
63′ Off the ball incident between Owen and Larsen. All sorted. No bookings.
62′ Owen tackled on the edge of the area. Still not looking too sharp.
61′ Milner fouled by Bouma by the corner flag. Free kick to Newcastle in dangerous position. Cross by Duff easily cleared.
60′ Run by Duff, fouled by Reo-Coker. Free kick wasted.
59′ Great run and cross by Maloney. Blocked at near post. Throw-in Villa. Newcastle can’t get out of their half.
58′ Bouma cross, foul by Carew.
57′ Laursen winning everything in the air. What a player he is. Villa have done well to keep him. Carew got booked for his celebration after the goal.
55′ All of a sudden it is Newcastle who can’t string two passes together. Yellow card for Nicky Butt going over the ball on Ashley Young.
54′ Great cross by Maloney, flicked by Carew. Just wide of far post. This is a different game!
53′ Newcastle trying to keep the ball. It’s all going wrong for them. Given going off with groin injury. Steve Harper comes on in his place.
Villa fans have stopped booing and are now making a lot of noise. Martin O’Neill did his usual jig after the goals. He looks a bit more relaxed.
50′ Corner by Young. Goal. Header by Carew from three yards. 2-1
49′ Villa playing with much more purpose. Good work by Harewood. Corner to Villa.
47′ Goal! Bouma shoots right footed from edge of area, deflected, Given slips and the ball hits the net 1-1.
46′ Floated free kick by Milner easily caught by Carson.
45′ Newcastle kick off.
45′ Harewood and Gardner on at half time for Petrov and Mellberg. O’Neill wants an improvement obviously.
Many of the Newcastle fans who aren’t dressed as Nuns are taking advantage of the Winter sunshine. Lots of the blokes have taken off their shirts. Oh dear!
I think I just heard the sound of smashing tea cups in the Villa dressing room!
Martin O’Neill will not be happy at half time. His Villa team are not looking anything like the exciting side that led to five of their players being picked by Fabio Capello. They cannot sustain any attacking moves, but should have had a penalty.
Kevin Keegan will be happy with the scoreline and the way his side are defending.
The goal is definitely Michael Owens. His fourth of the season, and his fourth header!
Half time — Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 1
45′ +1 Scramble in Newcastle area. Dealt with comfortably. Half time whistle. Boos from Villa fans.
45′ Thankfully only 1 minute added!
43′ Smith and Mellberg do a reasonable impersonation of WWE. No bookings. Free kick Villa. Wasted.
42′ Villa fans going for half time refreshments. They better get something strong!
40′ Free kick from Young from 40 yards. Headed at goal by Carew. Fine save by Given diving away to his left.
Villa are struggling to put two passes together. Newcastle looking comfortable other than at set pieces.
39′ Milner breaks away. No support. Aimless pass by Barton out for Villa goal kick.
37′ Foul by Beye on Young. Free kick Villa 17 yards left hand side of area. Cross by Young punched away by Given.
36′ Good possession by Newcastle. Villa fans getting very frustrated. Cross by Duff across goal. Nobody there.
35′ Foul by Maloney on Butt. Newcastle free kick ten yards into Villa half. Lofted into area by Carr, cleared by Laursen.
34′ Several Newcastle fans dressed as Nuns. They seem happy. What time did the pub open?
32′ Great chance for Mellberg 8 yards out. Shot deflects off Milner for a corner. Young’s corner headed lamely wide by Laursen.
31′ Owen tackled by Davies. Corner to Newcastle. Can they score again from this one? Milner’s cross punched away by Carson.
30′ Both teams determined to give the ball to the other. Villa fans getting a little restless.
29′ Beautiful sunny day. Newcastle fans are enjoying themselves.
27′ Duff cleverly back heels to Carr on the overlap. Carr back heels less cleverly to put it out for a goal kick.
26′ Scuffed volley by Gareth Barry just about makes a goal kick rather than a throw-in!
25′ Hit by Maloney. Dipping shot but Given watches it sail over the bar. Not very close really.
24′ Foul on Carew by Taylor. Free kick Villa 25 yards out. Here we go.
23′ Ashley Young receives treatment. Struggling but comes back on. Villa certainly can’t afford to lose him.
22′ Good run by Ashley Young tackled by Barton. Young seems to be Villas biggest threat.
21′ Corner to Newcastle. Cleared by Laursen.
Replays show that not only did Barton handle the ball earlier in the penalty area, he also threw Maloney to the ground. Villa very unlucky not to get penalty.
17′ Mistake by Mellberg, rescued by good work by Reo-Coker.
16′ Shot from 25 yards by Barton along the ground. Well held by Carson at full stretch.
14′ Young gets in cross, blocked. Barry shoots, hits Barton on the hand. No penalty.
13′ Attacking throw for Villa three yards from goalline on the right.
12′ Keegan looking pensive on the bench. You wouldn’t know they were ahead!
11′ Carr playing out of position at left back, overlaps but hits cross wildly behind the goal.
10′ Cagey game. No real goalmouth action other than the goal. Newcastle looking comfortable.
8′ Cacapa under pressure from Carew gives away a throw-in. Bit of a scramble in Newcastle box. Cleared by Barton.
6′ Ashley Young cross blocked.
Appears that goal may have taken deflection from Gareth Barry but Owen will definitely claim it.
4′ Corner to Newcastle. Goal. Cross by Milner, header by Owen at near post 0-1.
3′ Cacapa fails to deal with ball in area, Petrov fires well wide.
2′ Midfield play with two or three petty fouls by both teams.
1′ Through ball from Petrov straight through to Newcastle keeper Given.
0′ Newcastle kick off attacking the Holte End
Dennis Wise sitting in the stand with chairman Mike Ashley.
Welcome to a gloriously sunny Villa Park for this afternoon’s Premier League between Aston Villa and Newcastle.
Carson, Mellberg, Laursen, Davies, Bouma, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Barry, Young, Carew, Maloney.
Given, Beye, Taylor, Cacapa, Carr, Milner, Barton, Butt, Duff, Smith, Owen.
Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Saturday 9th February 2008
English Premier League
Kick off — 12.45 (UK time)
Aston Villa go into this match sitting in 6th place in the Premiership table just 3 points behind Everton in the final Champions League qualification place. Newcastle on the other hand are currently 12th, but keeping an eye out for the teams below them as they are only 7 points clear of the relegation places.
In the build up to this game Villa manager Martin O’Neill has revealed that he was terribly disappointed to miss out on signing Newcastle’s James Milner back in 2006. He thought he was going to Villa but Milner decided to stay at Newcastle on deadline day. O’Neill is a great admirer of Milner.
O’Neill has also had his say on his opposite number’s position at Newcastle:
“We live in a football world of instant gratification and Kevin will be aware that this resurgence will not happen over night. It will take time.
“As Kevin has said, he wants to be judged after several months in the job. What is obvious is that with Kevin and Newcastle, he will get time, but football has changed.
“Newcastle were able to compete with Manchester United the last time he was there for the best players in England, Europe and the world, but now there are other clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool who have gone big and there is far more competition now.”
Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson has left the club of his own volition. Things haven’t gone too well for Keegan yet and he is still looking for his first win as Newcastle manager this time around following draws at home to Bolton and Middlesbrough and two defeats at Arsenal.
“We know how tough the trip to Villa will be, and after that we’ve got Manchester United coming up.
“It’s a tough league but I’m a realist and we’ve been here before.”
Keegan also had words of encouragement for Michael Owen following his omission from the England side on Wednesday.
“Michael has been working hard for us to make things happen and we know we can provide more for him. The service will get better, but Michael can score goals out of nothing.”
The reverse fixture earlier in the season was Big Sam Allardyce’s first home game in charge of the Magpies. That one ended in an uninspiring 0-0 draw. Let’s hope for better today!
Aston Villa have lost only two of their last ten matches. The defeat last Sunday at Fulham was their first reverse since 8th December.
They have gone four games unbeaten at Villa Park, and it is twenty games since they failed to score a goal. They are one of only three Premier League teams to have scored in every home game.
Newcastle have only won one game in eleven in all competitions, including a run of eight league games without a win. They have failed to score in six of their last eight games and have only two away victories all season. They have last their last four away, and have kept just one clean sheet in twenty-five away games.
Villa have scored in every home game. Newcastle have only kept one clean sheet in twenty-five away games. It has to be a Villa victory, doesn’t it? Yes, I think it will be.
Aston Villa welcome back Ashley Young from England duty following his suspension from last week’s defeat at Fulham, and Stiliyan Petrov should be fit. Gabby Agbonlahor is a major doubt with his hamstring injury, but Curtis Davies is expected to be OK.
For Newcastle Charles N’Zogbia misses out through suspension, but Jose Enrique and Mark Viduka should be available. Martins is injured but Faye and Beye are back from African Cup of Nations duty