Aston Villa 0 - 0 Newcastle United

Match info: Premier League at Villa Park

Date: 23/08/2014 KO: 12:45 Ref: Att: 30,267

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  • Perhaps a predictable stalemate between two very evenly-matched sides, but overall the standard was average at best. Villa will reflect on the fact that four points from two games represents a solid start to the season and they will be counting down the days for striker Christian Benteke to return from an Achilles injury because they look lightweight up-front without him. As for Newcastle, they will think a point away from home is not a bad one and it's also their first of the season. But they had the best chances to win the game with Daryl Janmaat and sub Siem de Jong unable to capitalise. A fair result on the balance of play but surely better is to come from both sides.

  • Taylor heads the ball clear and that's the last action as referee Deam blows the final whistle.

  • Gouffran is down holding his back after a collison with Baker as the rain pours down once again.

  • Westwood delivers yet another Villa free-kick but Coloccini is on hand to head clear.

  • Newcastle bring on Taylor for Perez to compensate for the loss of Williamson at the back.

  • We will have a minimum of four minutes added time.

  • Williamson is sent off for a crude challenge on Delph on the halfway line - a second yellow so he must go.

  • Newcastle have a corner but there is a delay as the crowd again keep hold of the ball. Colback does eventually deliver but Guzan punches clear.

  • But no sooner do I say that than De Jong gets clear in the box but his rasping shot is saved at the second attempt by Guzman who got his angles exactly right.

  • Are we going to get a late winner? Certainly the game has hit a bit of a lull in the closing stages.

  • Westwood plays the free-kick in and it's just too high for Senderos coming in at the far post.

  • Williamson is booked for a foul on Bent.

  • Sanchez is booked for a foul on Sissoko.

  • Cabella lays the ball back for Paul Dummett whose first-time cross finds Ayoze unmarked at the far post but he blazes a volley over.

  • Nathan Baker comes on for Cissokho who uis waklking around the edge of the pitch with the home physio so his match is over.

  • Weimann looks to lead a Villa break but lacks support and Coloccini is able to take it off him.

  • He hobbles off after treatment but it looks as though he will carry on.

  • Villa defender Cissokho goes down after a mid-air collision with team-mate Sanchez and Gouffran.

  • Delph makes a powerful run and gets in a cross that is met by Bent whose header drops on the roof of the net with Krul scrambling back - but the offside flag is raised.

  • Newcastle make their second change with Riviere replaced by Ayoze Perez.


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