Loic Remy scored a stoppage-time winner as Newcastle ended a run of four successive home league defeats by beating Aston Villa at St James' Park.

Gabriel Agbonlahor went close for Villa with three first-half shots before Papiss Cisse sidefooted a Remy pass over from 10 yards at the other end.

Remy was found by Luuk De Jong's pass late on only to shoot against a post.

However, he atoned when he latched on to De Jong's deflected shot, cut inside Ron Vlaar and fired into the net.

Remy finish was special - Pardew

Remy's effort was Newcastle's first league goal at home in five games and provided Alan Pardew's side with their first win at St James' Park since Boxing Day.

The victory also took the Magpies to the 40-point target Pardew had set his side as they helped erase the memory of their poor recent form.

Villa have now lost three of their last four Premier League games and lie just four points from the relegation zone.

Ultimately, Remy proved the difference between the two sides and his return to the Newcastle XI, along with centre-back Fabricio Coloccini and midfielder Cheick Tiote, was key for the home team.

Villa, playing their first game following a training break in Portugal, are renowned for their threat on the counter-attack and the Magpies struggled to deal with the pace of their attacks in the opening half.

Striker Agbonlahor was a particular threat for the visitors and he had the goal in his sights when he gathered a Fabian Delph cross, only to see his guided 12-yard shot parried by goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Almost immediately, Agbonlahor sent a fizzing 25-yard strike just over after Newcastle failed to close him down.

Analysis

"The win is a huge relief for Newcastle and a massive three points for Alan Pardew. They left it very, very late but, after a run of four points from 24, Loic Remy put smiles back on Geordie faces."

It was Coloccini's return that appeared the crucial one at that stage, and the Argentine dived to deflect yet another Agbonlahor shot wide as Newcastle hung on in front of an anxious home crowd.

Cisse had a great chance to settle those nerves on the stroke of half-time but showed the sort of finishing to be expected of a forward with one goal in 22 previous top-flight outings. Tiote slid a pass through to Remy and he squared a ball that Cisse sidefooted over from 10 yards.

On the other side of the break, Yoan Gouffran dragged a shot wide, and Newcastle thought they should have had a penalty for a Leandro Bacuna handball.

It looked as if Remy would finally end Newcastle's goalscoring drought when De Jong robbed Vlaar and laid off a pass to the France international, only for his shot to come back off a post.

But Newcastle were the side exerting all the pressure late on and they were eventually rewarded when Remy scored his 12th league goal of the campaign.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

"As a football manager, you are on 40 points - I think we have had a decent season. But the recent run put pressure on myself and the team, and my staff as well.

"I don't feel comfortable when my staff are under pressure. You can be very resilient as a manager, but I was uncomfortable for my staff this week.

Villa took too many chances - Lambert

"I was desperate to get them a result, and it was for them that I really wanted to get a win, and obviously our fans, who have had to be very, very patient at home."

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert:

"I thought we deserved at least a point out of it, especially after the first-half showing.

"I thought we were excellent in that first half. In the second half, Newcastle came at us strongly, but I don't think either team probably deserved to win the game.

"It's really disappointing and frustrating because I don't think we deserved to lose the game. But with 30 seconds to go, you have got to play the ball long.

"You can't take a chance in that situation and we got punished."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 26 Debuchy
  • 36 Dummett
  • 24 Tioté Booked (Gosling - 89' )
  • 06 Williamson
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 08 Anita
  • 09 Cissé (de Jong - 72' )
  • 14 Remy Booked
  • 11 Gouffran

Substitutes

  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 15 Gosling
  • 18 de Jong
  • 19 Haidara
  • 21 Elliot
  • 23 Ameobi
  • 27 Taylor

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 07 Bacuna
  • 23 Bertrand (Bennett - 76' )
  • 15 Westwood (Sylla - 61' )
  • 02 Baker
  • 04 Vlaar Booked
  • 08 El Ahmadi Booked
  • 16 Delph
  • 20 Benteke
  • 10 Weimann
  • 11 Agbonlahor

Substitutes

  • 03 Bennett
  • 06 Clark
  • 12 Albrighton
  • 13 Steer
  • 18 Sylla
  • 24 Tonev
  • 29 Holt
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 50,417

Match Stats

Shots

23 10

On target

5 2

Corners

10 1

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Aston Villa 0.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Aston Villa 0.

90:00 +2:25 Booking

Booking Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

90:00 +1:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 1, Aston Villa 0. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

90:00 +1:28

Attempt blocked. Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Debuchy.

90:00 +0:08

Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

89:46

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

88:50

Foul by Dan Gosling (Newcastle United).

88:50

Joe Bennett (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Dan Gosling replaces Cheick Tioté.

87:35

Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Luuk de Jong.

85:18

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor following a fast break.

84:45

Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:45

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

83:16

Offside, Newcastle United. Loïc Remy tries a through ball, but Moussa Sissoko is caught offside.

82:21

Attempt blocked. Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vurnon Anita with a cross.

81:58

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

80:57

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United).

80:57

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:09

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

79:46

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:03

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

79:00

Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

78:24

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78:18

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:12

Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:12

Foul by Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa).

75:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Joe Bennett replaces Ryan Bertrand.

75:19

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

74:36

Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:36

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

73:40

Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

73:38

Attempt blocked. Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

71:31

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:31

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa).

71:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Luuk de Jong replaces Papiss Demba Cissé.

69:45 Booking

Booking Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

69:27

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

68:30 Booking

Booking Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:25

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

68:25

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:17

Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:17

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

66:41

Foul by Loïc Remy (Newcastle United).

66:41

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:16

Attempt saved. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

64:00

Attempt missed. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

62:54

Attempt missed. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

62:01

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

60:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Yacouba Sylla replaces Ashley Westwood.

57:10

Offside, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

55:11

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fabian Delph.

52:57

Attempt missed. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Papiss Demba Cissé.

51:30

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

51:30

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:05

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

51:05

Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:36

Foul by Loïc Remy (Newcastle United).

50:36

Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:09

Offside, Newcastle United. Mathieu Debuchy tries a through ball, but Moussa Sissoko is caught offside.

49:01

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:01

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

46:51

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

46:51

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:10

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke with a headed pass.

45:00

Second Half begins Newcastle United 0, Aston Villa 0.

45:00 +3:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Aston Villa 0.

45:00 +2:31

Attempt missed. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Loïc Remy.

45:00 +0:43

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:43

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

42:54

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

42:03 Booking

Booking Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:56

Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:56

Foul by Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa).

39:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:13

Delay in match Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

37:04

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ron Vlaar.

36:11

Offside, Aston Villa. Brad Guzan tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

35:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:54

Delay in match Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

34:12

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

34:02

Attempt blocked. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

32:42

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

32:42

Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:19

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

31:44

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

31:44

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:36

Attempt saved. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

24:30

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

24:30

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:06

Attempt missed. Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andreas Weimann following a set piece situation.

23:36

Offside, Newcastle United. Mathieu Debuchy tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

22:43

Offside, Newcastle United. Mathieu Debuchy tries a through ball, but Loïc Remy is caught offside.

22:14

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

19:01

Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

18:10

Attempt saved. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross.

17:32

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:32

Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

15:24

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:24

Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

14:10

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Williamson with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

13:39

Offside, Aston Villa. Brad Guzan tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

8:58

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

8:55

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Dummett.

8:07

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ron Vlaar.

6:32

Offside, Newcastle United. Moussa Sissoko tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

5:50

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

5:47

Attempt blocked. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

3:37

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

3:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

2:15

Delay in match Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

2:14

Delay in match Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

1:55

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

1:55

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:13

Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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