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Newcastle United 1-0 Aston Villa

Newcastle striker Loic Remy shoots past keeper Brad Guzan for his side's winner against Aston Villa

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.

Loic Remy finish was special - Alan Pardew

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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.

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.

Aston Villa took too many chances - Paul Lambert

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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."

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Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 1Krul
  • 26Debuchy
  • 36Dummett
  • 24TiotéBooked at 69minsSubstituted forGoslingat 89'minutes
  • 6Williamson
  • 2Coloccini
  • 7Sissoko
  • 8Anita
  • 9CisséSubstituted forde Jongat 72'minutes
  • 14RemyBooked at 90mins
  • 11Gouffran

Substitutes

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

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 7Bacuna
  • 23BertrandSubstituted forBennettat 76'minutes
  • 15WestwoodSubstituted forSyllaat 61'minutes
  • 2Baker
  • 4VlaarBooked at 43mins
  • 8El AhmadiBooked at 70mins
  • 16Delph
  • 20Benteke
  • 10Weimann
  • 11Agbonlahor

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 6Clark
  • 12Albrighton
  • 13Steer
  • 18Sylla
  • 24Tonev
  • 29Holt
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
50,417

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home23
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Aston Villa 0.

Full Time

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

Booking

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

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.

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

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

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Foul by Dan Gosling (Newcastle United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Dan Gosling replaces Cheick Tioté.

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

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.

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

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

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

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

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United).

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

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

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

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

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

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

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

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

Foul by Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Joe Bennett replaces Ryan Bertrand.

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

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

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

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

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

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

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa).

Substitution

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

Booking

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

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