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Newcastle United 1-0 Aston Villa

Papiss Cisse scores Newcastle's opening goal against Aston Villa
Papiss Cisse's opening goal was his 11th of the season
  • Newcastle enjoy first home win of 2015
  • Sherwood yet to earn a point as Villa boss
  • Villa have not scored in six away matches
  • Gutierrez in Newcastle squad after cancer fight

Papiss Cisse scored his 11th goal of the season to give Newcastle manager John Carver his first home win and leave Aston Villa in the bottom three.

Senegal striker Cisse fired a low shot beyond Brad Guzan from eight yards after Daryl Janmaat's cross.

Tom Cleverley missed Villa's best chance before Ayoze Perez hit the post with a header for Newcastle.

The Midlanders have lost their last seven league fixtures.

Tim Sherwood took charge at Aston Villa on 14 February but has not collected a point from his two matches in charge.

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Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa: Sherwood putting pressure on players

Villa have now gone six away matches without scoring a goal. They remain in the relegation zone and five of their remaining league fixtures are against teams in the current top eight.

Striker Christian Benteke has not registered in his last nine games, although the Belgium international posed Villa's greatest threat in the early stages.

He sent a snap shot wide of the near post from the edge of the area after Ashley Westwood's long pass, then forced Tim Krul into a save with a spectacular overhead kick from 15 yards.

Newcastle Jonas Gutierrez
Jonas Gutierrez's last appearance before being treated for testicular cancer came in April 2014

Villa enjoyed periods of controlled possession but Newcastle created better chances.

The home team took the lead against the run of play when Janmaat's cross from the right was allowed to reach Cisse and the Senegal striker took a touch before beating Brad Guzan.

Jonas Gutierrez was part of the Newcastle squad for the first time since recovering from testicular cancer but the Argentina international was an unused substitute.

Villa looked vulnerable when defending crosses and Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere both headed chances wide from Sammy Ameobi deliveries.

Tom Cleverley has not scored since joining Villa on loan from Manchester United but came close to an equaliser.

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Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa: John Carver enjoys battling display

Benteke's flick-on from Ciaran Clark's long ball was well controlled by Cleverley but the midfielder's shot was well blocked by Krul.

Newcastle had Fabricio Coloccini to thank for preserving their lead as the captain blocked Benteke's header after Krul failed to punch away Westwood's corner.

At the other end, Newcastle's Perez headed against the outside of the post after Brad Guzan could not make full contact when attempting to clear a delivery from a corner.

The defeat leaves Villa, who last suffered relegation in 1986-87, in deep trouble at the wrong end of the table.

Newcastle manager John Carver: "It wasn't scintillating, it was two nervous sides. It wasn't pretty but it was a nice feeling getting that goal before half-time. It was a godsend.

"We kept a clean sheet, which we haven't done too many times. We do have a long list of people who aren't available. We've dug in there and fought every inch of the way to get the result.

"It's been a long week after [the 5-0 defeat by Manchester City] last weekend. The expectancy of this crowd is massive."

Fabricio Coloccini wins a header against Gabriel Agbonlahor
Villa have failed to beat Newcastle in their last eight Barclays Premier League matches
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood
Tim Sherwood enjoyed a 4-0 victory over Newcastle United in February 2014 as Tottenham manager
Fabian Delph in action against Emmanuel Rivière
Aston Villa have scored just three goals in their last 12 Premier League matches
Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood (left) and Aston Villa's Tom Cleverley challenge Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat
Newcastle's win was their first at home under manager John Carver

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 1Krul
  • 22Janmaat
  • 6WilliamsonBooked at 53mins
  • 2Coloccini
  • 19HaidaraSubstituted forTaylorat 61'minutes
  • 25ObertanSubstituted forGouffranat 78'minutes
  • 30Abeid
  • 7Sissoko
  • 28Ameobi
  • 9Cissé
  • 29RiviereSubstituted forPérezat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 8Anita
  • 11Gouffran
  • 17Pérez
  • 18Gutiérrez
  • 32Armstrong
  • 41Woodman

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 21HuttonBooked at 26mins
  • 5Okore
  • 6ClarkBooked at 83mins
  • 34LowtonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBacunaat 82'minutes
  • 8CleverleyBooked at 90mins
  • 15Westwood
  • 16Delph
  • 11AgbonlahorBooked at 63minsSubstituted forWeimannat 73'minutes
  • 20Benteke
  • 9SinclairSubstituted forN'Zogbiaat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 10Weimann
  • 24Sánchez
  • 25Gil
  • 28N'Zogbia
  • 31Given
  • 40Grealish
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
51,573

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Aston Villa 0.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ryan Taylor (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Matthew Lowton because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Benteke with a headed pass.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Yoan Gouffran replaces Gabriel Obertan.

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Mehdi Abeid (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fabian Delph.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Andreas Weimann replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez replaces Emmanuel Rivière.

Attempt missed. Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

Attempt saved. Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Rivière with a cross.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

Offside, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

goal

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