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Summary

  1. Aston Villa: Bunn; Clark, Lescott, Toner; Hutton, Sanchez, Westwood, Gana, Bacuna; Sinclair, Ayew.
  2. Newcastle: Darlow; Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett; Tiote, Colback; Townsend, Sissoko, Wijnaldum; Cisse.

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By Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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'Newcastle did not ask enough'

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

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Former Magpies defender John Anderson at Villa Park

"Newcastle didn't do enough today to win the game. Newcastle knew today was a game that had to be won, but they were not bright, not direct and did not put Villa under a great deal of pressure.

"A draw is a fair result, because Newcastle did not ask enough of a side already relegated. Many people said it would be easy today, but it's only easy if you do the job right. Newcastle didn't do it right."

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

For Aston Villa, it is a first point since 6 February. For Newcastle, it is two very costly points dropped. Thanks for your company; a full report will be online shortly.

Newcastle drop into bottom three

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

It has finished at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland have beaten Chelsea. Newcastle drop into the relegation zone with one game to play - against Tottenham. Sam Allardyce's side have a game in hand, though, against Everton on Wednesday. If they win it, Newcastle will be relegated.

FULL-TIME

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

A bad day for Newcastle. As it stands, they are slipping into the bottom three. Sunderland are beating Chelsea 3-2, where they are still playing.

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Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

...but Townsend's effort is straight at Mark Bunn. Newcastle's survival chances are receding here. Shades of 2009. Newcastle fans have hands on heads.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Now a Newcastle free-kick, as Ashley Westwood fouls Vurnon Anita. Step forward Andros Townsend...

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Newcastle, belatedly, are applying pressure. They have a corner... Andros Townsend takes it, but Carlos Sanchez heads out. Sunderland are still winning 3-2. A point is not good enough for Newcastle here.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Brilliant defending by Ciaran Clark. Aleksandar Mitrovic tees up Georginio Wijnaldum to blast at goal, but the Villa man gets his body in the way. A point-saving intervention, perhaps. Maybe a degree of pride salvaged too.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Into six minutes of stoppage time at Villa Park. This is desperate for Newcastle now.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Aleksandar Mitrovic has added a little spark to Newcastle's attack, which was noticeably absent when Papiss Cisse was on the field. But even though Mitrovic is getting on the end of crosses, he cannot convert one as yet. This time it's Chancel Mbemba crossing from the right, and the Serbian rises among the Villa defenders to head wide.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

If you're wondering why Villa's fans picked the 74th-minute for their beach ball protest, by the way, it is because the club were founded in 1874.

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'Villa's players are giving it a go'

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Dion Dublin

Former Leicester and Aston Villa forward on Final Score

"If Newcastle go down because they don't get a win at Villa then the Magpies will know it's all their fault. 

"Today, Villa's players are giving it a go and are passing their way around and through Newcastle. The Magpies must pick things up."

Aston Vila 0-0 Newcastle

Alan Hutton charges down the Villa right into a clutch of inflatables, somehow deliveringa cross that is cleared. Team-mate Carlos Sanchez is then hurt after being caught by Moussa Sissoko. The midfielder limps to his feet after treatment, and is fine to continue for now.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Here comes the 74th-minute protest. Villa's fans throw beach balls and balloons on to the pitch. Referee Bobby Madley has to halt the game while stewards attempt to clear the field. We're back under way after a brief stoppage.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

There was a chance for Newcastle amid all that drama at Sunderland: Georginio Wijnaldum swung a shot goalwards after finding a little space inside the penalty area, but Mark Bunn got down well to save. "You're going down with the Villa," chant the Newcastle fans.

Another chance for Newcastle: Aleksandar Mitrovic climbs high to meet a left-wing cross, and directs his header just wide. The game is opening up a touch. Not much, but a touch.

Sunderland lead

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

It is not good news for Newcastle. Sunderland have scored two in quick succession to lead. Fabio Borini gets the equaliser against Chelsea. before Jermain Defoe controls and finishes expertly to make it 3-2. The game in hand for Sam Allardyce's team is on Wednesday against Everton, who are nobody's idea of a team in form right now.

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

It's not Wijnaldum coming off, it's Cheick Tiote. Ayoze Perez is on, with Rafa Benitez making an attacking change in an attempt to turn one point into three.

Elsewhere, Jack Colback causes Idrissa Gana some degree of pain with a late challange, and a few more balloons blow on to the pitch. And there is news from the Stadium of Light...

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Will Knox: Get Wijnaldum off and stick him straight on the transfer list

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Villa forward Scott Sinclair, who has had little impact this afternoon, bursts on to a through ball with hope of a breakthrough, but is just offside. In any case, Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow is quickly off his line to block.

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Another fan walkout?

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

The Villa fans are making a lot of noise now... The word in the stadium is that they are doing so as they prepare for another walkout in protest at the running of the club.

It has started raining, and the wind has blown on to the pitch a few of the balloons that had been cleared to the sidelines by the stewards.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

"If that was dropping Mitrovic could have made more of a contact. It shows willing from him, we haven't seen that from Newcastle."

'A great chance...'

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

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Former Magpies defender John Anderson at Villa Park

"A tough chance for Mitrovic - the keeper was right on top of him. he had to try and kill that ball but clipped it over the top of the net. 

"A great chance, because Villa tried to play him offside and instead spectacularly failed. He was clean through."

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

...and from it, Aleksandar Mitrovic misses the clearest chance of an afternoon light on clear chances. Andros Townsend's delivery is half-cleared and, when Chieck Tiote hooks it back in, Mitrovic has only Mark Bunn to beat - but lifts his lob over.

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YELLOW CARD

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

The best foul of the afternoon so far is committed by Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark, who sees Moussa Sissoko getting away down the right and tries to remove his shirt in an embrace. A booking and a Newcastle free-kick...

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

A Newcastle attack. The away fans raise their voices in excitement. The momentum is lost as Georginio Wijnaldum strays offside. The away fans drop their voices to a groan. As you were.

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

A change in attack for Newcastle: Aleksandar Mitrovic is on for Papiss Cisse. If one man can shake us from our collective torpor, it is the combustible Serbian.

Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

It is a sign of how poor this game has been that the television match director at Villa Park, grateful to have some sort of incident to work with at last, keeps showing replays of that Colback chance. We're up to four so far.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Newcastle almost catch Villa dozing in the first 45 seconds of the second half. Andros Townsend's low cross from the right takes a slight deflection off Ciaran Clark, causing Papiss Cisse to perform an air shot; but Jack Colback has a clear sight of goal 12 yards out, only to balloon the ball into the North Stand. Balloon is very much the word today.

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KICK-OFF

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Right, wake up everybody. The second half's starting.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

"Newcastle have really not grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, they haven't broken Villa down. 

"Newcastle have the capability to score goals and they haven't done that so far."

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'The last thing Newcastle wanted'

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

BBC Newcastle

Former Newcastle defender John Anderson at Villa Park

"It's been 45 minutes from Newcastle that shows them as a timid away team. Benitez has set up his team not to lose, but the Magpies must take the game to Villa to disincentivise them. 

"As the game's worn on, Aston Villa have grown into it. That is the last thing Newcastle wanted."

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

The first-half stats are in from Opta. There were three shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes. Not three shots on target: Three shots in total. The Villa fans had more efforts on goal with their beach balls.

Sunderland trail at the break

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

A little lift for Newcastle to go with their half-time cuppa: Nemanja Matic has taken advantage of some pretty slack defending to slot in a second goal for Chelsea, who are back in front at Sunderland. Sam Allardyce's team started the day third from bottom, a point behind Newcastle, but with a game in hand.

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HALF-TIME

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Steve Wilson

BBC Match of the Day commentator at Villa Park

"A half in which both goalkeepers could have worked on their tans. Newcastle have lacked invention, seeming infected by the lethargy that has affected Aston Villa following the confirmation of their relegation. Newcastle have got to win this game, but you wouldn't know it."

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

In all seriousness, the first half has been utterly, utterly dreadful. One minute of time has been added on for the clearance of stray inflatables from the pitch.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

I have just realised that all I have to do to make this game come alive is to utter a simple phrase. So here we go.

"There is no prospect of a goal here at Villa Park."

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Blow for Newcastle

Sunderland 1-1 Chelsea

Bad news for Newcastle - Sunderland have equalised at home to Chelsea. It's a cracking volley from Wahbi Khazri, who fires in from 20 yards to sort out a short game of head tennis following a Sunderland free-kick. 

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

Andros Townsend looks Newcastle's likeliest route to goal at the moment. The midfielder, with three goals in his last five games, whips in a cross from the right that keeper Mark Bunn plucks from the air.

Andros Townsend
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'Let Andros Townsend have a run'

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

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Former Newcastle defender John Anderson at Villa Park

"Villa have shown nothing. Newcastle, simply, need to drop the ball behind the Villa wing-backs and let Andros Townsend have a run."

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

After 35 minutes and 40 seconds at Villa Park, we finally we have a shot on target, of sorts. It comes at the end of a decent Newcastle counter-attack involving Andros Townsend and Georginio Wijnaldum; the ball is worked right to Vurnon Anita, whose cross is volleyed into the ground by Papiss Cisse. The striker, seeking the spectacular, does not connect cleanly, and Mark Bunn gathers the bouncing ball comfortably.

Papiss Demba Cisse shoots
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