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Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle United

By Mike WhalleyBBC Sport
Aleksandar Mitrovic
Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic missed good second-half chances as Aston Villa secured a first league point since 6 February

Newcastle United dropped into the Premier League's bottom three as relegated Aston Villa ended a run of 11 defeats amid more fan protests.

Villa supporters, angry at the running of their club, halted the match briefly in the 74th minute by throwing beach balls on to the pitch.

Aleksandar Mitrovic headed wide two good second-half chances for Newcastle.

Sunderland, who beat Chelsea, would relegate Rafael Benitez's side with victory over Everton on Wednesday.

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Shades of 2009 as Newcastle lack adventure

Papiss Cisse and Aleksandar Mitrovic
Papiss Cisse (left heatmap) created little threat in the 52 minutes he was on the pitch, while Aleksandar Mitrovic (right heatmap) spent far more time in the Villa penalty area after his introduction

Newcastle's last relegation from the Premier League, seven years ago, was confirmed with a soporific final-day defeat at Aston Villa.

Against opponents in turmoil off the pitch, and without a Premier League point since 6 February on it, Newcastle once again paid a heavy price for lacking adventure at Villa Park.

Benitez's side managed just one shot on target in a dreadful first half, as Papiss Cisse mis-hit a volley into the ground from Vurnon Anita's cross.

They showed a little more urgency in the second half, with Jack Colback firing over a good chance seconds after the the restart, but still not enough to merit a victory.

Mitrovic's introduction as a substitute for the ineffective Cisse saw the visitors begin to create more chances.

Having lobbed over when put through by Cheick Tiote's hooked pass, the Serbia striker headed wide when well placed, before missing the target again from Chancel Mbemba's delivery, while Georginio Wijnaldum's shot was beaten away by keeper Mark Bunn.

The result did extend Newcastle's unbeaten run to five matches, but they now need help from elsewhere to stand any chance of survival.

Villa avoid unwanted record amid protests

Beach balls
Villa fans threw inflatables on to the pitch in the opening moments, and again in the 74th minute

Aston Villa fans have become increasingly enraged during an embarrassing season, which has featured a series of protests at recent games.

Supporters registered their frustration this time by bringing hundreds of beach balls into Villa Park, and throwing them on to the field to disrupt play.

One first-half Newcastle attack took place with a giant inflatable football inside the six-yard box, but the main protest took place in the 74th minute, a time picked by fans because Villa were founded in 1874.

Amid the chaos, Villa did at least manage to avoid a 12th successive league defeat, which would have beaten the club record set in 1963, and equalled at Watford last weekend.

That they earned a point was thanks in part to Villa defender Ciaran Clark, who threw himself in the way of a late Wijnaldum shot to block.

Benitez needs Everton's help

Rafa Benitez
Newcastle's draw brought them only their second away league point of 2016

The Premier League relegation battle is set for a fascinating finale over the next eight days, with former Liverpool manager Benitez now needing a huge favour from Everton.

Roberto Martinez's side can keep alive Newcastle's survival hopes on Wednesday by avoiding defeat at Sunderland, who will relish the opportunity to relegate their great rivals.

Sam Allardyce's team came from a goal down twice to beat Chelsea 3-2 and climb out of the bottom three - and, like relegation rivals Norwich, they have a game in hand on Newcastle.

It leaves the prospect of Benitez, a manager who began this season in charge of Real Madrid, starting next season in the Championship.

Man of the match - Andros Townsend (Newcastle)

Andros Townsend
In a match desperately short on quality, the midfielder was Newcastle's creative outlet - but he could not find a winner to follow the one he scored against Crystal Palace last Saturday

The stats you need to know

  • Aston Villa ended a run of 11 consecutive Premier League defeats with this point.
  • Villa have won none of their past 10 Premier League games against Newcastle United (D5 L5).
  • The Magpies have scored just 13 goals in their past 25 Premier League away games.
  • Newcastle have gone 11 Premier League games on the road without winning (D2 L9).
  • Despite this, Rafa Benitez's side are unbeaten in five in the Premier League, their best run since November 2014 (when they went six matches unbeaten).
  • There have been just four goals scored in the past five Premier League meetings between these two teams.

What they said

Aston Villa caretaker-manager Eric Black: "Last week, the performance at Watford merited more, but we built on that, worked tirelessly all afternoon and the supporters came with us. I thought the reaction was brilliant. The Villa fans have got a big part to play in getting this club back to the Premier League.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle: Black impressed by 'unbelievable' fans' response

"It has been difficult to play in a relegation battle, but we have got some outstanding footballers and I thought we coped with them today."

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: "We are disappointed. Sunderland won, so all we can do now is wait for the score of their game on Wednesday and try to win our game.

Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle: Benitez says Magpies must fight till the end

"We were a little bit anxious in the first half. We were not comfortable in possession. You have to take your chances and we didn't do that.

"We had to change things in the second half. We did that, but it was not enough.."

What next?

Newcastle end their season at home to Tottenham on 15 May, the same day that Villa bow out of the Premier League at Arsenal.

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Aston Villa

Formation 3-5-2

  • 31Bunn
  • 7Bacuna
  • 16Lescott
  • 6ClarkBooked at 59mins
  • 21Hutton
  • 15Westwood
  • 24C Sánchez
  • 8Gueye
  • 46Toner
  • 19J Ayew
  • 9SinclairSubstituted forHepburn-Murphyat 90'minutes


  • 1Guzan
  • 4Richards
  • 20Traoré
  • 25Gil
  • 29Hepburn-Murphy
  • 38Lyden
  • 40Grealish


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Darlow
  • 8Anita
  • 18Mbemba
  • 15Lascelles
  • 3DummettBooked at 90mins
  • 24TiotéSubstituted forPérezat 68'minutes
  • 4ColbackSubstituted forde Jongat 90'minutes
  • 25Townsend
  • 7Sissoko
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 9CisséSubstituted forMitrovicat 52'minutes


  • 10de Jong
  • 12Shelvey
  • 17Pérez
  • 22Janmaat
  • 27Taylor
  • 41Woodman
  • 45Mitrovic
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Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamNewcastle
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Newcastle United 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

  5. Post update

    Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kevin Toner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

  12. Post update

    Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Toner (Aston Villa).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy replaces Scott Sinclair.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Siem de Jong replaces Jack Colback.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

  18. Post update

    Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

  20. Post update

    Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

4Man City361971068383064
5Man Utd36189944311363
6West Ham361514761471459
14Crystal Palace37119173847-942
15West Brom371012153347-1442
20Aston Villa3738262772-4517
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