Aston Villa moved above Chelsea and Southampton into eighth within the Premier League with a win over Newcastle which elevated the stress on supervisor Steve Bruce.
Regardless of enjoying a extra optimistic 5-3-2 formation, the guests have been undone by a Villa crew whose supervisor Dean Smith watched from the stands following his touchline ban.
His spectacular outfit nonetheless confirmed the short attacking interaction which has been a characteristic of their season as Ollie Watkins ended a run of 9 league video games with no aim when he headed within the opener following Fabian Schar’s mistake.
Newcastle, who’ve scored solely as soon as of their previous eight video games, lacked the type of confidence in entrance of aim that Villa confirmed in doubling their lead.
Bertrand Traore performed a one-two with Jack Grealish earlier than cannoning a shot in off the crossbar.
There have been alternatives for Bruce’s aspect, who launched Allan Saint-Maximin – after a protracted coronavirus absence – and Ryan Fraser for the ultimate 19 minutes.
However they didn’t bother a Villa crew who are actually 5 factors off fourth-placed Liverpool with two video games in hand.
Defeat for Newcastle means they’re winless in 10 video games and slip to sixteenth, seven factors above the relegation zone.
Newcastle supply higher steadiness however identical outcome
Newcastle followers, who’ve been crucial of Bruce’s fashion, would possibly level to Villa as a crew who can play optimistic attacking soccer with comparable assets.
The actual fact Villa have loved an upward curve since Bruce left the membership in 2018 is not going to be misplaced on them, and despite the fact that the Newcastle supervisor was proper to say previous to this sport that Smith has loved the advantages of final summer season’s funding in gamers, Villa have been a pleasure to observe this season.
In distinction, Newcastle, who began the season positively, have been in a rut. Debate about Bruce’s formations have been rife on Tyneside and his place got here beneath additional dialogue on Saturday after former Magpies supervisor Rafael Benitez left his job in China.
However in selecting a 5-3-2 formation, it did appear to supply a greater steadiness. Jonjo Shelvey, Miguel Almiron and the deeper Jeff Hendrick made up the midfield, permitting Andy Carroll to help Callum Wilson up entrance.
For a lot of the primary half it seemed promising. However when moving into good positions, Newcastle have been let down by poor crossing or ending, with Carroll losing two good alternatives.
Their dwindling confidence was not helped by Schar’s error when he didn’t clear Matt Targett’s first-time cross, permitting Watkins to nod previous a flapping Karl Darlow.
Traore’s end put a cushty distance between the 2 sides and Newcastle by no means seemed like breaking by.
There was a short carry as soon as Saint-Maximin and Fraser got here on with the latter virtually getting on the top of Almiron’s by ball, nevertheless it was one other dismal night time for Bruce, who has loads to ponder as he makes an attempt to arrest a worrying slide in direction of the underside three.
Villa hotting up for European chase
In shedding three of their previous 4 video games, Villa have been on their worst run of the season.
But this efficiency, plus the truth that a draw and two defeats within the league got here towards Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester Metropolis, confirmed that Smith’s crew are nonetheless heading in the right direction, particularly after recovering from a coronavirus outbreak of their squad.
By shifting above Chelsea and inside touching distance of the highest 4, European ambitions should nonetheless characteristic in Smith’s plans.
Regardless of sitting within the stands on a freezing night time after criticising the officers within the midweek defeat by Manchester Metropolis, his aspect could have offered followers with a lot optimism for the remainder of the season with one other environment friendly attacking show.
They could have been lucky for the primary aim, though Targett’s cross was wonderful, however Traore’s fifth aim of the season three minutes earlier than half-time typified their strategy regardless of Newcastle claiming Darlow was fouled beforehand.
There may have been extra for Villa, with the spectacular Grealish curling one effort huge. The bubbling Watkins may even have added to his 9 objectives this season.
However with their defence well-marshalled by the vocal Tyrone Mings, and Douglas Luiz offering cowl in midfield, Villa ran out comfy winners.
Grealish the help king
- Jack Grealish has offered eight assists in 17 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa this season, greater than he had in his first 4 seasons within the competitors mixed (seven in 70 video games).
- Aston Villa have saved a clear sheet in 9 of their 17 Premier League video games this season, with solely Manchester Metropolis (10) recording a shutout extra usually.
- Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins scored his third headed aim within the Premier League this season, with solely Dominic Calvert-Lewin having scored extra to date this time period (4).
- After having the primary shot on track in the entire match within the fourth minute, Newcastle didn’t register a single try on track for the remainder of the sport.
Villa journey to face Burnley on Wednesday within the Premier League earlier than a visit to Southampton the next Saturday.
Newcastle host Leeds on Tuesday within the Premier League earlier than travelling to Everton subsequent Saturday.
Extra to observe.
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- 21El Ghazi
- 27El Mohamady
- 19ManquilloSubstituted forSaint-Maximinat 71′minutes
- 6LascellesBooked at 57mins
- 5SchärBooked at 26mins
- 24AlmirónSubstituted forGayleat 81′minutes
- 7CarrollBooked at 54minsSubstituted forFraserat 71′minutes
- 4M Longstaff
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Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Newcastle United 0.
Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Newcastle United 0.
Try saved. Trézéguet (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the backside left nook.
Nook, Aston Villa. Conceded by Karl Darlow.
Try missed. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) proper footed shot from the centre of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick following a nook.
Try missed. Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United) proper footed shot from the fitting aspect of the field misses to the left following a nook.
Nook, Newcastle United. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.
Foul by Trézéguet (Aston Villa).
Jamal Lewis (Newcastle United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Trézéguet (Aston Villa).
Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa).
Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Jacob Ramsey replaces Jack Grealish.
Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).
Try missed. Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the field misses to the fitting. Assisted by Jack Grealish with a cross following a set piece scenario.
Trézéguet (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the fitting wing.
Foul by Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United).
Substitution, Newcastle United. Dwight Gayle replaces Miguel Almirón.