Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United: Watkins ends aim drought as stress on Bruce grows

Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United: Watkins ends aim drought as stress on Bruce grows

Ollie Watkins opened the scoring
Ollie Watkins’ opener ended a run of 9 league video games with no aim for the Villa striker

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.

What subsequent?

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.

Participant of the match

GrealishJack Grealish

Aston Villa

  1. Squad quantity10Participant identifyGrealish

  2. Squad quantity11Participant identifyWatkins

  3. Squad quantity18Participant identifyTargett

  4. Squad quantity5Participant identifyMings

  5. Squad quantity15Participant identifyTraoré

  6. Squad quantity4Participant identifyKonsa

  7. Squad quantity2Participant identifyMoney

  8. Squad quantity26Participant identifyMartínez

  9. Squad quantity19Participant identifyNakamba

  10. Squad quantity6Participant identifyDouglas Luiz

  11. Squad quantity20Participant identifyBarkley

  12. Squad quantity17Participant identifyTrézéguet

  13. Squad quantity41Participant identifyRamsey

  14. Squad quantity21Participant identifyEl Ghazi

Newcastle United

  1. Squad quantity24Participant identifyAlmirón

  2. Squad quantity14Participant identifyHayden

  3. Squad quantity26Participant identifyDarlow

  4. Squad quantity10Participant identifySaint-Maximin

  5. Squad quantity13Participant identifyWilson

  6. Squad quantity19Participant identifyManquillo

  7. Squad quantity5Participant identifySchär

  8. Squad quantity6Participant identifyLascelles

  9. Squad quantity21Participant identifyFraser

  10. Squad quantity7Participant identifyCarroll

  11. Squad quantity15Participant identifyLewis

  12. Squad quantity12Participant identifyGayle

  13. Squad quantity8Participant identifyShelvey

  14. Squad quantity16Participant identifyHendrick

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Martínez
  • 2Money
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 19Nakamba
  • 15TraoréSubstituted forTrézéguetat 80′minutes
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forEl Ghaziat 80′minutes
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forRamseyat 88′minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 3Taylor
  • 17Trézéguet
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 22Engels
  • 24Guilbert
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 39Davis
  • 41Ramsey

Newcastle

Formation 5-3-2

  • 26Darlow
  • 19ManquilloSubstituted forSaint-Maximinat 71′minutes
  • 14Hayden
  • 6LascellesBooked at 57mins
  • 5SchärBooked at 26mins
  • 15Lewis
  • 8Shelvey
  • 16Hendrick
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forGayleat 81′minutes
  • 7CarrollBooked at 54minsSubstituted forFraserat 71′minutes
  • 13Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Dubravka
  • 4M Longstaff
  • 9Joelinton
  • 10Saint-Maximin
  • 11Ritchie
  • 12Gayle
  • 17Krafth
  • 21Fraser
  • 23Murphy

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