Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle United

25 Sep

Aaron Tshibola scores


Aaron Tshibola’s header was his first goal for Villa since joining the club from Reading in the summer

Aaron Tshibola headed a late equaliser as Aston Villa fought back to draw with Newcastle in a meeting of two of last season’s Premier League sides.

Newcastle dominated the first half and led when Tommy Elphick turned DeAndre Yedlin’s cross into his own net.

Dwight Gayle and Mo Diame both missed chances to double Newcastle’s lead.

Mile Jedinak had a header ruled out for offside and Jordan Ayew hit the post for Villa, before substitute Tshibola met Ayew’s corner at the far post.

Villa had already lost nine points from winning positions this season, more than any other team in the Championship, after conceding a host of late goals.

But it was Newcastle who were left feeling deflated after not taking a series of chances to put the game out of the hosts’ reach.

Villa, who left out Jack Grealish while an internal investigation continues into the midfielder’s part in an all-night party at a Birmingham hotel, were second best for long spells and trailed when Elphick sliced into his own goal.

The Villa captain then lost possession to put Gayle clean through but the striker saw his shot saved by keeper Pierluigi Gollini, before Diame sliced wide from six yards after the break.

Villa improved in the closing stages and were denied an equaliser by a correct offside flag when Jedinak headed in Ayew’s free-kick, before the Ghanaian forward curled a brilliant shot against the post.

But Tshibola’s first goal for the club rescued a point as Villa drew for the sixth time in nine league games this season.

Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo:

“Against (Nottingham) Forest we turned the game around but unfortunately we conceded an equaliser.

“Today we got it back and pushed on to find the second. There’s certainly a degree of belief that we’re still in the game and can win.

“Our challenge is to turn the draws into wins because we have drawn too many games and that’s what the table reflects.”

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez:

“We were so dominant in the first half we could’ve finished the game and now we’re talking about another thing.

“That’s football, you have to take your chances and we didn’t do it.

“We made some mistakes defending in the second half and we have to give credit to them but, for me, the positives were the first half and the negatives were the mistakes in the second half and that we allowed them to stay in the game.”

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Newcastle United 1.

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

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Cheick Tioté.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Cheick Tioté.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Matz Sels.

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pierluigi Gollini.

Hand ball by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United).

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United).

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Newcastle United 1. Aaron Tshibola (Aston Villa) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jonjo Shelvey.

Attempt blocked. James Chester (Aston Villa) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

James Chester (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy replaces Ashley Westwood.

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa).

Offside, Aston Villa. Rudy Gestede tries a through ball, but Jordan Ayew is caught offside.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Dwight Gayle.

Aaron Tshibola (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Aaron Tshibola (Aston Villa) has gone down, but that’s a dive.

Attempt blocked. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Cheick Tioté replaces DeAndre Yedlin because of an injury.

Delay in match DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Jordan Amavi.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Offside, Aston Villa. Jordan Ayew tries a through ball, but Mile Jedinak is caught offside.

Foul by Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United).

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

Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United).

Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

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