Why Aston Villa are desperate to dent Newcastle’s survival hopes

There is also bad feeling between Villa and Newcastle fans after the Geordies were relegated at Villa Park in 2009.

Mocking banners read “Sob on the Tyne” and “Who’s your next messiah? Ant and Dec” and Geordie fans have not forgotten that.

Black said he was aware of it and that they motivation enough without getting involved in terrace taunts.

“I’m led to believe that there’s some of that attached to it but that’s football,” he added.

“I can’t control how our fans are or theirs for that matter. We want to win the game.”

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