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Villians Drop The Ball, Fall To Magpies At Home (VIDEO)

In one of the more disappointing performances of the weekend, Aston Villa dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Newcastle, who now appear to be in proper working order. The visitors struck first at Villa Park on 18 minutes through Hatem Ben Arfa, who was rather fortunate to score after teammate Papiss Demba Cissé miraculously kept possession while dribbling through the Villa defense before setting him up for the elementary finish. Newcastle continued to control the game after the goal, enforcing their tempo on Villa and forcing them into a bit of a defensive shell. All seemed rosy for Newcastle until the 67th, when Cristian Benteke rose above everyone including Newcastle keeper Tim Krul off a corner kick and headed into an empty net to level the match. The goal had been vacated by Krul who came out for a punch, but got nowhere near the ball as Benteke’s superhuman leap jolted Aston Villa back into the match. Their newfound energy lasted just 6 minutes though with Yoan Gouffran putting Newcastle back in front in the 73rd after he easily finished into an empty net himself after Brad Guzan had parried a Ben Arfa shot right into his path. That ended up being the last real action of the match (save for a bit more huffing and puffing by Villa) with Newcastle notching their 2nd win in a row and Villa coming out flat after the International break.

Next Matches: Aston Villa at Norwich City                                  Newcastle United vs. Hull City

Stat of Match: Total Shots Aston Villa: 10 Newcastle United: 17

Here’s Newcastle boss Alan Pardew after the match…

About Cameron Drummond

A 16 year old, 1/2 Brazilian, 1/2 Scottish football fan from the United States. Specializes in action from the EPL, Football League, and International scene. Has a soft spot for Swindon Town (ENG), Dumbarton (SCO), and Chelsea based on family ties. Find me on Twitter @cdrummond97

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