Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa – Match highlights and interviews

Hatem Ben Arfa v Aston Villa

Match highlights of the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa yesterday for you all to ponder over now.

It should have been three points yesterday but it wasn’t to be and in the end I would say that a draw is a fair result. Paul Lambert’s side worked hard for their share of the spoils and caused us problems all afternoon whilst we once again looked bereft of ideas until a moment of magic from Hatem Ben Arfa.

The thing is we are relying on him too much. Villa did a good job of marking him out of the game in the first half and we saw nothing from the talented Frenchman. That wasn’t especially his fault as there is only so much one player can do when he has two or three following him around.

However this is where his team mates should be stepping up and taking some of the strain and to be fair they just aren’t right now and that needs to change.

The pleasing side is that it is plainly obvious we can play better than we have been doing and I’m pretty certain everything will click into place at some point. When it does we’ll be fine but the longer our disjointed performances go on the harder it will be to keep up with the big boys like we did last season.

Onwards and upwards I guess…

85 thoughts on “Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa – Match highlights and interviews

  1. Ice, I missed the game as I was genuinely out of town for a few days with some mates on a “lads” trip. All the tv’s I had access to were not playing our game. I will try and look for a replay someone and watch the game.
    I did manage to watch a couple of the other games and to be honest, most of the top half teams look flat… It seems to be the norm that the promoted and lower teams go out hard at the start of the year and pick up the majority of the points they get for the year. So it is hard to gauge how we are going based on that theory. Also the new players we had last year were keen to impress so they were really busting a nut on the park. Saying that we were flat in a number of games early last year (QPR away come immediately to mind) so I don’t think we have too much to worry about. Look at the Gunners last year, they were nearly bottom of the table 5 or 6 games in and look how well they did…
    And with the players not looking happy…. well I think there expectations are higher as well so if they are playing like shit, then they are likely to be pissed off on the park, I am not saying that is the answer but it could be a reason..

    That’s the short answer to your question mate 😆 😆


  2. Big Dave, I was trying to cover all the bases in one reply 😯
    I’ll stick to one sentence answers from now on :mrgreen:


  3. well i will have to gan oot and cut these conifers a mans work is never done,you want to try it oot Aussie instead of attacking wee animals 😀 😀


  4. Ice, yeah, much better from our athletes mate.. might save me a bit of stick from you 🙂 🙂 Take it easy on those plants though, you don’t want to chip a nail 🙂 🙂 🙂


  5. Even a 4-3-2-1
    Diamond shape would work a lot nicer then 4-4-2
    Plenty of midfielders to place in all them positions nicely.
    As its been dscussed on many of comments 4-4-2 just isnt suitable for us, it isnt creating any chances at all, looked very weak against Aston Villa, and we should of walked all over them. Midefield was disjointed, and defence looked weaker then usual, hopefully prepared better for Everton away, going to be a tough game, also, we need a person who can actualy cross a ball to someone to take the corners, every single one against Villa went to waste.


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