After much had been made over Newcastle’s recent signings over the past few days, many fans were eager to see the newly dubbed French Revolution in action. What we saw was encouraging, Moussa Sissoko looked a tremendous player, showing speed and strength not too dissimilar to a certain Yaya Toure of Manchester City. Yoan Gouffran put a good shift in, he looks like a player that will do a lot of honest hard work for Papiss Cisse and grab a few goals for himself along the way.
Newcastle dominated the opening exchanges, passing the ball nicely and stopping Aston Villa from doing anything worthy of note. The first moment of class in the game was seen when David Santon unleashed a fierce, dipping shot that was saved by Brad Guzan. But Newcastle broke the deadlock when Moussa Sissoko rolled off a Villa player and feed a ball through to Cisse, who finished in style through Guzan’s legs. Charles N’zogbia then went close for Villa with a rasping half volley that struck the post. However Newcastle were still on top and they doubled their lead when Yohan Cabaye scored another top-class goal, cutting across the ball on the half volley from 25 yards to find the top corner of the goal.
At half time Villa brought on Anders Wiemann and Gabriel Agbonlahor, the effect was immediate, Wiemann tested Krul early in the second half, which was kept out. Then Agbonlahor won a penalty after a clumsy challenge from Mathieu Debuchy, Christian Benteke stepped up to send Krul the wrong way, Villa had their tails up. What followed was a constant stream of Villa attacks as they launched a Blitzkrieg of crosses and long balls unto the Newcastle box, Benteke won nearly everything, but after some heart in-mouth moments, including a clearance of the line and Tim Krul completely missing a punch for a cross, Newcastle tasted their first away victory of the season.
We should now look to kick on to really try and distance ourselves from any relegation talk, it will be tough however with our nest two games being Chelsea at home and Tottenham away.
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