against Aston Villa. Premier League.
Friday, March 12, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
St. James’ Park, Newcastle.
Report and highlights as Jamaal Lascelles ‘late header gave Newcastle a dramatic draw against Aston Villa in St James’ Park; Aston Villa had expected victory after Ciaran Clark’s own goal; Newcastle remain 16th in the Premier League, now two points from the drop zone
Football Journalist –
After Jamaal Lascelles ‘header, Newcastle drew 1-1 with Aston Villa at St. James’ Park.
Ciaran Clark’s 86th-minute own goal apparently earned Villa all three points, until the Newcastle captain’s header saved a point for Steve Bruce in the 94th minute.
As a result, the hosts remain in 16th place, although now two points from the drop zone, with Dean Smith’s side remains in ninth place.
Newcastle desperately needed a morale win after going through four league games without a win, a run that dropped to a point below the top three at the wrong time of the season.
Villa were once again without their influential captain Jack Grealish, who went missing due to illness as the visitors looked for improvement after an absence of just four wins in 21 games when the England international was absent n.
However, both sides could have dealt with a player of Grealish’s imagination in a lackluster first half that was cagey, tight and lacking meaningful offensive play.
The only opportunity both of them Goalkeepers came into play before the break was when Trezeguet and Anwar El Ghazi – against the injured Bertrand Traore – exchanged passes on the right side of the box before former Martin Dubravka stabbed hard in the palms of the drive.
The however, the second phase was similar to the first when Villa pushed for a breakthrough. Ezri Konsa missed a fleeting header while Newcastle mostly tried to catch their opponents during the break.
Newcastle switched sides that drew 0-0 at West Brom last Sunday. Jeff Hendrick was replaced by Dwight Gayle.
Meanwhile, teenage Jacob Ramsey was back on the Aston Villa grid, moving into midfield for Morgan Sanson.
Matt Targett accidentally headed Isaac Hayden’s goal into the middle before Joelinton didn’t select a teammate in the six-yard box after making a clever turn in the box.
Jacob Murphy was seven minutes before the end of the game, desperate to open the gate. However, after turning and spinning around to make room for him in the penalty area, the substitute fell against the crossbar as the game seemed to end goalless.
But there was late, late drama in the northeast when Ollie Watkins hit Targett’s inviting left flank for the first time and the ball somehow got into the net through a major distraction from Clark, who was credited with an own goal.
Just when Villa believed he had done enough to claim the win , Lascelles hit Murphy’s cross with a strong header in the fourth minute of stoppage time to score a goal that could prove decisive at the end of the season.
86 – This is only the third instance in the history of the Premier League, in which a team didn’t score the first goal in a game until the 86th minute of an away game and failed to win after Birmingham against West Brom in October 2002 and Leicester against Watford in 2002 on June 202 0. slip. pic.twitter.com/91u0aRvG70
While Villa has improved massively this season, no player has achieved as much as full-back Matt Targett, and he showed it again at St. James’ Park.
Targett was tenacious in tackling and was rarely disturbed by Newcastle strikers. He offered a point of sale all along. It’s a shame his teammates failed to get one of his balls into the box.
Meanwhile, Villa will face Tottenham on Sunday March 21st at 7.30pm at Villa Park. Both games will be played live in the Sky Sports Premier League.
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