Papiss Demba Cisse marked his Newcastle debut with a stunning strike that helped his side beat Aston Villa to move back up to fifth in the table.

The £10m signing scored the winner in the second half when he chested down Jonas Gutierrez's cross and slammed in a half-volley from inside the area.

Senegal team-mate Demba Ba had put the hosts in front when he poked in from close range in the first half.

Robbie Keane levelled for Villa, firing home from about a yard out.

Cisse goal something special - Pardew

The visitors should have had more than just that one, but were thwarted on several occasions by keeper Tim Krul, who pulled off an outstanding save in the dying moments to deny substitute Gary Gardner.

Before Ba's opener gave Newcastle the lead, the Dutch stopper had already made four crucial saves, two from England striker Darren Bent, one from Stiliyan Petrov and another from Keane.

NEWCASTLE FACT

  • Papiss Demba Cisse is the first Newcastle player to score on his PL debut since Xisco v Hull in September 2008

The visiting side were made to rue those misses when Ba, who returned to the starting line-up following his exploits at the Africa Cup of Nations, thrashed home from six yards after Villa failed to clear Danny Guthrie's cross.

The downside for Newcastle was that, even as the striker celebrated scoring his 16th goal of the season, team-mate Ryan Taylor was lying injured after colliding with Stephen Warnock, who blocked his shot in the build-up to the goal.

Taylor, who was playing on the right of midfield, had to be carried off on a stretcher with what looked a serious leg injury.

Newcastle an example to Aston Villa - McLeish

It meant a second enforced change for Newcastle, with injured striker Leon Best having been replaced by Cisse early on.

Villa carried on pressing and finally breached the Magpies defence in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time.

Winger Charles N'Zogbia surged into the left-side of the area and played a square ball for Keane, who stole in past his marker and finished from about a yard.

VILLA FACT

  • Aston Villa have claimed 11 points from losing positions this season, only Wolves (13) have more

Former Freiburg forward Cisse had looked lively after coming on in the 14th minute but failed with three headers and seemed likely to have to wait to open his account in England.

But with less than 20 minutes remaining the new Newcastle number nine scored with a scintillating strike.

Flying Argentine winger Gutierrez swung in a ball from the left that Cisse controlled with his chest before arrowing his strike into Shay Given's top-right corner.

Villa desperately searched for an equaliser, but their efforts continued to be scuppered by Krul who punched away a fierce Ciaran Clark drive before blocking Gardner's close-range effort with seconds remaining.

The result leaves Villa in 13th and without a win on Tyneside since 2005.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Newcastle

  • 26 Krul
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 03 Santon
  • 05 Simpson Booked
  • 06 Williamson
  • 14 Perch
  • 16 R Taylor (Obertan - 33' )
  • 08 Guthrie
  • 18 Gutierrez
  • 19 Ba (Sh Ameobi - 90' )
  • 20 Best (Cisse - 14' )

Substitutes

  • 35 Elliot
  • 31 Ferguson
  • 10 Ben Arfa
  • 15 Gosling
  • 25 Obertan
  • 09 Cisse
  • 23 Sh Ameobi

Aston Villa

  • 01 Given
  • 02 Hutton
  • 03 Warnock
  • 05 Dunne Booked
  • 21 Clark (Gardner - 84' )
  • 24 Cuellar
  • 07 Ireland (Bannan - 46' )
  • 10 N'Zogbia (Heskey - 66' )
  • 19 Petrov
  • 09 Bent Booked
  • 20 Keane

Substitutes

  • 22 Guzan
  • 30 Lichaj
  • 32 Baker
  • 25 Bannan
  • 38 Gardner
  • 18 Heskey
  • 26 Weimann
Ref: Halsey
Att: 48,569

Match Stats

Shots

16 13

On target

8 8

Corners

4 4

Fouls

6 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:32 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:54

Centre by Barry Bannan, clearance made by Mike Williamson.

90:00 +2:11

Unfair challenge on Emile Heskey by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:39

Unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Emile Heskey results in a free kick. Danny Guthrie takes the direct free kick.

89:21 Substitution

Substitution Demba Ba goes off and Shola Ameobi comes on.

89:12

Stephen Warnock sends in a cross, clearance by James Perch.

88:56

The ball is delivered by Barry Bannan, clearance made by Mike Williamson.

88:47

Stephen Warnock sends in a cross, Davide Santon manages to make a clearance.

87:10

A cross is delivered by Barry Bannan, Gary Gardner takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.

84:33

Effort from the edge of the box by Gary Gardner goes wide of the right-hand upright.

83:24

Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.

83:24 Substitution

Substitution Gary Gardner replaces Ciaran Clark.

83:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Richard Dunne.

83:09

Ciaran Clark has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by Tim Krul.

80:44

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Guthrie, free kick awarded for a foul by Fabricio Coloccini on Darren Bent. Shay Given takes the free kick.

80:21

Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.

79:47

The ball is crossed by Alan Hutton, comfortable save by Tim Krul.

78:51

Shot from long range by James Perch misses to the right of the goal.

77:05

Papiss Cisse is caught offside. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.

73:29

Barry Bannan produces a cross, Tim Krul makes a save.

70:55

The assist for the goal came from Jonas Gutierrez.

70:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Papiss Cisse - Newcastle 2 - 1 A Villa Goal scored by Papiss Cisse from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-1 Aston Villa.

70:41

Unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Darren Bent results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.

69:48

Inswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan.

68:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Keane by Fabricio Coloccini. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick.

68:44

Stephen Warnock crosses the ball, Darren Bent takes a shot. Blocked by Mike Williamson.

67:59

Papiss Cisse challenges Robbie Keane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Cuellar restarts play with the free kick.

67:04

Danny Guthrie takes the direct free kick.

67:04 Booking

Booking Darren Bent is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

66:58

Foul by Darren Bent on Danny Guthrie, free kick awarded.

65:43 Substitution

Substitution Charles N'Zogbia goes off and Emile Heskey comes on.

64:59

The ball is crossed by Danny Guthrie, comfortable save by Shay Given.

64:43

Shot by Gabriel Obertan. Robbie Keane gets a block in.

61:40

The ball is delivered by Danny Guthrie, Close range headed effort by Papiss Cisse clears the crossbar.

60:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Bannan on Jonas Gutierrez. Danny Guthrie crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Richard Dunne.

60:18

The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.

59:07

Richard Dunne challenges Demba Ba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Demba Ba.

58:36

Danny Simpson delivers the ball, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.

56:57

Centre by Gabriel Obertan, clearance by Barry Bannan.

56:14

Robbie Keane produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

54:47

Effort from the edge of the area by Gabriel Obertan goes wide of the right-hand post.

54:26

The ball is sent over by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance by Mike Williamson.

53:11

Danny Guthrie produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

52:08

Stiliyan Petrov delivers the ball, clearance by Mike Williamson.

51:43

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stiliyan Petrov.

49:20

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Guthrie. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.

48:51

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the right by-line, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

47:25

The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance by Carlos Cuellar.

45:48

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.

45:12 Substitution

Substitution Barry Bannan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen Ireland.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +6:04 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +4:36

Assist on the goal came from Charles N'Zogbia.

45:00 +4:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Keane - Newcastle 1 - 1 A Villa Robbie Keane finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa.

45:00 +3:50

The ball is sent over by Charles N'Zogbia, Davide Santon manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +3:09

Centre by Danny Guthrie, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Papiss Cisse goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

45:00 +2:38

Danny Guthrie takes the inswinging corner, Alan Hutton makes a clearance.

45:00 +2:29

Shot by Davide Santon. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.

45:00 +1:32

Danny Guthrie crosses the ball, Header from close range by Papiss Cisse misses to the right of the target.

44:32

The ball is delivered by Robbie Keane, Tim Krul makes a comfortable save.

43:35

Corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia, Danny Guthrie manages to make a clearance.

43:27

A cross is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.

41:01

Stephen Ireland produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

40:19

Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Jonas Gutierrez results in a free kick. Stiliyan Petrov crosses the ball in from the free kick.

39:14

Effort from deep inside the area by Charles N'Zogbia misses to the left of the goal.

38:21

Free kick taken by Tim Krul.

38:21 Booking

Booking Richard Dunne goes into the referee's book.

38:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Richard Dunne.

38:02

The ball is crossed by Gabriel Obertan, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance.

37:38

Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.

37:38 Booking

Booking The referee shows Danny Simpson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

37:26

Danny Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia.

36:54

Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, save made by Shay Given.

35:33

The ball is delivered by Stephen Warnock, save by Tim Krul.

34:17

The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Bent. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.

32:57 Substitution

Substitution Gabriel Obertan comes on in place of Ryan Taylor.

29:27

Assist by Ryan Taylor.

29:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Demba Ba - Newcastle 1 - 0 A Villa Demba Ba finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa.

29:25

Ryan Taylor produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

28:21

Charles N'Zogbia sends in a cross, blocked by Danny Simpson.

27:43

Effort from 20 yards by Robbie Keane. Save made by Tim Krul.

27:16

Darren Bent takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Tim Krul makes a save.

26:58

Alan Hutton produces a cross, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.

26:28

The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson, clearance by Carlos Cuellar.

25:35

The ball is crossed by Ryan Taylor.

22:28

Davide Santon crosses the ball, Stephen Warnock manages to make a clearance.

20:33

Corner taken by Ryan Taylor played to the near post, Darren Bent makes a clearance.

20:21

Effort on goal by Demba Ba from 30 yards. Blocked by Richard Dunne.

18:20

Effort on goal by Ryan Taylor from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

18:10

The ball is delivered by Danny Guthrie, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.

17:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ciaran Clark on Davide Santon. Free kick crossed by Ryan Taylor, clearance made by Darren Bent.

16:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon by Charles N'Zogbia. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.

15:50

Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.

14:47

Charles N'Zogbia takes the inswinging corner, comfortable save by Tim Krul.

14:38

The ball is delivered by Robbie Keane, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.

13:19 Substitution

Substitution Papiss Cisse replaces Leon Best.

13:07

Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.

12:40

Shot by Darren Bent from 12 yards. Save by Tim Krul.

10:25

Leon Best takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Warnock.

6:23

Effort from outside the penalty area by Charles N'Zogbia goes wide left of the target.

5:33

Ryan Taylor fouled by Stephen Warnock, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Taylor takes the free kick.

1:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Simpson by Charles N'Zogbia. Tim Krul takes the free kick.

0:59

Davide Santon sends in a cross, clearance by Richard Dunne.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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