France midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa scored one and set up another as Newcastle United beat Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Ben Arfa opened the scoring after some excellent work from on-loan Loic Remy, who was making his first start.

Christian Benteke equalised after the break when he powered home a corner from Ashley Westwood.

Poor first half cost Villa - Lambert

Yoan Gouffran secured victory for the visitors when he reacted quickest after Villa keeper Brad Guzan could only parry Ben Arfa's long-range effort.

The win was Newcastle's second of the season and came just days after manager Alan Pardew put out a statement about the club's failure to add to their squad before the transfer window closed.

The only player brought in by the club this summer was Remy, who has had an immediate impact since signing on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers.

He set up Ben Arfa for the only goal of the game as Newcastle beat Fulham last time out and he again combined with his fellow Frenchman to open the scoring.

Single goal in it

All five of Newcastle's last five league wins have been by a single-goal margin.

Ben Arfa, who scored just four goals last season, was causing the Villa defence no end of problems and he deserved his goal, pouncing to side-foot home the cross from Remy.

Villa, who have struggled to recreate the form that saw them beat Arsenal 3-1 on the opening day of the season, looked nervous on the ball, especially in attack.

Ciaran Clark had the best chance for the home side just before the break after Tim Krul could only tip an inswinging ball from the right, but Clark's first-time shot was straight into the side-netting.

Andreas Weimann then broke clear for Villa but with Benteke to his left he chose to go for goal only to screw his shot well wide, much to the dismay of the home crowd.

Pardew hails Ben Arfa performance

Whatever Paul Lambert said at the break certainly hit a nerve as his side almost blew Newcastle away at the start of the second half as Gabriel Agbonlahor saw an effort deflected wide before he should have equalised.

Matt Lowton played in Weimann on the right and he swung in an excellent cross, but Agbonlahor somehow diverted the ball well wide from just six yards out.

Villa did add to their squad on transfer deadline day, as they completed the £7m signing of Libor Kozak, and his introduction coincided with the equaliser.

His height added confusion in the Newcastle box, allowing Benteke to score his fifth goal of the season.

It was nothing more than the home side deserved, but with Ben Arfa on the pitch it was Newcastle who always looked the most dangerous.

Did you know?

Villa have conceded a goal in each of their last 13 Premier League matches at Villa Park.

He had one curling effort saved before his long-range effort was not dealt with by Guzan, who could then only watch on as Gouffran fired home.

Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote both also went close to adding to the score as Newcastle moved up to eighth in the table, while Villa slipped to 16th.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:

"We never really got going in the first half - credit to Newcastle on that. We got back in the game with Christian's goal. The second goal was a poor goal to concede.

"You pick yourselves up when you go behind and go again. We gave it a right go but you can't start the way we did."

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew:

"We played very, very well today and I thought some of our play was what it should be at Newcastle. We have a real attacking mode at the club and that's the type of offensive side I want to put out, but I have been unable to do so really since Demba Ba left.

"There were some magnificent performances around the pitch and I thought we were excellent."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 05 Okore (Clark - 30' )
  • 14 Luna
  • 34 Lowton
  • 08 El Ahmadi (Kozak - 67' )
  • 15 Westwood
  • 16 Delph Booked
  • 10 Weimann (Tonev - 88' )
  • 11 Agbonlahor
  • 20 Benteke

Substitutes

  • 13 Steer
  • 06 Clark
  • 07 Bacuna
  • 18 Sylla
  • 24 Tonev
  • 09 Helenius
  • 27 Kozak

Newcastle

  • 01 Krul
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 03 Santon
  • 13 Yanga-M'Biwa Booked
  • 26 Debuchy Booked
  • 04 Cabaye Booked (Sa Ameobi - 88' )
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 08 Anita (Tiote - 74' )
  • 10 Ben Arfa
  • 14 Remy (Gouffran - 63' Booked )
  • 09 Cisse

Substitutes

  • 21 Elliot
  • 27 S Taylor
  • 36 Dummett
  • 22 Marveaux
  • 24 Tiote
  • 11 Gouffran
  • 28 Sa Ameobi
Ref: Dean
Att: 37,554

Match Stats

Shots

10 17

On target

1 8

Corners

4 2

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:53

Clearance made by Davide Santon.

90:00 +3:40

Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

90:00 +3:25

Mathieu Debuchy challenges Antonio Luna unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +0:41

Ron Vlaar takes a shot. Mathieu Debuchy gets a block in.

90:00 +0:39

Davide Santon makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:34

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:15

Caution for Yoan Gouffran.

90:00 +0:15 Booking

Booking

90:00 +0:12

Yoan Gouffran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

90:00

Free kick taken by Tim Krul.

89:24

Christian Benteke is caught offside.

88:19

Clearance made by Mathieu Debuchy.

88:11

Mathieu Debuchy manages to make a clearance.

87:55 Substitution

Substitution Sammy Ameobi replaces Yohan Cabaye.

87:26 Substitution

Substitution Andreas Weimann leaves the field to be replaced by Aleksandar Tonev.

86:20

Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.

86:19

A cross is delivered by Yohan Cabaye.

83:23

Clearance by Mathieu Debuchy.

83:10

Yoan Gouffran has an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan catches the ball.

82:33

Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.

81:52

Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.

81:31

Andreas Weimann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon.

81:07

Clearance made by Mathieu Debuchy.

80:47

Clearance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

80:41

Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

80:29

Yohan Cabaye concedes a free kick for a foul on Ron Vlaar.

79:28

Shot by Fabian Delph missed to the right of the target.

78:57

Cheick Tiote takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a block.

77:40

Header at goal by Papiss Cisse to the left of the net.

77:39

Yoan Gouffran produces a cross.

77:14

Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

76:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mathieu Debuchy on Christian Benteke.

76:25

Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye.

75:37

Moussa Sissoko restarts play with the free kick.

75:33

Cheick Tiote fouled by Andreas Weimann, the ref awards a free kick.

75:12

Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.

74:52

Handball by Matthew Lowton.

74:42

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa manages to make a clearance.

74:14

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa manages to make a clearance.

73:55 Substitution

Substitution Cheick Tiote joins the action as a substitute, replacing Vurnon Anita.

72:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Yoan Gouffran - A Villa 1 - 2 Newcastle Yoan Gouffran grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle.

72:39

Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot. Bradley Guzan fumbles the ball.

71:29

Clearance made by Mathieu Debuchy.

71:03

Clearance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

70:59

Clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.

70:55

Ashley Westwood crosses the ball in from the free kick.

70:00

The referee cautions Mathieu Debuchy for unsporting behaviour.

70:00 Booking

Booking

69:55

Mathieu Debuchy challenges Antonio Luna unfairly and gives away a free kick.

69:03

Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.

68:26

Andreas Weimann takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

68:22

The ball is crossed by Matthew Lowton.

67:50

Fabian Delph takes the free kick.

67:46

Handball decision goes against Ashley Westwood.

67:45

Papiss Cisse is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

67:32

Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

66:35

Assist on the goal came from Ashley Westwood.

66:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Christian Benteke - A Villa 1 - 1 Newcastle Christian Benteke heads the ball into the goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle.

66:33

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.

66:19 Substitution

Substitution Karim El Ahmadi leaves the field to be replaced by Libor Kozak.

66:01

Clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.

66:00

Matthew Lowton crosses the ball.

65:15

Ron Vlaar restarts play with the free kick.

65:05

Foul by Papiss Cisse on Ron Vlaar, free kick awarded.

63:52

Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.

63:50

Centre by Moussa Sissoko.

63:41

Papiss Cisse has an effort at goal. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.

63:36

Centre by Hatem Ben Arfa.

62:25 Substitution

Substitution Yoan Gouffran joins the action as a substitute, replacing Loic Remy.

61:50

Mathieu Debuchy makes a clearance.

61:49

The ball is swung over by Antonio Luna.

61:09

The ball is swung over by Matthew Lowton.

60:34

Mathieu Debuchy takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

60:31

Corner from the left by-line taken by Yohan Cabaye.

59:52

Hatem Ben Arfa takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan parries the ball away.

57:53

Clearance by Ciaran Clark.

57:19

Vurnon Anita manages to make a clearance.

57:17

Matthew Lowton restarts play with the free kick.

56:50 Booking

Booking

56:50

Yohan Cabaye receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

56:37

Yohan Cabaye challenges Matthew Lowton unfairly and gives away a free kick.

54:51

Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor went wide right of the target.

54:48

The ball is delivered by Andreas Weimann.

54:32

Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

54:17

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa makes a clearance.

54:10

Fabian Delph restarts play with the free kick.

53:59

Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Loic Remy results in a free kick.

52:53

Loic Remy takes a shot. Bradley Guzan catches the ball.

51:41

Clearance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

50:21

Hatem Ben Arfa manages to make a clearance.

50:19

The ball is sent over by Andreas Weimann.

50:12

Clearance made by Davide Santon.

50:10

Centre by Antonio Luna.

49:38

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line.

49:19

Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.

49:18

The ball is delivered by Andreas Weimann.

48:05

Clearance by Mathieu Debuchy.

47:48

Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.

47:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Loic Remy by Karim El Ahmadi.

47:05

Clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.

47:03

The ball is crossed by Christian Benteke.

46:04

Yohan Cabaye makes a clearance.

46:02

The ball is swung over by Andreas Weimann.

45:55

Mathieu Debuchy manages to make a clearance.

45:50

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line.

45:28

Gabriel Agbonlahor has an effort at goal. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.

45:21

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa makes a clearance.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:31 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +2:49

Yohan Cabaye takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

45:00 +2:16

Clearance by Ron Vlaar.

45:00 +2:13

The ball is swung over by Yohan Cabaye.

45:00 +2:03

Clearance by Ron Vlaar.

45:00 +2:00

Yohan Cabaye delivers the ball.

45:00 +1:57

Free kick taken by Yohan Cabaye.

45:00 +1:34

Unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa by Antonio Luna results in a free kick.

45:00 +1:09

Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

45:00

Clearance made by Karim El Ahmadi.

44:59

The ball is crossed by Davide Santon.

44:36

Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.

43:58

Vurnon Anita takes the free kick.

43:45

Karim El Ahmadi challenges Moussa Sissoko unfairly and gives away a free kick.

42:30

Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

41:49

Andreas Weimann takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

40:40

Tim Krul makes a clearance.

40:40

Shot by Ciaran Clark went wide left of the target.

40:37

The ball is swung over by Matthew Lowton.

40:29

Loic Remy makes a clearance.

40:28

Clearance made by Hatem Ben Arfa.

40:27

Clearance made by Moussa Sissoko.

40:25

Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.

39:15

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa booked.

39:15 Booking

Booking

39:06

Unfair challenge on Christian Benteke by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa results in a free kick.

38:32

Clearance made by Ciaran Clark.

38:30

The ball is delivered by Yohan Cabaye.

37:26

Loic Remy takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

37:14

Christian Benteke takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa gets a block in.

37:11

The ball is sent over by Antonio Luna.

33:29

Yohan Cabaye takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

33:27

Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.

33:23

Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

33:19

Tim Krul takes the free kick.

32:47

Fabian Delph receives a caution.

32:47 Booking

Booking

32:40

Hatem Ben Arfa fouled by Fabian Delph, the ref awards a free kick.

30:39

Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

29:54

Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

29:36 Substitution

Substitution Ciaran Clark joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jores Okore.

27:44

Papiss Cisse is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

27:14

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

25:27

Loic Remy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jores Okore.

24:53

Clearance made by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

24:19

Jores Okore manages to make a clearance.

24:16

The ball is sent over by Hatem Ben Arfa.

23:59

Clearance made by Vurnon Anita.

23:40

Clearance made by Davide Santon.

23:36

Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.

22:01

Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.

21:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Benteke on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

19:56

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

19:22

The official flags Papiss Cisse offside.

17:30

Assist by Papiss Cisse.

17:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Hatem Ben Arfa - A Villa 0 - 1 Newcastle Hatem Ben Arfa scores with their left foot. Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle.

17:30

Shot by Papiss Cisse went wide right of the post.

17:29

Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.

17:19

Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.

16:25

Clearance by Mathieu Debuchy.

15:59

Jores Okore makes a clearance.

15:56

Free kick taken by Tim Krul.

15:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Fabricio Coloccini.

14:26

Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

13:27

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick.

11:38

Shot by Papiss Cisse. Bradley Guzan catches the ball.

11:36

Jores Okore makes a clearance.

11:32

Mathieu Debuchy takes the free kick.

11:24

Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa.

10:04

Papiss Cisse takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

10:03

The ball is delivered by Davide Santon.

9:45

Ron Vlaar restarts play with the free kick.

9:31

The assistant referee signals for offside against Papiss Cisse.

7:30

Jores Okore manages to make a clearance.

7:28

The ball is sent over by Yohan Cabaye.

4:47

Jores Okore delivers the ball.

4:40

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line.

3:58

Clearance by Matthew Lowton.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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