Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa
Hatem Ben Arfa's spectacular strike earned Newcastle a draw as they came from behind to deny Paul Lambert a first league win as Aston Villa boss.
Villa had lost Lambert's first two games in charge and, though there may be a tinge of disappointment at missing out on three points, he will be relieved his side are off the mark.
The visitors began strongly and took the lead through Ciaran Clark's header.
But Newcastle drew level through Ben Arfa's brilliant 25-yard drive.
After such an impressive campaign last season, the challenge for Newcastle was always going to be whether they could sustain the type of form which saw them finish fifth and qualify for the Europa League.
Following their opening day win against Tottenham, they have now lost one and drawn one as manager Alan Pardew seeks a formula to cope with the challenges of combining the Premier League with European football.
Villa, meanwhile, might have been forgiven for beginning the game with a lack of confidence after two successive defeats at the start of the Premier League campaign.
But, putting aside their recent poor record on Tyneside - they had conceded 10 goals on their previous three visits - Villa probed patiently and deservedly went in front.
A spell of pressure culminated in Clark putting them ahead midway through the first half, the 22-year-old finding himself in an unusually advanced position to head home from Barry Bannan's precise left-wing cross.
The lead was merited, particularly since Darren Bent had gone close to opening the scoring moments earlier, only for his low drive to be thwarted by the legs of Tim Krul.
The goal was a reward for their approach under their new manager, and the Scot was at pains to tell his side to keep hold of the ball throughout, gesticulating angrily at every stray pass.
But Newcastle are a force on their own turf, where they had won five of their previous six games, and possess the firepower to trouble any defence.
Their response was a positive one, with Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba always threatening through their lively movement.
The home supporters felt they should have had a penalty when Ba tumbled under a challenge from Eric Lichaj, but the defender would have felt hard done by had referee Lee Probert pointed to the spot.
Cisse and Ba had their chances - the former's shot was tipped around the post by Brad Guzan and he headed wide on the stroke of half-time - but it was another of last season's key players who finally made the breakthrough.
Ben Arfa collected the ball on the edge of the area just before the hour mark with seemingly little danger, but he cut on to his weaker right foot and drilled a stunning drive beyond the reach of Guzan.
Former Magpies midfielder Stephen Ireland might have snatched victory for Villa with 10 minutes remaining, but he smashed wildly off target when free inside the penalty area.
Then, five minutes into stoppage-time, Yohan Cabaye's 25-yard free-kick looked to be heading in but Guzan, picked ahead of Shay Given, saved acrobatically.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "I thought we were excellent throughout, offensively and defensively. Some of the football we played was very good. We've got a young side and every one of them was very good. We'd rather try to play football than not and we've got really good players in our team. If we keep working as hard as that we'll do well. We're getting stronger."
- 01 Krul
- 02 Coloccini
- 03 Santon
- 05 Simpson (Bigirimana - 38' )
- 27 S Taylor
- 04 Cabaye
- 08 Anita
- 10 Ben Arfa
- 18 Gutierrez Booked (Marveaux - 86' )
- 09 Cisse
- 19 Ba (Obertan - 87' )
- 37 Harper
- 06 Williamson
- 15 Gosling
- 17 Amalfitano
- 20 Bigirimana
- 22 Marveaux
- 25 Obertan
- 22 Guzan Booked
- 04 Vlaar
- 06 Clark
- 30 Lichaj Booked
- 34 Lowton
- 07 Ireland
- 08 El Ahmadi Booked (N'Zogbia - 72' )
- 25 Bannan
- 09 Bent
- 14 Holman Booked
- 26 Weimann (Agbonlahor - 64' )
- 01 Given
- 32 Baker
- 37 Williams
- 10 N'Zogbia
- 11 Agbonlahor
- 21 Bowery
- 36 Burke
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.90:00 +4:54
Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa, Header by Steven Taylor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.90:00 +3:17
Yohan Cabaye has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Bradley Guzan.90:00 +3:17 Booking
Booking Brett Holman goes into the referee's book.90:00 +3:11
Brett Holman challenges Sylvain Marveaux unfairly and gives away a free kick.90:00 +2:39
The ball is crossed by Hatem Ben Arfa, clearance by Ciaran Clark.90:00 +2:22
The ball is sent over by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance made by Hatem Ben Arfa.90:00 +1:18
Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.90:00 +1:18 Booking
Booking Bradley Guzan is given a yellow card.90:00 +0:49
Gabriel Obertan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eric Lichaj.89:42
Tim Krul takes the free kick.89:42 Booking
Booking Eric Lichaj is cautioned.89:29
Gabriel Obertan fouled by Eric Lichaj, the ref awards a free kick.88:05
Yohan Cabaye has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.87:47
Vurnon Anita crosses the ball, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.87:17
Gabriel Obertan sends in a cross, Bradley Guzan makes a comfortable save.86:44
Corner taken left-footed by Sylvain Marveaux from the left by-line, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.86:36
Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot. Ciaran Clark gets a block in.86:04 Substitution
Substitution Gabriel Obertan on for Demba Ba.84:51
The ball is crossed by Barry Bannan, Header from close in by Ciaran Clark misses to the right of the target.
Substitution Jonas Gutierrez leaves the field to be replaced by Sylvain Marveaux.84:51 Booking
Booking Booking for Jonas Gutierrez for unsporting behaviour.84:46
Jonas Gutierrez concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia.83:22
Darren Bent takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Bigirimana.82:30
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gael Bigirimana by Stephen Ireland. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.82:04
Brett Holman fouled by Demba Ba, the ref awards a free kick. Ron Vlaar takes the free kick.81:12
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Charles N'Zogbia, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gael Bigirimana.80:55
Davide Santon produces a cross, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.80:39
The ball is crossed by Yohan Cabaye, Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.80:24
Handball decision goes against Brett Holman. Tim Krul takes the free kick.79:36
The ball is swung over by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Stephen Ireland has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.77:23
The ball is sent over by Papiss Cisse.76:54
Davide Santon sends in a cross, clearance made by Ron Vlaar.76:26
Hatem Ben Arfa produces a cross, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.75:19
Outswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan from the left by-line, Steven Taylor makes a clearance.75:05
Barry Bannan sends in a cross, clearance by Vurnon Anita.74:53
A cross is delivered by Matthew Lowton, clearance by Vurnon Anita.73:38
Centre by Gael Bigirimana, Demba Ba produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.73:07
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Darren Bent.72:27
Eric Lichaj gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa. Free kick taken by Vurnon Anita.72:00 Substitution
Substitution Karim El Ahmadi leaves the field to be replaced by Charles N'Zogbia.70:19
Yohan Cabaye takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Darren Bent.68:29
Corner from right by-line taken by Yohan Cabaye.67:31
Demba Ba takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.67:01
Brett Holman concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick crossed right-footed by Yohan Cabaye.65:19
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ciaran Clark on Demba Ba. Strike on goal comes in from Hatem Ben Arfa from the free kick.63:31 Substitution
Substitution Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces Andreas Weimann.62:39
The ball is swung over by Vurnon Anita.60:30
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.60:05
Eric Lichaj fouled by Hatem Ben Arfa, the ref awards a free kick. Karim El Ahmadi takes the direct free kick.58:54 Goal scored
Goal! - Hatem Ben Arfa - Newcastle 1 - 1 A Villa Hatem Ben Arfa finds the net with a goal from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa.58:28
Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.57:03
The referee blows for offside against Hatem Ben Arfa. Direct free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.55:39
Hatem Ben Arfa concedes a free kick for a foul on Karim El Ahmadi. Karim El Ahmadi restarts play with the free kick.54:45
Corner taken by Barry Bannan, Header from deep inside the area by Darren Bent goes over the bar.54:35
Andreas Weimann produces a cross, clearance by Vurnon Anita.51:49
The ball is sent over by Vurnon Anita, Header at goal by Hatem Ben Arfa, save by Bradley Guzan.50:27
A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, comfortable save by Bradley Guzan.50:08
Darren Bent takes a shot. Blocked by Karim El Ahmadi.50:01
Barry Bannan sends in a cross, Davide Santon manages to make a clearance.49:33
Foul by Brett Holman on Davide Santon, free kick awarded. Davide Santon restarts play with the free kick.49:19
Andreas Weimann concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabricio Coloccini. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.48:44
Long distance shot from Hatem Ben Arfa misses to the left of the target.48:27
Matthew Lowton crosses the ball.47:49
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan, Demba Ba makes a clearance.45:41
Corner from the right by-line taken by Barry Bannan, save by Tim Krul.45:30
Brett Holman produces a cross, clearance by Steven Taylor.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:00 +2:27 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.45:00 +1:53
Corner from the right by-line taken by Hatem Ben Arfa, Steven Taylor produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.45:00 +1:17
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Brett Holman, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.45:00 +0:30
Vurnon Anita delivers the ball, Papiss Cisse has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.45:00 +0:20
The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez.44:16
Centre by Vurnon Anita.43:36
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Karim El Ahmadi. Free kick taken by Hatem Ben Arfa.43:07
Effort on goal by Andreas Weimann from just inside the area clears the crossbar.42:38
The referee blows for offside against Papiss Cisse. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.41:55
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vurnon Anita by Brett Holman. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.41:10
Demba Ba takes a shot. Comfortable save by Bradley Guzan.40:36
Unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Andreas Weimann results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.39:52
Free kick awarded for a foul by Davide Santon on Matthew Lowton. Bradley Guzan takes the direct free kick.38:47
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Demba Ba goes wide of the right-hand upright.38:36
Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball.37:02 Substitution
Substitution Gael Bigirimana replaces Danny Simpson.30:46
Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, save by Bradley Guzan.29:23
Vurnon Anita has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.29:05
Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye.28:50
Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.28:16
Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa from the right by-line.26:09
The free kick is delivered left-footed by Hatem Ben Arfa from right wing, Bradley Guzan makes a save.26:09 Booking
Booking Booking for Karim El Ahmadi.25:52
Danny Simpson fouled by Karim El Ahmadi, the ref awards a free kick.24:50
Davide Santon fouled by Darren Bent, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Davide Santon.23:52
Foul by Andreas Weimann on Davide Santon, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from left channel.23:13
Hatem Ben Arfa takes the inswinging corner, Darren Bent makes a clearance.22:44
Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball, Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.21:26
Assist on the goal came from Barry Bannan.21:26 Goal scored
Goal! - Ciaran Clark - Newcastle 0 - 1 A Villa Ciaran Clark grabs a headed goal from close range. Newcastle 0-1 Aston Villa.21:22
The ball is delivered by Barry Bannan,20:39
Corner taken by Barry Bannan.20:15
The ball is delivered by Hatem Ben Arfa, Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.19:43
Shot from 12 yards from Darren Bent. Save by Tim Krul.18:42
Barry Bannan takes the outswinging corner, Ron Vlaar takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.18:06
Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul. Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.16:00
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Eric Lichaj. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Hatem Ben Arfa.13:54
A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.12:20
The official flags Papiss Cisse offside. Free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.9:51
Yohan Cabaye delivers the ball, save by Bradley Guzan.9:04
Hatem Ben Arfa fouled by Karim El Ahmadi, the ref awards a free kick. Yohan Cabaye takes the direct free kick.7:55
The ball is crossed by Andreas Weimann, Davide Santon manages to make a clearance.7:39
The ball is crossed by Hatem Ben Arfa, Bradley Guzan makes a save.6:27
Foul by Brett Holman on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.2:00
Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa, save by Bradley Guzan.1:22
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa by Eric Lichaj. Free kick crossed right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from right wing.0:57
Centre by Davide Santon, clearance made by Ron Vlaar.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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