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Summary

  1. Newcastle starting XI: Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum, De Jong, Cisse
  2. Aston Villa starting XI: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Lescott, Bacuna, Sanchez, Gueye, Westwood, Sinclair, Ayew, Veretout

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That is all from me.

    Remember 22:20 on BBC One for Match of the Day.

    I reckon Leicester City fans will be watching.

    Enjoy.

  2. Post update

    Match of the Day

    Don't miss Match of the Day this evening.

    It starts at 22:20 GMT on BBC One.

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  4. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa manager Remi Garde on BBC Sport:

    "We didn't play well at all in the first 45 minutes. We were out of the game in terms of impact and intensity. If you are in the position we are in it's diffiuclt for the player to get in the game straight away. 

    "There's a lack of confidence. It's better to react late then not to react. The fact we got back in the game could be very important.

    "Newcastle have won the last two games, but in the second half we showed we are not far away from this type of team. Jordan Ayew's goal was good, but the work he did for the team was very good as well."

  5. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren on BBC Sport:

    "I've just seen the Siem De Jong header that he missed. It's one of them things. Two minutes later they equalised. The conditions were horrendous. Get the ball wide and get the ball in the box - it was a game for width. 

    "Anybody can beat anybody in the league. I said before the match this was a dangerous game. Regarding us, a settled side has helped the momentum. We might not win every game but we've made huge steps forward."

  6. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Steve McClaren instructs

    Newcastle manager Steve McClaren on Sky Sports: "I'd say that was a battling point and two points lost. I just saw three clear cut chances. I'm proud of the players - they kept going forward and forward. 

    "There were two good chances for Gini Wijnaldum and Ayoze Perez. Another day and you take those chances. They were difficult, difficult conditions."

  7. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    While you are waiting, Why not listen to this. Brilliant.

  8. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Steve McClaren is talking about his "big frustration".

    Full quotes to follow.

  9. 'Newcastle didn't do enough, again'

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

    "Newcastle have to look to beat the sides around them in the league. They just didn't do enough, again. Newcastle certainly didn't ask enough questions of Aston Villa."

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  11. Player reaction

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Fabricio Coloccini celebrates

    Newcastle goalscorer Fabricio Coloccini on Sky Sports: "We played better in the first half. In the second half they had more situations. After the last two games, when we won, it was an important point because we have seven points in nine now."

    Aston Villa scorer Jordan Ayew on Sky Sports: "In the first half we changed our formation so it was complicated, but it got better when Rudy Gestede came on. One point is better than nothing. If we play like we did in the second half then we will win games. I think I scored one of my best goals."

    Jordan Ayew
  12. 'It is a relegation battle for Newcastle'

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Robbie Savage

    Former Leicester midfielder on 6-0-6

    "It is a relegation battle for Newcastle, this season. Villa are awful, but a point for them on that pitch is a good result. But I can't see Villa staying up, Sunderland neither..."

  13. 'Newcastle are just so Jekyll and Hyde'

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

    Newcastle United and Aston Villa fans at full-time

    "Aston Villa deserved a point for their second half performance. They got a good equaliser, but Newcastle are just so Jekyll and Hyde. It's scary. 

    "Fans can't come and watch Newcastle with any confidence, because you simply don't know what you'll get from week to week."

  14. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    A battling second half from Aston Villa...

    But the table doesn't look great for them does it?

    Newcastle edge a point further away from the drop zone.

    Table
  15. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Newcastle boss Steve McClaren looks a pretty relieved man.

    He is waving to the crowd as though he has just won Wimbledon...

    You drew with Villa Stevie...

  16. FULL-TIME

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Alan Hutton applauds
  17. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Carlos Sanchez goes for glory.

    He hits row z. 

  18. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Another chance for Villa to fill the box. Free kick and Rudy Gestede is waiting...

    It is cleared.

  19. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    That was the chance.

    Ayoze Perez inside the penalty area but he is leaniong back and he spoons the ball over the bar.

    Relief for Aston Villa. Three minutes of injury time.

  20. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    The ball is in Brad Guzan's hands. Who is going to create that one final chance?

  21. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Now Newcastle break...

  22. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Almost.

    Rudy Gestede's header is tipped over by Rob Elliot. Have another go...

  23. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Corner to Aston Villa. Can they?

  24. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Robert Elliot kicks the ball forward

    Players are slipping, the ball is being belted long. You can smell the desperation from both sides.

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  26. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Ayoze Perez swings the corner in from the left but Aleksander Mitrovic flicks a header wide.

  27. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Steve McClaren and Remi Garde gesture

    Into the last 10 minutes. Is there a winner?

    Corner to Newcastle...

  28. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Brad Guzan punches clear in a crowded penalty area.

    This is like a basketball match now. End-to-end.

  29. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Signs of a late Newcastle surge?

    The home fans are doing their best to roar them forward. How big a winner would be for either side.

  30. YELLOW CARD

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Leandro Bacuna takes one for the team as he pulls down a marauding Ayoze Perez.

    Yellow card.

  31. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Steve McClaren reacts

    Golden opportunity for Newcastle against the run of play.

    Aleksander Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez link up before the latter finds Georginio Wijnaldum inside the penalty area.

    Just yards out he scuffs his shot and the chance is gone.

  32. SUBSTITUTION

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Newcastle looking to freshen it up as Florian Thauvin replaces Vurnon Anita in midfield.

    Villa still driving forward...

  33. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Jordan Ayew is too good for Newcastle at the moment.

    He again ghosts past Fabricio Coloccini as he makes the bye-line but his pull back is just about cut out.

    Villa looking the more likely winner.

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  36. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Villa are a side revitalised.

    Jordan Ayew whips in a low cross from the right and Rudy Gestede is inches away from connecting at the far post.

    It is all Aston Villa.

  37. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

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    That was Jordan Ayew's (19) fourth goal in eight Premier League games after none in his first five appearances.  

  38. 'It's a really good strike'

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

    "Ayew still had a lot to do and it's a really good strike. But he was all on his own at the back post - no-one had gone with him, no-one had marked him."

    Jordan Ayew scores for Aston Villa
  39. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Jordan Ayew celebrates

    Brilliant.

    The first real moment of quality and do Villa have new hope?

    Jordan Ayew collects the ball on the left edge of the penalty area, he swivels and curls the ball into the far corner.

    Unstoppable and probably no more than Villa deserve this half.

  40. GOAL - Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

    Jordan Ayew

    Newcastle Untied fan
    Image caption: Hard luck, Newcastle fans...
  41. SUBSTITUTION

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    Villa are going direct. Forward Scott Sinclair is replaced by the physical Rudy Gestede.

    The striker has a header tipped over by Rob Elliot immediately.

    In the mixer Villa...

  42. 'If Perez hits the target he scores'

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Vila

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

    "He's got to score, simple! If De Jong hits the target he scores, and puts the game beyond Villa because they don't have two goals in them."

    Siem de Jong
  43. WHAT A MISS!

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    That is a howler, an absolute shocker of a miss.

    Georginio Wijnaldum puts the ball on a plate, together with a knife and fork, for Siem de Jong with a delicious cross from the left.

    But, just yards from goal and unmarked, De Jong somehow heads wide.

    He makes way for Ayoze Perez.

  44. Post update

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    How's this for a stat?

    Aston Villa last came from behind at half time to win a Premier League game in September 2013 against Manchester City.

  45. 'Conditions really aren't helping...'

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

    "Aston Villa have started this second half by playing with a little invention. Newcastle really do need that second goal. And conditions really aren't helping the flow of the game, of course..."

  46. Post update

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    A half chance for the visitors.

    A free-kick pumped into the penalty area, the ball is headed out to the edge, and Jordan Ayew volleys wildly over the bar.

    Better from Villa.

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    Come on Tom, that's a little harsh! What about... oh... well, don't forget...

  48. Post update

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    This is getting a little bit farcical. As the rain continues to pelt down, the players are slipping and sliding all over the shop.

    It's not as though the match wasn't short enough of any real quality...

    Villa are looking better this half though.

    Idrissa ueye
  49. Post update

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    The best moment of the match for Aston Villa.

    The ball drops to Jordan Veretout on the edge of the penalty area and his low strike is parried away by Rob Elliot.

  50. KICK-OFF

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    The Blaydon Races blares out from the tannoy.

    I get the feeling the races might have been off in this...

    Under way

    Aston Villa
  51. Post update

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    Here come the teams...

  52. Post update

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    The groundsmen are prodding the grass with their forks, the rain is belting down and the fans look so so wet.

    Reports from the referee's room suggest the match isn't in danger but... it looks pretty bad.

    Fabricio Coloccini
  53. Post update

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    Villa v Toon stat
  54. 'The hosts have been the better side'

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

    "Newcastle haven't created a great deal or worked the Villa keeper much, but the hosts have been the better side and deserve the lead. 

    "Newcastle's groundsmen need to get on there now and get to work, because there are patches of standing water."

  55. Post update

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    Touchmap

    Hmmm.

    Not a lot of action in either side's penalty area, as the heat maps (Aston Villa right) show.

  56. HALF-TIME

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    An awful half of football.

    But Newcastle won't care, they lead.

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    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    There is a black dog that keeps running down the touchline...

    It fooled me for a while, but it's an advertising board.

    The pitch is still absolutely sodden.

    One minute of injury time added on.

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  60. Post update

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    That was Fabricio Coloccini's first goal at St. James' Park since January 2011.  

    Prolific...

  61. 'It wasn't the greatest strike in the world!'

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

    "It's an awful corner kick, and it wasn't the greatest strike in the world either! It was poor defending as well to let the ball roll all that way, but Fabricio Coloccini and Newcastle will take it!"

    Fabricio Coloccini
  62. Post update

    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    If this rain gets any worse, they might have to start playing water polo.

    To be fair, Aston Villa might be better at that.

    The pitch is looking very, very wet. Puddles are forming and the ball is struggling to roll.

    This match could be in danger...

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    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    You know when you see a lost child wandering aimlessly around a shop?

    That resembles some of Aston Villa's defending. 

    A corner is swung in, Villa can't clear and Fabricio Coloccini fires a deflected low shot into the net.

    Seconds earlier Aleksander Mitrovic had a header tipped over by Brad Guzan.

    Fabricio Coloccini
  65. GOAL - Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    Fabricio Coloccini

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  67. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    What an impact Aleksander Mitrovic could make.

    He doesn't, because he completely misses the ball...

    Siem de Jong races down the right, crosses low and the strikes fluffs his lines.

    Villa look pretty hopeless so far...

  68. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    That is the end of Papiss Cisse's evening.

    The striker limps off and is replaced by Aleksander Mitrovic.

    The fans greet his arrival with big, big cheers.

  69. 'Villa will grow in confidence'

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

    Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle United and Leandro Bacuna of Aston Villa compete for the ball

    "Newcastle are so lacklustre. Both sides are passing the ball around so aimlessly, it's like they both want a ball each. 

    "The longer this goes on, Villa will grow in confidence because they haven't been asked any questions by the Magpies."

  70. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Papiss Cisse almost has a shooting opportunity inside the penalty area but, from Moussa Sissoko's low cross, he gets his feet tangled and the chance is gone.

    Even better chance for the striker seconds later but he can only send a header at goalkeeper Brad Guzan from Daryl Janmaat's inviting cross.

  71. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Fair to say Aston Villa are not much of an attacking threat as yet... as shown by their average position graphic below.

    They are keeping things tight though.

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  72. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Papiss Cisse runs with possession

    A good spell of possession for Newcastle, although they end up going absolutely nowhere with it.

    The Magpies do look the more dangerous of the two sides - that isn't saying a great deal though.

    The first shot comes in 23 minutes.

  73. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    My colleague has just described this match as resembling a game of chess...

    He is being very, very generous...

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  75. 'Villa haven't yet shown anything at all'

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

    Remi Garde instructs

    "Villa haven't yet shown anything at all. There are a number of visiting players, particularly certain midfielders, that look really poor."

  76. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is looking a tad bored.

    He isn't the only one. This is horrendous.

    Remember the film Waterworld? Less is happening in this - and it is as wet.

  77. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Free-kick to Newcastle just outside the penalty area. A chance to fill the box...

    A dangerous cross as well but, despite Fabricio Coloccini launching himself at the ball, Villa clear.

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  79. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa boss Remi Garde is braving the rain, as he stands on the sidelines encouraging his players with a clap of his hands.

    He hasn't given up yet...

  80. Post update

    Newcastle Utd 0-0 Aston Villa

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  81. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Absolutely nothing of note has happened yet.

    It's still raining.... and that is about it.

  82. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Joleon Lescott instructs

    A bit more bad news for Aston Villa.

    Just three of the previous 23 teams to be bottom of the competition on Xmas Day have stayed up.  

    However...the team that were bottom of the Premier League on Christmas Day in each of the last two seasons have managed to avoid relegation that campaign (Leicester 2014-15 and Sunderland in 2013/2014). 

  83. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Daryl Janmaat shields the ball

    A good start from the hosts.

    Lose this and Aston Villa go into Christmas 11 points adrift of safety.

    Perhaps a map of Championship football grounds would be a good stocking filler for Villa fans?

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  85. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    That wasn't very clever.

    Leandro Bacuna throws the ball sharply back to his goalkeeper Brad Guzan. His touch is heavy and, being closed down, he has to hack the ball into touch.

  86. Could Villa end up in League One?

    Jermaine Jenas

    Ex-Newcastle and Villa midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I’ve seen it happen with my own hometown club, Nottingham Forest – they went down from the top flight and then again. it’s doable. Villa are holding on rather than pushing the boat out. 

    "Bolton and Charlton are near the bottom of the Championship – it’s ruthless. They were both Premier League teams in recent years.

    "Villa are a big club. A lot of top players would go there. Some players are wilting away, like Andros Townsend. At some point if you have aspirations for going to Euro 2016, you have to play, it doesn’t matter who for, so Roy Hodgson can remember him. 

    "They need to stay in the league – you need to get players who are driven, who have a cause, something to play for. It can’t be a financial thing at all."

    Andros Townsend
    Image caption: Should Andros Townsend join Villa to boost his Euro 2016 hopes?
  87. KICK-OFF

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Under way here.

  88. A turn of fortune?

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

    Fabricio Coloccini shakes hands

    Newcastle have shown signs of improvement...

    They have won three out of their last five games - prior to this run they had won just one in 11.

    And all four of the Magpies' league wins this season have come in games live on television, as this match will be.

  89. 'The Magpies should win'

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

    "I don't think Newcastle have to play as well as they did against Tottenham in order to beat this Villa side. Show anything like the same effort and commitment and the Magpies should win."  

  90. Post update

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Here come the teams.

    Christmas jumpers and santa hats are aplenty among the fans.

    Who will be enjoying some festive cheer later this evening?

  91. Post update

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "Aston Villa will have looked at Newcastle in the last fortnight and seen the difference a victory can make.

    "The trouble for Villa is they haven't managed one since the opening day of the season. Remi Garde inherited a squad bereft of any confidence and he hasn't been able to inject any with his run of two points from 15.

    "They need some points on the board to provide a chink of light at the end of their dark tunnel. Newcastle's question is can they take another step forward instead of two back?

    "They've beaten Liverpool and Tottenham against the odds, can they follow it against Villa when they are expected to?"

    Newcastle
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  93. Things can only get better

    Newcastle v Aston Villa 917:30 GMT)

     - Fifteen Premier League games without a win, their longest run without a victory in their league history.

    -  No Premier League team with as few points after 16 games as Aston Villa (six) has stayed up.

    - They have kept just two clean sheets in their 16 league games this season.

    Happy Christmas Aston Villa fans...

  94. Post update

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

    It is absolutely pelting it down at Newcastle.

    Rain does not do the conditions justice...

  95. Team news

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

    Newcastle manager Steve McClaren names an unchanged side from the team that won 2-1 at Tottenham last weekend.

    Newcastle XI: Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum, De Jong, Cisse.

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    Aston Villa manager Remi Garde makes one change from the side that lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal last weekend. Striker Rudy Gestede drops to the bench, and midfielder Ashley Westwood comes in.

    Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Lescott, Bacuna, Sanchez, Gueye, Westwood, Sinclair, Ayew, Veretout.

  96. Post update

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

    Premier League

    Hello.

    While Leicester continue to stun everyone by leading the way in the Premier League, the fight to stay in the top flight is hotting up.

    Aston Villa - stranded at the bottom - travel to fourth from bottom Newcastle, with both knowing the importance of a win.

    This could be tense.

  97. Post update

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

    Things haven't been great this season have they Newcastle fans?

    Still, it could be worse... just look at Aston Villa.

    This match is Big - with a emphasis on the capital B.