Newcastle United vs Aston Villa extended match highlights and post match interviews
Posted on September 2nd, 2012 | 37 Comments |
Full MOTD highlights and interviews from todays match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James’ Park.
* – As you can see, this video has now been taken offline. However, a video of the full MOTD from Sunday evening is available, along with a full match video here.
A fairly uninspiring first half performance from the Magpies was punished by a goal from Villa’s Ciaran Clark after he breezed past United’s centre backs to connect with a Barry Bannan cross in the 22nd minute. However once Pardew did what he should have done in the first place and switched to a 4-3-3 after the break, once again we were saved by a piece of brilliance from one of the usual suspects, Hatem Ben Arfa, after an hour. His excellent goal was some reminiscent of his first goal for Newcastle United against Everton.
The Magpies almost claimed an unlikely victory in an excellent stoppage time strike from Yohan Cabaye. Unfortnately for the Magpies though, Brad Guzan produced an excellent save for the Villans to help tham leave St James’ Park with a point.
In his interview after the game, Alan Pardew said:
“I can’t say that we deserved to win and I could argue that Villa deserved to win, but I will take the draw. I thought we were a bit funny today. For us, we lacked a bit of discipline in areas and our set-plays were awful.
“It was a really frustrating game from a coaching point of view. There was lots of excitement and a fantastic wonder goal for us, with chances at both ends. I think we had the bulk of the play and we were better in the second half, but they still had chances to have won it themselves.
“Fair play to Paul and his team. I don’t think we will come across many teams that work as hard as them as they really worked hard.”
Pardew also sang the praises of goalscorer, Hatem Ben Arfa, saying:
“Hatem is a wonderfully-gifted footballer. I didn’t actually realise it was his right foot until I just watched the replay because I didn’t expect him to hit it with that power. He has got exceptional power in amongst all his technique and as I say, he has been our best player from the start of the season. In training, he is our best player and on the pitch, he is our best player at the minute.”
“When we get three or four like that, we are a really, really good side. Unfortunately, we haven’t at the moment, we have got one or two just below that.”
Meanwhile, in the other corner, Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert had this to say:
“I thought we were well worthy of it, to be perfectly honest. We came here, a really difficult place to play with the crowd right on Newcastle’s side. The young lads were excellent throughout the game. It took a wonder-goal to pin us back and we also had really good chances to win the game. But I was delighted with the way they played, they were very, very good.”
Sorry about the rather brief highlights so far. As usual, I will update them with some longer, better ones whan they become available, and also endeavour to post a video of the whole match in the fullness of time.
Teams / Match facts
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson (Gael Bigirimana 38), Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben
Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Steve Harper (G), Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux.
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Eric Lichaj, Brett Holman, Karim El Ahamadi (Charles N’Zogbia 73), Stephen Ireland, Barry Bannan; Andreas Weimann (Gabriel Agbonlahor 64), Darren Bent.
Subs: Shay Given (G), Nathan Baker, Derrick Williams, Graham Burke, Charles N’Zogbia, Jordan Bowery, Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Score / Goalscorers: Newcastle United 1 (Hatem Ben Arfa 60), Aston Villa 1 (Ciaran Clark 22).
Yellow Cards: Karim El Ahamadi (27), Jonas Gutierrez (85), Eric Lichaj (90), Brad Guzan (90+1), Brett Holman (90+3).
Red cards: None.
Referee: Lee Probert.