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Aston Villa v Newcastle match report, highlights and post match interviews.

April 11th, 2011 | 4 Comments |

James Collins seals the win for Villa.
James Collins seals the win for Villa.
As the teamsheets were read out and the players prepared for action, there was news that Shola Ameobi would not be playing, not even on the bench. Subsequently it turned out that he had picked up a knee injury on the morning of the game. It also became apparent that Alan Pardew would be using Fabricio Coloccini in a defensive midfield role today due to the ravages of injuries and suspensions in midfield. So it was that Ranger got his first Premier League start, alongside Peter Lovenkrands at the front.

To the game itself. Newcastle kicked off, there were a one or two chances including an excellent cross from Jose Enrique found an galloping, unmarked Joey ‘best English midfielder’ Barton in the area. However it was a fairly low headed chance which he ballooned over the goal. Another real chance came around the nine minute mark when Newcastle broke with Ranger. However, instead of doing the decent thing and squaring the ball to an unmarked Lovenkrands for what could have been a much better opportunity, he took a heavy first touch, ending up launching a fairly tame effort at Brad Friedel in the Villa goal. (more…)