Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 0 – but the only statistic that counts for anything is that United are going down.

Rafa Benitez has done his best with this lot but at the end of the day, it gets dark, and this group of players are just so devoid of quality.

Sunderland and Norwich did their best to encourage Newcastle, the Canaries losing to Manchester United at lunchtime and then the Mackems going behind twice to Chelsea.

Despite this, Newcastle huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow down the straw men of Aston Villa – terrible.

Having lost their last 11 matches and conceded 30 goals in the process, even Villa fans were predicting a heavy defeat.

Rafa Benitez’ organisation and a reliance on Andros Townsend creating something with zero help, means Newcastle go into every game at a massive disadvantage.

Up front the lack of quality stands out the most: Cisse was once again shocking, Mitrovic hopeless when he came on and Perez no better.

The midfield was no better, I am sure they tried but Tiote, Colback and Sissoko just don’t have what it takes to stamp any authority.

Gini Wijnaldum may do – but it is hard to tell as seeing him involved in the match is a rare sight indeed.

You can possibly credit the back four but what they were up against was pure rubbish.

Aston Villa are the second worst ever (after Derby County in 2007/08 – when Sam Allardyce gifted them four of their 11 points when at Newcastle) Premier League team and Newcastle couldn’t beat them this season and scored one goal in over three hours of football.

Staying up now will be the equivalent of winning the lottery.

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 0


Possession was Newcastle 54% Villa 46%

Total shots were Newcastle 9 and Villa 2

Shots on target were Newcastle 3 and Villa 0

Corners were Newcastle 5 and Villa 0

Team: Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Townsend, Tiote (Perez 68), Colback (de Jong 90), Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Cisse (Mitrovic 52)

Unused Subs: Woodman, Janmaat, Taylor, Shelvey

Ref: Robert Madley

Crowd: 33,055

Instant Newcastle fan/writer reaction to the match go HERE