It was Boxing Day when Steve Bruce last saw his team win and after this latest performance, they look real contenders for a second drop in a row.

Failing to clear a corner, Yoan Gouffran eventually forced the opening goal just before half-time.

Then just before the hour mark we had the beautiful sight of a Shelvey corner touched towards goal by Jamaal Lascelles, despite it being a weak effort we then saw Henri Lansbury somehow miss the ball and after hitting the post, it struck the heel of the former Forest player and ended up in the back of the net.

Steve Bruce describing them as ‘two horrible goals’.

That is now only two points from the last 27 for Villa, seven defeats and two draws since Boxing Day.

Bruce says ‘We have to keep moving forward and trying to improve’….a bit of an understatement there!

Steve Bruce talking to Sky Sports:

“We were better (than recent games) but unfortunately, what we’ve just witnessed there is us.

“We’ve done okay and then we give a poor goal away – the goals we keep giving away are typical.

“So unless we learn to do the basics… they’re two horrible goals to lose a game against Newcastle and that’s our Achilles heel at the moment.

“At the other end the three, four chances we’ve created, we can’t take them. It’s been a struggle.

“We can do as much organising as we want, but we’ve got to be braver and better to deal with it.

“The second goal (Henri Lansbury own goal) is a calamity, ridiculous, but that’s where we are at the moment. We’re making silly mistakes, getting punished and not getting a break ourselves.

“We have to keep moving forward and trying to improve. We did a lot in the transfer window, and those lads are bedding in and getting used to playing for Aston Villa. But we’ve obviously got to get a few wins to breed a bit of confidence and eradicate the silly mistakes.”

“It’s been compounded with Scotty (Hogan) who looks as if he’s turned his angle over badly, which isn’t going to help. It doesn’t look serious we hope, but we won’t know until we have scans in the next 48 hours.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 0

Newcastle: Gouffran 42, Lansbury OG 59

Possession was Villa  45% Newcastle 55%

Total shots were Villa 8 Newcastle 14

Shots on target were Villa 1 Newcastle 6

Corners were Villa 4 Newcastle 6

Referee: Peter Bankes

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback, Shelvey, Gouffran (Atsu 89), Diame, Gayle (Mitrovic 33)

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Perez, Lazaar

Crowd: 50,024 (Villa 1,707)

(To read the Match Ratings go HERE)

(To read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match go HERE)