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What Did Newcastle’s Domination Of Villa Look Like From The Other Side?

8 years ago

I was well impressed with our result and performance at Villa and guess you were too.

However, always interesting to hear how the other side saw things, this time through Villa tinted sunglasses.

We asked Villa fan Matt Passant for his thoughts;

I couldn’t believe how Villa stood off and let Newcastle play until later on in the game, is that the normal style or did Newcastle force them and/or your team had an off day?

Over the last few games we have become a rather fast counter attacking team, however we never seemed to get a foot on the game. A bad day at the office combined with a very good day at the office for you. When Ben Arfa turns up then he’s a real world beater.

Was it simply down to Ben Arfa being the difference between the sides?

I’m not one to say that one man makes a team, but of course it is important to have someone pulling the strings and he did that from start to finish.

What did you make of the rest of the Newcastle team?

Remy looks like a good piece of business but what interests me is Cabaye has done a Benteke. Tried to force a move, he failed and so has to get the fans back inside. The fans embraced him but the only way you are ever really gonna win them back is with performances and he has all the qualities to help with the cause this season. I watched your first game v Manchester City and it was one of the worse displays I’ve seen in a while by any team, hopefully that was just a one off. The club has been made a joke in recent years and it really isn’t fair on the fans with a reputation as one of the best in the country.

If Ben Arfa was the difference on Saturday, I have to say that you look totally reliant on Benteke, would you agree?

If you’re going off that game alone then yes, however in our two opening games we were fantastic. Fabien Delph has been a revelation in the past few months and Agbonlahor has looked sharp. Plus Karim El Ahmadi has improved. I don’t think Saturday was an indication of things to come. Maybe because we played so well against the top teams earlier on that we thought this game was a gimme being at home, but it was a reality check that perhaps we needed.

Newcastle have now won 14 more points (71) against Villa than any other club they have played in Premier League history – discuss?

Until I read your tweet after the game I had no idea about that statistic. I suppose you’d have traded all those 71 points for 3 points against us on the final day that we sent you down (joke).

Was yesterday a big reality check because I’m guessing after decent shifts against 3 of the ‘top’ teams your fans would have expected three points against us?

I put 4-1 to Villa on my super 6 predictions, I was convinced of a comfortable home victory. However, this is the Premier League and all the teams in the competition are capable of beating everyone at the moment (with perhaps the exception of both our neighbours Sunderland & WBA).

Looking ahead to the rest of the season, where would you put your money on Newcastle and Villa finishing this year?

I think we have the better manager and a lot less unrest at the club than you do. Getting through last season was vital for us to continue building. Saying that, we lost Jores Okore Saturday for 9 months with an ACL injury so it’s vital our other 3 defenders, who were definitely our weak link last year, really step up. If Ben Arfa can become consistent, Remy does what he can and Cabaye can rediscover his form then there is a nucleus there to do well, but like I said in the close season; you have a very poor manager and what is the point of Joe Kinnear? I do wish you luck for the campaign however and look forward to the St James’ Park reverse fixture.

You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattpassant

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