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Chris Sutton on Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0 – ‘Steve Bruce could have thrown cabbages at his own players’

3 weeks ago
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Interesting coverage/commentary from Chris Sutton on Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0.

He’s a former Villa player but thought he was pretty fair.

I’m not normally his biggest fan but he hit plenty of nails on the head.

Working for BBC Radio 5 Live, Chris Sutton said ‘Steve Bruce could have thrown cabbages at his own players after that first half.’

Newcastle two down at the break and it could have been even worse, Bruce’s team playing so deep and negatively they hardly got out of their own half in the first 45.

The start of the second-half saw NUFC flatter to deceive, a few attacks and a good effort from Saint-Maximin well saved, but that all quickly fizzled out.

Villa taking control again and once again outplaying Newcastle for most of the second period as well.

Newcastle might have pulled one back but if you said they deserved a goal then Aston Villa would have deserved four or more overall.

Chris Sutton on on BBC Radio 5 Live:

2 minutes

‘This is a game Aston Villa fans will want to see a response from their team after that 2-1 defeat to Wolves but Newcastle won’t be an easy target.’

4 minutes (Almiron shot miles off target)

‘Newcastle break so quickly but that was a ‘mind the windows’ job from Miguel Almiron.’

16 minutes

‘Newcastle are just sitting in, five across the back, and looking to use that pace of Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin to maximum effect when they’re breaking out.’

21 minutes

‘The worry for Aston Villa at the moment is they have had two corners and Newcastle have been at their most dangerous on the break.

Aston Villa fans wanted a penalty but it wasn’t one for me. Dean Smith will be happy with Villa’s start but nothing clear cut as of yet.’

27 minutes

‘The issue for Newcastle is Joelinton is so isolated. One long ball up to him and there’s not one other Newcastle player within touching distance.’

29 Minutes (Dubravka tips Luis’ 25 yarder over)

‘Terrific save from Martin Dubravka but Dean Smith will feel the Newcastle keeper hasn’t been tested enough.’

32 minutes (1-0)

‘This is superbly worked from Aston Villa and a great goal by Conor Hourihane. Villa certainly deserve the lead as they’ve been the team pushing and on the front.’

36 minutes (2-0)

‘What a ball, bang on the money from Conor Hourihane and good finish from Anwar El Ghazi. You have to say though the Newcastle defending has been shambolic.’

40 minutes

‘Now the pressure is off in some respects for Aston Villa they can draw Newcastle on to them. They just need to keep composure now and move the ball around well.’

45 minutes

‘Miguel Almiron has been hopeless this first half. Steve Bruce will be reading the riot act at half-time as Villa have been much the better team.’

Half-time

‘Newcastle have been desperately poor and offered very little going forward.

Aston Villa thoroughly deserve to be two goals up – if not more. Really clever free-kick for the first one and Newcastle’s defence switched off for the second.

It’s a long way back for Newcastle but credit to Villa for coming out of of the traps.

Steve Bruce could have thrown cabbages at his own players after that first half.’

47 minutes (Heaton saves ASM’s 25 yard curler)

‘Decent response from Newcastle but it’s a really good save from Tom Heaton to get it around the post.’

67 minutes

‘It’s been difficult for Joelinton tonight. He’s been very isolated and had two very unpredictable wingers either side of him.’

79 minutes

‘Magnificent save again from Martin Dubravka. Wesley has to score but he gives Dubravka the chance to save it with his legs. That was wasteful from Wesley.’

90 minutes

‘This will be such a big three points for Dean Smith and Aston Villa. The manager will be really pleased with the composure of his side tonight. Jack Grealish has been a key figure and the best player on the pitch.’

Stats from BBC Sport:

Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0  – Monday 25 November 8pm

Goals:
Aston Villa:

Hourihane 32, El Ghazi 36

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Villa 62% (68%), Newcastle 38% (32%)

Total shots were Villa 17 (5), Newcastle 11 (5)

Shots on target were Villa 8 (3), Newcastle 5 (2)

Corners were Villa 11 (4), Newcastle 6 (5)

Crowd: 41,821 (3,000 Newcastle)

Referee: Lee Mason

Newcastle team v Aston Villa:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Dummett (Carroll 63), Clark, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Almiron (Atsu 79), Joelinton (Gayle 72)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Schar

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