Fabian Schar scored twice in the opening four minutes of the half to put the Magpies ahead, and Alex Moreno‘s own goal in the second half sealed the victory.
Newcastle Claims First Win at Villa Park in 11 Years
Newcastle‘s thrilling 3-1 victory on Tuesday condemned Aston Villa to their first Premier League home defeat in over a year.
Fabian Schar scored twice in the opening four minutes of the half to put the Magpies ahead, and Alex Moreno’s own goal in the second half sealed the victory.
For the first time since last February, the hosts suffered a league defeat at Villa Park, but Ollie Watkins managed to salvage a point.
Although Villa has played more games than both first-place Liverpool and third-place Manchester City, the London team will catch up to Villa if they defeat Brentford on Wednesday. Villa is now in fourth place.
Newcastle had dropped out of the top four after losing six of its previous seven league games, but their win moved them up to seventh position, 11 points behind Villa.
Newcastle Faces Different Villa After Early Season Thrashing
Although Newcastle’s first match of the season saw them beat Villa 5-1, the two teams’ paths have since diverged.
This season, as Unai Emery’s team mounts an unexpected Champions League assault, only Sheffield United has managed a point from Villa Park; the Magpies have won only once on the road.
However, the visitors took the lead right away and had the first meaningful opportunity 20 minutes in. Anthony Gordon and Ezri Konsa were able to get free after Jacob Murphy’s delicious pass found them, but Emi Martinez quickly arrived to make the save.
Martinez spilled Murphy’s attempt, and Clement Lenglet had to parry Sean Longstaff’s effort as the Magpies were more nimble and Villa seemed surprisingly hesitant.
Gordon found space soon after, but his effort was deflected over as Newcastle started to create openings, which they took advantage of to score two goals in short succession.
32nd Minute: Schar Opens the Scoring
In an attempt to stop Kieran Trippier’s ensuing corner, Douglas Luiz and Konsa made a mess of themselves, and Schar snuck in to score in the 32nd minute.
Gordon was only denied a second time by a last-ditch block by Matty Cash four minutes later, but Villa was once again undone by a corner.
Gordon received just a partial clearance before his shot hit Lenglet and caused it to bounce over the bar’s underside. Schar then fired in his second from close range. Since August 2022, the defender has not scored in the league.
Just before the half, Alexander Isak went down injured for the Magpies, and in stoppage time, John McGinn turned down a rare Villa opportunity.
Second Half: Gordon Puts Villa on the Back Foot
Six minutes into the second half, Gordon sent Cash scampering down the right after Miguel Almiron, who had replaced Isak, stole him on the halfway line. This put Villa even farther down.
Murphy was the recipient of the Paraguayan’s throw at the far post. Moreno eventually pushed the ball into his own goal as the winger attempted to turn it in.
Although Villa came back strong and Watkins slid in Moussa Diaby to round Martin Dubravka, Schar was there to clean up. Newcastle should have been coasting.
Before Watkins equalized with 19 minutes remaining by turning in a cross from replacement Leon Bailey for his 50th Premier League goal, Dubravka also had to block Cash’s attempt.
After coming on with Newcastle leading, Watkins was denied by a close VAR ruling two minutes later, but Villa’s momentum was stopped.