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Newcastle ends losing streak with 3-1 victory over Aston Villa

Posted : 31 January 2024

Newcastle United secured a vital 3-1 triumph against Aston Villa, snapping their four-match losing streak in the Premier League. Fabian Schar's brace, complemented by an own goal from Alex Moreno, propelled the Magpies to a convincing lead.

 

Despite a late goal from Ollie Watkins for Villa, the home side suffered their first home league defeat of the season. The win elevated Newcastle to seventh place in the table, while Villa missed an opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Liverpool, remaining in fourth position.

 

Newcastle displayed superior panache and attacking prowess, with Anthony Gordon and Alexander Isak leading the charge against Villa's previously resilient defense. Eddie Howe's side showcased both style and substance, securing only their second away victory of the season.

 

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Schar, epitomizing defensive discipline, contributed defensively and clinically finished two close-range goals. Manager Eddie Howe expressed satisfaction with the team's performance, emphasizing the return to their characteristic style after a challenging period.

 

Despite Villa's impressive record before the encounter, they struggled to contain Newcastle's attacking threats. Schar's clinical finishing punished defensive lapses, and Moreno's own goal further secured Newcastle's advantage. The defeat, coupled with fatigue evident in Villa's players, has raised questions about their depth and ability to sustain a title challenge.

 

Villa manager Unai Emery acknowledged the team's subpar performance and emphasized the need for tactical improvements. While a top-four spot remains within reach, Villa must address recent shortcomings to maintain their competitive edge in both domestic and European competitions.

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