Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 0: Player ratings

Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 0: Player ratings as Paul Lambert's men continue unbeaten run

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Aston Villa

Brad Guzan Had a few efforts to contend with, but he coped well overall in front of the home crowd. His denial of De Jong at the death saved the day – and a point. 7/10

Alan Hutton Cleared up a few dangerous approaches. In particular, he tidied up an attack from a persistent Cabella as the first half was winding down after he was sent through into the box. Pushed forward with composure. 6

Phillipe Senderos Solid enough at the back. His experience will help Newcastle a lot this season. 6

Ron Vlaar Jarred his knee in the opening exchanges, but soldiered on. Had a decent game. 6

Aly Cissokho Was energetic throughout, didn’t give up on any loose balls in Newcastle’s half and sent in a few threatening crosses for the attackers to feed off. 7

Ashley Westwood Wasn’t quite as involved as many home fans would have liked. Seemed anonymous at times. 5

Fabian Delph Got a shot off mid-way through the opening period after a nice build-up after dropping his shoulder to beat his marker he let fly, but it was just too over-hit. 6

Kieran Richardson Cleared up a dangerous breakaway from the Magpies down the left flank with a tremendously vigorous challenge that had the supporters on their feet. Didn’t offer enough on the attack, however. 5

Andreas Weimann The highlight of his display was an intelligent ball played in from the left wing in between Tim Krul and the back four, but there was no-one there to turn it in. 6

Charles N’Zogbia Played some clever football. His headed chance in the early throes of the encounter was unlucky not to creep in under the crossbar. Provided a pacey outlet. 7

Gabriel Agbonlahor Spearheaded the Villa attack well, was a good outlet for their counter-attacking style. But their lack of direct threat on the goal was a real source of frustration for the fans – as it is sure to be for the rest of the season. 6

Substitutions

Carlos Sanchez Came on for N’Zogbia in the 62nd minute. Looked lively, and sprayed the ball around nicely when he could. The match could have gone differently had he started. He looks bright. 7

Darren Bent Drafted in for the final 15 minutes, Bent joined Villa’s attack in the hope of grabbing an unlikely winner. 5

Nathan Baker N/A

Newcastle United

Tim Krul Had a relatively trouble-free afternoon as Villa began to sit back after a relatively energetic 20-minute spell at the start of the encounter. 7

Daryl Janmaat Assisted on the right flank by pushing forward and made himself available for some deliveries. Probably should have scored in the 51st minute when he received a cushioned header, but his own headed effort was saved. Came close again in the 56th minute after cutting in from the flank. 7

Mike Williamson Was eager to grab his first goal for the club, and an early headed effort underlined that. Had a positive match right up until his dismissal heading into stoppage time for a second bookable offence. 6

Fabricio Coloccini Had plenty of time on the ball at the back, trying to set up a good platform for an attack. Will have been glad that Villa simply didn’t have enough quality to trouble them considerably. 6

Paul Dumett (Man of the Match) Introduced a bit of intelligence to the visitors’s play with some neat passing, especially when it came to sending loose balls back into the Villa box. His late cross to find substitute, Perez was a testament to his skill. 7

Vurnon Anita Was forced to live off scraps as the first half dragged on. Hit a couple of long-range efforts from the edge of the area, but nothing that came close to breaking the deadlock. 6

Jack Colback Gave away a silly free-kick in the 17th minute that Villa very nearly scored from. Participated solidly. 6

Yoan Gouffran Wasted a chance in the 12th minute at the back post with a miscued shot. 6

Moussa Sissoko Mixed things up nicely to inject some speed to their attacks. Looked a little bit nervy at times, especially when helping out at the back. Used his physical strength well at times to cause problems for the hosts’s defence. 6

Remy Cabella Added great fluidity to the Toon Army’s attack. The former Montpellier man almost netted in the 25th minute, but he didn’t connect very well with the shot. 7

Emmanuel Riviere Didn’t show enough attacking threat in the opening half. Got a shot away just after the half-hour mark, running away from goal, but Guzan gathered easily enough. Warmed to the game as Newcastle re-asserted their dominance. 6

Substitutions

Siem De Jong Introduced for Anita in the 69th minute as Alan Pardew’s men went in search of victory. Had a late chance to secure all three points, but he couldn’t convert thanks to some brave goalkeeping. 6

Ayoze Perez Came on for Riviere in the 13th minute. Almost turned in a lovely cross from Dummet late on, but he skied his effort. Wasn’t on the pitch long as he was sacrificed for Stephen Taylor. 5

Stephen Taylor N/A

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