Saturday 20 January 2018

Gouffran on target for flying Magpies

ASTON VILLA 1 NEWCASTLE Utd 2

Phil Medlicott

Newcastle's steady improvement this season continued as Yoan Gouffran's strike earned them all three points at Aston Villa.

The Magpies were ahead in the 18th minute when poor Villa defending allowed Hatem Ben Arfa the chance to convert.

The hosts levelled through Christian Benteke's header in the 67th minute, but Newcastle went back in front in the 73rd when Brad Guzan palmed away the impressive Ben Arfa's shot and sub Gouffran pounced.

There has been plenty of talk about doom and gloom around Newcastle after a summer that only yielded one signing in loan capture Loic Remy, who made his first start for the club here. But since they lost their first Premier League game of the campaign 4-0 against Manchester City, the three other top-flight fixtures for Alan Pardew's men this term have seen them draw 0-0 with West Ham, beat Fulham 1-0 and then record this victory over Villa.

Villa, on the other hand, began the season with a 3-1 win at Arsenal, but have now lost three league matches in a row. Paul Lambert's team were on level terms for just six minutes as Ben Arfa proved a thorn in their side once again, dancing forward and drilling a shot that Guzan could only parry.

Gouffran, who had come on for Remy, was on hand and had the space to bury the loose ball. At the other end, Fabian Delph then tried to lash the ball the wrong side of the post and Villa were unable to muster much more from there.

Sunday Independent

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