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  • 9 mins: Alan Hutton feeds Scott Sinclair down the right wing, but his low cross is easily gathered by Rob Elliot...
    12/19/2015 5:40:26 PM
  • While we're waiting for our evening clash to develop into the rip-roaring thrill fest we deserve, it's worth quickly reflecting on the achievement of Leicester, who will be top at Christmas after being bottom last year. As you'd appreciate, this is pretty rare:




    12/19/2015 5:44:26 PM
  • 13 mins: Newcastle are seeing more of the ball but struggling to create chances. Remi Garde will be happy with his side's efforts so far...
    12/19/2015 5:45:22 PM
  • 15 mins: Dangerous inswinging free-kick from Jack Colback is well cleared by the Villa defence...
    12/19/2015 5:46:31 PM
  • 16 mins: Villa then counter quickly, which looks like being their gameplan from the opening quarter of an hour, but Hutton's cross is too close to Elliot...
    12/19/2015 5:47:19 PM
  • 18 mins: Jordan Veretout cuts into the penalty area from the right wing, but Coloccini is on hand to poke the ball out of danger...
    12/19/2015 5:49:57 PM
  • 19 mins: Paul Dummett gets forward down the left, but his deflected cross is easy for Guzan to gather...
    12/19/2015 5:50:39 PM
  • 21 mins: First real attempt from either side comes from Idrissa Gueye but the Villa midfielder slices it horribly wide from 25 yards...
    12/19/2015 5:53:35 PM
  • 25 mins: Hutton gets forward again for the visitors with a fine run down the right, but his clipped cross evades Scott Sinclair...
    12/19/2015 5:56:24 PM
  • These pictures don't quite do it justice, but the driving rain is creating really difficult conditions here..



    12/19/2015 5:57:58 PM
  • 27 mins: Fine reading of the game by Joleon Lescott to stop Sissoko getting on the end of Janmaat's probing through ball...
    12/19/2015 5:58:29 PM
  • 28 mins: Janmaat gets forward again to hoist a cross towards Cisse, but Guzan gathers after an initial fumble...
    12/19/2015 5:59:10 PM
  • 29 mins: Crisp passing from the hosts to find Chancel Mbemba in the penalty area, but the centre-back struggles to readjust his feet and loses possession. This is more positive from Steve McLaren's side, though...
    12/19/2015 6:01:04 PM
  • 30 mins: Cisse has a header on goal from Janmaat's fine curling cross, but it's simple for Guzan...
    12/19/2015 6:02:04 PM
  • 31 mins: Cisse pulls up sharply when chasing a loose ball, and goes down - possibly a hamstring or groin problem for the striker, and it doesn't look good...
    12/19/2015 6:02:36 PM
  • 32 mins: Cisse does come off, to be replaced by Aleksandar Mitrovic in a straight swap...
    12/19/2015 6:03:52 PM
  • 34 mins: More strong, positive running by Sissoko to break into the penalty area, but his low cross is missed by Mitrovic! Really good chance for the striker just moments after coming on!
    12/19/2015 6:05:15 PM
  • The composed Gallic stare of Remi Garde, and... Steve McLaren. Each of the last three fixtures between these sides has featured a different pair of managers, with Pardew vs Lambert and Carver vs Sherwood preceding this clash:


    12/19/2015 6:08:07 PM
  • 37 mins: Colback whips in a free-kick from the right which is well met by Mitrovic at the edge of the box, forcing a fine save from Guzan as the ball loops towards the top corner!
    12/19/2015 6:08:55 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 1 (Coloccini) Aston Villa 0: The hosts take the lead straight from the corner! Unconvincing low ball in, but terrible defending from Villa as Lescott loses Colocinni, who controls his finish well to slot into the bottom corner!
    12/19/2015 6:09:04 PM
  • 39 mins: Newcastle lose concentration to let Ashley Westwood break into the penalty area, but the midfielder scuffs his shot...
    12/19/2015 6:10:59 PM
  • 41 mins: Until now the pitch seemed in relatively good condition but it's getting increasingly boggy in places, making controlling the ball and stringing together passes really difficult...
    12/19/2015 6:12:39 PM
  • 42 mins: Dummett earns the first yellow card of the clash after sliding in with a little too much enthusiasm on the greasy surface and taking out Hutton...
    12/19/2015 6:13:22 PM
  • 43 mins: Hutton gets forward yet again, but his cross is far too close to Elliot... yet again.
    12/19/2015 6:14:20 PM
  • 44 mins: Another dicey moment for Guzan as Okore misplaces a backpass, but the goalkeeper is quickly off his line to clear...
    12/19/2015 6:15:45 PM
  • 45 mins: Lovely footwork from Gueye draws a foul in a dangerous area. Bacuna goes for goal from the resulting free-kick, but it's straight at Elliot...
    12/19/2015 6:17:08 PM
  • Half-time: Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 0


    It hasn't been a classic, but given the importance of the fixture and the treacherous conditions it's perhaps unsurprising that both teams are a little tense.

    Chances have been at a premium, but on balance the hosts probably deserve their lead having been the more enterprising of the two sides, and Colocinni controlled his finish well to break the deadlock.

    Remi Garde's side have been well organised for the most part, but will have to offer much more going forward to claw their way back into the game.

    The rain shows no sign of abating, so the St James' Park groundstaff have a crucial job in trying to patch the ever worsening pitch up during the break. Fingers crossed conditions don't worsen too much...



    12/19/2015 6:17:59 PM
  • Kick-off: Villa get us back underway...
    12/19/2015 6:33:35 PM
  • 46 mins: Veretout forces a fine save from Elliot with a rasping left-footed drive straight after the break! The visitors' best moment so far...
    12/19/2015 6:34:34 PM
  • 47 mins: Newcastle then break immediately, the ball eventually falling to Sissoko at the back post, but he goes for power rather than placement and squanders the chance...
    12/19/2015 6:35:23 PM
  • 49 mins: Good composed work in the penalty area by Siem De Jong, but his dinked cross is headed clear by Lescott. The game has really opened up in the opening stages of the second half...
    12/19/2015 6:37:21 PM
  • 50 mins: Good work down the right by Ayew to beat Coloccini for pace, but his far post cross is just overhit...
    12/19/2015 6:38:17 PM
  • 52 mins: The ball drops to Ayew after a free-kick from Veretout is only half cleared, but the striker hits his first time volley well over the bar... Decent chance!
    12/19/2015 6:40:31 PM
  • 55 mins: More good work from Ayew, who has started the second half in lively fashion, as he again outstrips Coloccini to get a ball into the box, where Mbemba clears...
    12/19/2015 6:42:53 PM
  • 57 mins: What a miss! Janmaat does well to play in Wijnaldum, who is left all alone by the Villa defence to play a lovely ball to De Jong at the back post who, with the goal at his mercy, somehow heads wide! How costly will that be for Steve McLaren's side?
    12/19/2015 6:45:15 PM
  • 59 mins: Ayoze Perez comes on for De Jong, possibly as a punishment for missing such as sitter, while Rudy Gestede comes on for the anonymous Scott Sinclair...
    12/19/2015 6:47:31 PM
  • 60 mins: Gestede is straight into the action, rising high to loop a header on goal from Hutton's cross, but Elliot tips over the bar...
    12/19/2015 6:48:21 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1 (Ayew): Wow! There doesn't seem to be much on when Veretout finds the Ayew at the back post, but the Ghanian striker wriggles away from Janmaat and fires an unstoppable strike into the far corner, with Elliot absolutely helpless! What a goal!
    12/19/2015 6:49:00 PM
  • 64 mins: Ayew clips in a dangerous cross, but Elliot does brilliantly to hold the ball under pressure from Gestede. Villa are pushing for a winner here!
    12/19/2015 6:52:25 PM
  • 65 mins: The strikers combine again, with Ayew's low ball just out of Gestede's reach as the substitute gets away from Mbemba...
    12/19/2015 6:53:12 PM
  • 66 mins: AGAIN Ayew gets down the right to play a low ball in, but this time it's Coloccini who is able to put behind for a corner. The Ghanian has been superb since the break...
    12/19/2015 6:53:56 PM
  • Coloccini and the Newcastle defence have had their hands full in the second half with conditions continuing to deteriorate...


    12/19/2015 6:56:45 PM
  • 70 mins: Ayew has had Coloccini on toast in the second half and again leaves him for dead, but his pull-back is blocked...
    12/19/2015 6:58:21 PM
  • 72 mins: Anita comes off, shaking his head and looking mildly affronted at Steve McLaren's decision, to be replaced by Florian Thauvin...
    12/19/2015 6:59:35 PM
  • 74 mins: Huge chance for Newcastle is wasted! Lovely link-up between Mitrovic and Ayoze to find Wijnaldum just seven yards out, but the prolific Dutchman scuffs his effort horribly!
    12/19/2015 7:02:13 PM
  • 75 mins: Villa break well to release Veretout, but he is defeated by the pitch and can't dig out a decent cross...
    12/19/2015 7:03:17 PM
  • On a day of superb Premier League goals, Jordan Ayew's effort was right up there...


    12/19/2015 7:04:47 PM
  • 81 mins: Thauvin has looked threatening since coming on, and forces a crucial defensive header from Okore with a decent cross...
    12/19/2015 7:09:24 PM
  • 83 mins: Colback's whipped free-kick is headed behind by Gestede for a corner...
    12/19/2015 7:10:59 PM
  • 84 mins: Ashley Westwood is booked for either entering or exiting the field without permission. Looked a little petty...
    12/19/2015 7:12:29 PM
  • 86 mins: The game has got slightly scrappy in the past few minutes, as both sides struggle to maintain their intensity in the sapping conditions...
    12/19/2015 7:14:23 PM
  • 88 mins: Another strong, determined run from Ayew earns a corner for the visitors as Janmaat and Colback scramble to deny him...
    12/19/2015 7:15:44 PM
  • 89 mins: Gestede has made a real impact since coming on, and forces another really good save from Elliot with a fine header from the corner...
    12/19/2015 7:16:24 PM
  • 89 mins: Veretout then finds the big striker with a superb cross, but he inexplicably tries to set someone up rather than go for goal and completely fluffs his header! Villa still knocking on the door...
    12/19/2015 7:17:16 PM
  • 91 mins: Fantastic run by Sissoko as he bursts past Bacuna into the penalty area, but his pull-back is fired over the bar by Ayoze! Another clear-cut chance for the hosts squandered!
    12/19/2015 7:19:01 PM
  • 92 mins: We're halfway through three minutes of injury time after a fantastic second half...
    12/19/2015 7:19:31 PM
  • 93 mins: Carlos Sanchez has visions of tomorrow's back pages flashing in front of him as he fires in an effort from 35 yards. It goes very high and very wide.
    12/19/2015 7:21:08 PM
  • Full-time: Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1
    12/19/2015 7:21:25 PM
  • What a difference a half makes!

    After a relatively turgid first 45 minutes, both sides came out up for the fight, and the ever-worsening conditions created an old-school feel that provided a fitting end to a day of superb Premier League action.

    Steve McLaren will be disappointed that De Jong and Wijnaldum fluffed chances to grab a winner, but Villa probably deserved a point for their second half display, and the goal from Ayew, who was unplayable after the break, was spectacular.

    That's all from us today, so thanks for joining me and enjoy the rest of your Saturday evening.

    Tomorrow, Liverpool travel to Watford at lunchtime before Swansea face West Ham. As always, The Independent will be there to guide you every step of the way.



    12/19/2015 7:42:27 PM
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