Aston Villa vs Newcastle United highlights (2-0)

Aston Villa 2 vs 0 Newcastle United highlights 25.11

Former Aston Villa striker Chris Sutton on BBC Radio 5 Live

"I think Steve Bruce will feel humiliated. He would have been quite entitled to chuck cabbages at his own team at half-time.

"Villa really deserved their victory. They needed the three points, they got the three points and Dean Smith got his performance.

"It was important Villa stepped up and played with confidence after three defeats.

"Newcastle helped them immensely by the fact they were so passive. Villa did have to weather a little bit of a Newcastle storm at the start of the second half but it was a big performance and they're back on track."

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith speaking to Sky Sports: "This is a really tough league and we have just gone through a period of playing Manchester City and Liverpool, which were games I thought we actually played well in.

"The table is so tight but you need to put a run together, be tough to beat and keep a clean sheet. I'm really pleased with the clean sheet as we haven't had too many of those this season.

"Our form has been good; we knew it would be hard, but I think we've been competitive. It takes time to gel defensively but we achieved that against Newcastle."

On goalscorer Conor Hourihane, Smith added: "I explained to Conor why I left him out against Manchester City [on 26 October]. He has scored goals in every league he's played in and I always had him earmarked to come back in and he showed us what he was about."

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce told Sky Sports: "The first half in particular we did not do enough with or without the ball. We felt we were harshly done by with two free-kicks, but the way Conor Hourihane has executed them made it a difficult night.

"Conor is very good, I have seen it many times and he has the accuracy and power to score. The second one, our defenders have to defend better, too many stood and watched it.

"The game was gone in two minutes although we had chances before and after half-time when Tom Heaton made some good saves.

"Jamaal Lascelles [out with a knee injury] is our captain and has been playing very well. Last week the defenders were excellent but you are always going to miss your best players."

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United . Score: 2-0.


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