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The referee books Carlos Cuellar for unsporting behaviour. Fabricio Coloccini fouled by Carlos Cuellar, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Taylor produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Shot by Peter Lovenkrands. Save by Brad Friedel.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Bent. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
The referee shows Joey Barton a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Robert Pires coming on for Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Joey Barton, save by Brad Friedel.
(Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Shefki Kuqi coming on for Nile Ranger. Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Young on Peter Lovenkrands. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Taylor from right wing, clearance by Stiliyan Petrov.
Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
Stiliyan Petrov is cautioned. Joey Barton fouled by Stiliyan Petrov, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Carlos Cuellar coming on for Kyle Walker. Darren Bent is caught offside. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, James Collins takes a shot. Joey Barton manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Ryan Taylor, clearance made by James Collins.
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing.
Jonas Gutierrez challenges Kyle Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, Headed effort on goal by Richard Dunne from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Stiliyan Petrov goes wide left of the goal.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Nigel Reo-Coker coming on for Jean Makoun.
Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross, clearance by James Collins.
Unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie by Jean Makoun results in a free kick. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Taylor on for Steven Taylor.
Fabricio Coloccini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, save by Steve Harper.
The referee blows for offside against Nile Ranger. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save made by Steve Harper.
Stiliyan Petrov fouled by Fabricio Coloccini, the ref awards a free kick. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Young has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
Effort on goal by Kyle Walker from long distance goes over the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Steven Taylor makes a clearance.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
Darren Bent is ruled offside. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Stewart Downing, clearance by Mike Williamson.
Corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Stiliyan Petrov manages to make a clearance.
James Collins challenges Peter Lovenkrands unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Collins by Nile Ranger. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.
Joey Barton fouled by Stiliyan Petrov, the ref awards a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, Header from close range by Darren Bent clears the bar.
The offside flag is raised against Nile Ranger. Free kick taken by Luke Young.
Foul by Danny Guthrie on Jean Makoun, free kick awarded. James Collins takes the free kick.
Ashley Young has a drilled shot. Blocked by Steven Taylor. Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the right by-line, Richard Dunne takes a shot. Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.
Stewart Downing takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Mike Williamson. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Peter Lovenkrands offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
James Collins scores a headed goal from close in. Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle.Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Ashley Young. Ashley Young provided the assist for the goal.
The referee books Mike Williamson for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Mike Williamson on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Brad Friedel makes a save.
Nile Ranger takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
The ball is delivered by Luke Young.
Unfair challenge on Nile Ranger by Stiliyan Petrov results in a free kick. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
Close range header by Joey Barton goes over the bar.
Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball, Luke Young manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Stewart Downing played to the near post, Steven Taylor makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, Brad Friedel makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Jean Makoun by Fabricio Coloccini results in a free kick. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.
Nile Ranger challenges Richard Dunne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jean Makoun.
Effort from 25 yards by Stiliyan Petrov. Blocked by Danny Guthrie.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, save by Steve Harper.
Unfair challenge on Darren Bent by Steven Taylor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stewart Downing.
Clark back in Villa fray
Aston Villa midfielder Ciaran Clark will return after suspension for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle on Sunday.
Clark had to serve a two-match ban for incurring 10 bookings this season and was ruled out of the home defeat by Wolves and the draw at Everton, and admits he may have to wait to earn a recall.
He said: "It is always a shame when you're playing well and in and around the team and you pick up a suspension or injury.
"But if people come in and do well you know that they are going to be in the team the following week and then you are just going to have to bide your time. I know I will have to work hard and show in training that I am good enough to be involved."
Villa boss Gerard Houllier has a full strength squad to choose from as his players look to avenge a 6-0 defeat at St James' Park earlier in the campaign.
Houllier has to decide whether to persevere with the 4-4-2 system he switched to against Everton or revert to operating with record signing Darren Bent as the sole striker.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will be without suspended trio Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tiote and James Perch.
Skipper Nolan picked up his 10th booking of the season in last weekend's 4-1 victory over Wolves and must sit out two games, while Tiote completes a similar ban and Perch serves his punishment for a red card on reserve-team duty.
Ryan Taylor returns to contention after completing his three-match suspension and full-back Jose Enrique (hamstring) is fit, but Stephen Ireland is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement.
French winger Hatem Ben Arfa is back on Tyneside and is expected to resume training with the first-team squad after recovering from a double leg fracture the week after next, but Leon Best is out for the season after undergoing ankle surgery and Dan Gosling (knee) and Alan Smith (ankle) remain on the sidelines.
Pardew says he will not seek to gag outspoken midfielder Joey Barton after handing him the captain's armband.
The 28-year-old will lead the Magpies out in the absence of Nolan at the end of a week which has once again seen him hit the headlines.
Barton's brutally frank comments over his own England pedigree and, in his opinion, Gareth Barry's lack of one, the national team's chances of glory and his infamous clash with former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo, have made for interesting reading.
However, Pardew insists he did not think twice about asking a man who has had to be honest with himself over his off-the-field problems to take over from Nolan.
You have got to face your demons and deal with them, and he has done that," said Pardew. "I can't say that I agree with all of Joey's opinions, but they are his opinions and he is strong enough to express them.
"That's Joey. That's his opinion and I am not going to change his opinions. He will be the captain on Sunday of this football club and I expect him to carry that armband on to the pitch with discipline and a normal performance from Joey, if not perhaps better than that because he has got the armband."
Collins eases Villa relegation fears
James Collins eased Aston Villa's relegation worries with a first-half strike to secure a 1-0 victory over Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League clash at Villa Park.
The Welsh international defender headed home an Ashley Young free-kick midway through the first half to give Villa revenge for a 6-0 mauling at the hands of the Magpies at St James' Park in August.
More importantly, the victory lifted Gerard Houllier's side five points clear of the bottom three, with six games remaining.
Villa were relieved to hang on for the victory after dropping more points - 23 - from winning positions than any other Premier League team this season.
The game was not a classic but the result rather than the performance was crucial given Villa's current predicament.
However, they deserved the three points after dominating the second period - with winger Stewart Downing again impressing.
Newcastle had slightly the better of the first half but lacked a cutting edge particularly without the services of suspended captain and top scorer Kevin Nolan.
The Magpies were the first to threaten and a dangerous left-wing cross from Jose Enrique picked out the run of Joey Barton at the far post.
But the midfielder opted for a first time header when there was time to control the ball and his effort flew into the Holte End.
Newcastle started to impose themselves on the game and Brad Friedel went down to his left to gather Nile Ranger's low attempt from Jonas Gutierrez's through-ball.
Mike Williamson became the first player to be booked for bringing down Gabriel Agbonlahor in full flight.
Then after 24 minutes a superb header from Collins put Villa ahead.
Barton was upset at being penalised for bringing down Ashley Young.
Young took the free-kick himself and Collins' glancing header flew past goalkeeper Steve Harper into the far corner of the net. It was his third goal of the campaign.
Barton appeared to be constantly berating referee Stuart Attwell and was spoken to by the official.
Young had a shot deflected wide after finding plenty of space 20 yards out, then a goalbound header from Richard Dunne was blocked from the resulting corner by the influential Young.
Downing delivered an inviting cross after skipping past the challenge of Danny Simpson but Darren Bent could not keep his header down.
Bent had the ball in the net a minute before half-time but was ruled offside.
Villa started the second period on the offensive and a mistake by Barton allowed Stiliyan Petrov to find Agbonlahor in space on the left flank.
He had time to make ground into the Newcastle box and his curling shot was parried aside by Harper.
Young had a low shot turned around the post by Harper, even though referee Attwell awarded a goal-kick.
Villa were now in the ascendancy and Harper went down to cling on to Agbonlahor's low shot on the turn.
The home side appealed in vain for a penalty when Steven Taylor barged into Bent after an hour.
It was Taylor's last contribution before he was replaced by namesake Ryan.
Villa were still searching for the second goal and Collins had a goalbound header cleared from a Young corner.
Petrov was booked after bringing down Barton, who was then yellow carded for a challenge on Villa substitute Nigel Reo-Coker.
Friedel clung on to a Peter Lovenkrands header and then blocked a low drive from the same player in injury-time.
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