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The referee brings the game to a close.
Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Mathieu Debuchy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Luna.
Ron Vlaar takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Mathieu Debuchy.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Yoan Gouffran.
Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Christian Benteke is caught offside.
Mathieu Debuchy makes a clearance.
Sammy Ameobi is brought on as a substitute for Yohan Cabaye.
Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball.
Shot by Yoan Gouffran. Bradley Guzan catches the ball.
Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Andreas Weimann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon.
Ron Vlaar fouled by Yohan Cabaye, the ref awards a free kick.
Fabian Delph takes a fantastic shot and went wide of the right hand upright.
Cheick Tiote takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a block.
Mathieu Debuchy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Yohan Cabaye.
Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick.
The referee penalises Matthew Lowton for handball.
Cheick Tiote joins the action as a substitute, replacing Vurnon Anita.
Yoan Gouffran scores with their right foot. Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle.
Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot. Parried by Bradley Guzan back into danger.
Free kick crossed by Ashley Westwood.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antonio Luna by Mathieu Debuchy.
Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
Fabian Delph takes the free kick.
Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.
Libor Kozak comes on in place of Karim El Ahmadi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Papiss Cisse on Ron Vlaar.
Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Ron Vlaar gets a block in.
Hatem Ben Arfa crosses the ball.
Yoan Gouffran comes on in place of Loic Remy.
The ball is sent over by Antonio Luna.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line.
Hatem Ben Arfa has an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan parries the effort to safety.
The referee cautions Yohan Cabaye for unsporting behaviour.
Loic Remy challenges Matthew Lowton unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Loic Remy.
Hatem Ben Arfa manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
Andreas Weimann sends in a cross.
The second half kicks off.
The referee blows for half time.
Yohan Cabaye takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
Karim El Ahmadi challenges Loic Remy unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The ball is swung over by Christian Benteke.
Foul by Antonio Luna on Hatem Ben Arfa, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Mathieu Debuchy.
Clearance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Karim El Ahmadi makes a clearance.
Foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Moussa Sissoko, free kick awarded.
Shot by Andreas Weimann missed to the left of the net.
Clearance by Loic Remy.
Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa challenges Christian Benteke unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Loic Remy takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.
Christian Benteke takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
The ball is delivered by Antonio Luna.
Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Fabian Delph is shown a yellow card.
Hatem Ben Arfa fouled by Fabian Delph, the ref awards a free kick.
Clearance made by Ciaran Clark.
Jores Okore leaves the field to be replaced by Ciaran Clark.
Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa manages to make a clearance.
Vurnon Anita makes a clearance.
Clearance by Davide Santon.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa by Christian Benteke.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Papiss Cisse.
The referee blows for offside against Papiss Cisse.
Free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabian Delph.
Papiss Cisse has an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan safely holds on.
Karim El Ahmadi challenges Hatem Ben Arfa unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Ron Vlaar restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Yohan Cabaye.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.
Clearance made by Matthew Lowton.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
Lambert goes on the front foot
Paul Lambert will not curtail Aston Villa's dynamic style of play despite recognising the need to end a run of 25 Barclays Premier League games without a clean sheet.
The Scot earned plaudits last season for his side's attacking philosophy, even though they spent much of the campaign battling relegation due to their tendency to leak goals.
However, Villa seem better positioned to play with freedom this term after Lambert bolstered his squad over the summer and continues to mould the side he wants.
"Of course I want to put it right at the back but I want a team that's exciting," he said.
"I want to try to attack. This season we've started off by playing really well and we're doing well at the moment."
Lambert, whose side beat Arsenal away before losing narrowly to Chelsea and Liverpool this season, added: "We've taken a lot of confidence from the first three games.
"Sometimes you can walk out of a game thinking you deserved to be beaten but against Chelsea and Liverpool I don't think we deserved to lose. We played really well at Stamford Bridge and particularly in the second half against Liverpool I thought we deserved something.
"You can take that confidence from it because the way we played was really positive. If we keep doing that and keep that belief in what we're doing (we'll be okay).
"I've seen that this week in training. I haven't had to say much because it's been that high-level. We just have to take that into Saturday."
Villa's attacking department has been further enhanced this summer by the arrivals of strikers Nicklas Helenius and Libor Kozak, the latter a late signing from Lazio before the transfer deadline. Kozak could make his Villa debut against the Magpies as Lambert picks from a largely injury-free squad.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has challenged Hatem Ben Arfa to force his way into the France team by becoming a regular match winner.
The 26-year-old has established himself as a fans' favourite at St James' Park with his breath-taking brand of football, which he used to stunning effect when he produced a piece of individual brilliance to secure a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Fulham a fortnight ago.
Pardew was left both lauding the former Marseille winger's mercurial talent and bemoaning his maverick approach to the game afterwards.
However, he is confident he has a potential football genius on his hands and believes if he can find a level of consistency, he can take the Barclays Premier League by storm and make a major impact on the international stage.
Pardew said: "That's what we are searching for with Hatem, a little bit more consistency in terms of him winning games, whether it's an assist or a goal.
"He has fantastic quality. He is a player the fans love and he certainly got everybody out of their seats the last time.
"But we need a little bit more than that, more from him, more of those moments. I think he would be the first to admit that that's the year he needs if he is going to break into the French team."
Midfielder Yohan Cabaye, a target for Arsenal, remains on board and may return to the starting line-up having worked hard in training on Tyneside during the break for international matches, while the club's one new arrival, loan signing Loic Remy, may be handed a full debut after impressing in his brief appearance as a substitute against the Londoners.
Pardew said: "We got a little cameo of that when Remy came on the pitch the other day.
"Suddenly Papiss [Cisse] started getting opportunities, and that comes from having another striker on the pitch who can threaten the goal of that quality.
"Hopefully, that will take us forward as a team because offensively, we need to improve."
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