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The ball is delivered by Cheik Tiote.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Delfouneso on Ryan Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Yohan Cabaye takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye, clearance by Richard Dunne. A cross is delivered by Cheik Tiote, clearance by Marc Albrighton.
Gabriel Obertan delivers the ball, save made by Shay Given.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Albrighton on Steven Taylor. Danny Simpson takes the free kick.
Danny Simpson fouled by Marc Albrighton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Dunne by Fabricio Coloccini. Charles N'Zogbia restarts play with the free kick.
Drilled right-footed shot by Yohan Cabaye. Shay Given makes a save. Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line, Nathan Delfouneso manages to make a clearance.
Darren Bent is caught offside. Jonas Gutierrez leaves the field to be replaced by Sammy Ameobi. Nathan Delfouneso comes on in place of Darren Bent. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Shola Ameobi has an effort at goal. Save made by Shay Given.
The referee blows for offside. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a short corner.
(Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Sylvain Marveaux coming on for Demba Ba.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
Marc Albrighton has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Centre by Marc Albrighton, save by Tim Krul.
Foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Ireland.
A cross is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Charles N'Zogbia, save made by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Bent on Fabricio Coloccini. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Tim Krul. Shola Ameobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Collins. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
Darren Bent has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Clearance made by Steven Taylor. Marc Albrighton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Steven Taylor makes a clearance.
Jonas Gutierrez challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Collins takes the direct free kick. Yohan Cabaye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland. Direct free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
Marc Albrighton replaces Barry Bannan. Stiliyan Petrov goes off and Stephen Ireland comes on. Shola Ameobi replaces Leon Best.
Shot from 25 yards by Demba Ba. Save by Shay Given.
Cheik Tiote fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Leon Best fouled by Stiliyan Petrov, the ref awards a free kick. James Collins is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Ryan Taylor has an effort direct from the free kick.
Ryan Taylor delivers the ball, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Obertan by Fabian Delph. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Barry Bannan from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Barry Bannan gets a block in.
Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. The ball is delivered by Cheik Tiote, Leon Best takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save. Leon Best grabs a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle.Booking for Leon Best for dissent. Assist by Cheik Tiote.
The ball is delivered by Darren Bent, Tim Krul makes a save.
Foul by Yohan Cabaye on Barry Bannan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
The ball is crossed by Gabriel Obertan, save by Shay Given.
A cross is delivered by Gabriel Obertan, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line.
The referee penalises Jonas Gutierrez for handball. Barry Bannan delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Shay Given.
Short corner taken by Barry Bannan from the right by-line. The ball is swung over by Barry Bannan.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Centre by Danny Simpson, clearance made by James Collins. Shot by Ryan Taylor from 25 yards. Blocked by Stiliyan Petrov.
Ryan Taylor produces a cross, clearance by James Collins.
Ryan Taylor produces a cross, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Darren Bent. Cheik Tiote restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Charles N'Zogbia, comfortable save by Tim Krul.
The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance made by James Collins.
Ryan Taylor produces a cross, Fabian Delph manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance made by Stephen Warnock.
Stiliyan Petrov challenges Cheik Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cheik Tiote takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Cheik Tiote. Steven Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Shot from close in by Charles N'Zogbia misses to the left of the goal.
Ryan Taylor has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Stiliyan Petrov gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Yohan Cabaye, Effort from deep inside the area by Gabriel Obertan misses to the left of the goal.
Drilled right-footed shot by Demba Ba. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Gabriel Obertan, Demba Ba takes a shot. Stephen Warnock gets a block in. Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
The ball is delivered by Alan Hutton, Steven Taylor makes a clearance.
Centre by Danny Simpson, Jonas Gutierrez has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Effort on goal by Stiliyan Petrov from 35 yards went over.
Leon Best challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.
Centre by Gabriel Obertan, Richard Dunne makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line to the near post, Steven Taylor takes a shot. Save by Shay Given. Shot on goal by Steven Taylor from just inside the area goes over the target. The offside flag is raised against Leon Best. Shay Given takes the free kick.
Shot by Darren Bent from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Demba Ba fouled by Richard Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Demba Ba. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Gabriel Obertan on Stephen Warnock, free kick awarded. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Best. Leon Best restarts play with the free kick.
Leon Best gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton. Shay Given takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Simpson. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan played to the near post, Ryan Taylor makes a clearance.
Barry Bannan has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
The ball is sent over by Barry Bannan, Gabriel Agbonlahor scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle.Barry Bannan provided the assist for the goal.
Alan Hutton sends in a cross, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.
Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in. Ryan Taylor delivers the ball, Shay Given makes a save.
Yohan Cabaye takes the outswinging corner, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance.
Yohan Cabaye takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Best. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ryan Taylor.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Yohan Cabaye goes wide left of the target.
Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, clearance by James Collins.
Barry Bannan handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
Centre by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance made by Steven Taylor.
Heskey and Jenas miss Magpies clash
Aston Villa will be without Emile Heskey and Jermaine Jenas for the home Barclays Premier League game against Newcastle.
Former England striker Heskey looks set to be out for two to three weeks with a pulled hamstring, while on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jenas also misses out this weekend after suffering a thigh injury in training.
Eric Lichaj is expected to be sidelined for three to four months after undergoing a hip operation. Fellow defender Carlos Cuellar is recovering well from a knee problem but lacks match fitness.
Newcastle full-back Davide Santon could be out of action for a month after suffering a cartilage injury which will require minor surgery.
The 20-year-old former Inter Milan defender will miss out on a chance to make his senior debut for the club, so utility man Ryan Taylor is likely to continue in what has been a problem position for manager Alan Pardew since Jose Enrique's summer departure for Liverpool.
Hatem Ben Arfa is back in training after his ankle injury but is unlikely to be risked at the weekend, although he could make the squad for Tuesday night's Carling Cup trip to Nottingham Forest, while Haris Vuckic (broken hand), Mehdi Abeid and Mike Williamson (broken arm) remain on the casualty list.
Pardew has challenged his players to defy the odds to retain their place in the in the Barclays Premier League's top four.
Not since the Bobby Robson era, when the Magpies finished fourth, third and fifth in successive seasons, have the Magpies rubbed shoulders so closely with English football's elite, and their current lofty status has come as a surprise to many.
Indeed, few would expect them to remain on the coat-tails of the Manchester clubs and Chelsea despite their hugely encouraging start to the new campaign.
However, Pardew insists they are there on merit and while he knows there are tougher tests to come, he insists there is no reason why they cannot stay in the upper reaches of the table.
He said with a smile: "I took my phone and got a picture of it [the league table] to make sure it was correct, and I will keep that.
"There's no sense of us getting carried away - I don't think that will ever happen under my management.
"It's about taking that belief into the games. That's where we are and that's where we deserve to be and from now on, that's where we have got to try to stay if we can."
Newcastle are where they are because they have conceded only one league goal in their four games to date, and that has been enough to secure draws with Arsenal and QPR and wins over Sunderland and Fulham.
But they have scored only three times themselves in the process and while the balance has been good enough during the opening weeks of the season, Pardew knows unless something changes, they will have to continue to keep clean sheets if they are to maintain that momentum.
He said: "The discipline in the squad has been the key and our defenders have been really at the top of their game.
"Where we sit right now, there is a huge dependence on them at the moment and we want to just change that, take some pressure off them and get a couple of goals here and there - or maybe three or four."
Bent fails to make Magpies pay
England striker Darren Bent squandered two golden chances as Aston Villa and Newcastle maintained their unbeaten start to the season by sharing the spoils 1-1 at Villa Park.
Leon Best earned Newcastle a deserved point as his third goal of the campaign cancelled out Gabriel Agbonlahor's early opener.
Bent should have punished the Magpies only for his predatory instincts to desert him, and he completed a miserable afternoon by limping out of the action in the closing stages.
Charles N'Zogbia is also still struggling to adapt to life at Villa Park after his summer move from Wigan but Newcastle looked full of confidence with midfielder Cheick Tiote a key figure.
Villa were indebted to a fine display from former Magpies keeper Shay Given and defender James Collins in holding on for a point despite Bent's opportunities.
The first chance fell to the Magpies with Best teeing up Yohan Cabaye 20 yards out and his shot flew only just wide.
Newcastle looked purposeful and Given had to be alert to turn a cross from Gabriel Obertan over the bar.
But after 13 minutes Agbonlahor put Villa in front via their first meaningful attack.
Bannan's left-footed cross picked out the England striker whose initial volley was blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
But the ball dropped back straight into Agbonlahor's path and he made no mistake from close range.
Bannan's dipping volley from 25 yards out was only just off target, while Steve Taylor blocked a Stiliyan Petrov effort after good play by Fabian Delph.
Bent missed a golden chance to double Villa's lead after 26 minutes. Skipper Petrov manoeuvred his way to the by-line and squared the ball back across the box to the unmarked Bent only for the England player side-footed wide from eight yards out.
Newcastle still looked threatening and Given made a fine save to turn aside Steven Taylor's volley from Cabaye's corner.
Obertan was causing problems down the right flank and another teasing cross picked out Demba Ba whose shot was deflected for a corner.
Agbonlahor came close to striking for the second time a minute after the restart. N'Zogbia played the ball into Agbonlahor's feet and he managed to turn and fire in a low shot which beat the dive of Krul but curled inches wide.
Newcastle deservedly got back on level terms after 57 minutes through Best. The former Coventry striker was unmarked at the far post and his initial effort from Tiote's cross produced a fine save from Given, but Best had the easiest of chances to convert the rebound.
Petrov was booked for dissent, banging his fist into the turf, after bringing down Best.
Bent had another great chance to restore Villa's lead after a mistake by Steven Taylor in trying to deal with substitute Stephen Ireland's centre. Bent, however, failed to make a full contact on his lob over Krul and Steven Taylor was able to make amends for his error by clearing.
Albrighton dragged a shot just wide of the far post, before Given made a superb save to turn aside Cabaye's 87th minute piledriver.
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