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Andrew Carroll finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 6-0 Aston Villa.Xisco provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken short by Joey Barton.
The offside flag is raised against Emile Heskey. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Andrew Carroll fouled by Stiliyan Petrov, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
Ciaran Clark goes off and Habib Beye comes on. Ryan Taylor takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Stephen Ireland.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark. Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. A goal is scored by Kevin Nolan from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 5-0 Aston Villa.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark. Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Kevin Nolan grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 5-0 Aston Villa.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Kevin Nolan finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 5-0 Aston Villa.Shola Ameobi provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken by Ashley Young.
Emile Heskey produces a cross, blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
Stephen Ireland has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Young by Xisco. Nigel Reo-Coker restarts play with the free kick.
Stewart Downing delivers the ball.
Foul by Xisco on Nigel Reo-Coker, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Emile Heskey.
Jonas Gutierrez leaves the field to be replaced by Xisco.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Nigel Reo-Coker, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel Reo-Coker is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Shot comes in from Ryan Taylor from the free kick.
Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, Emile Heskey manages to make a clearance.
(Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Ryan Taylor coming on for Alan Smith. (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Shola Ameobi coming on for Wayne Routledge. Corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line played to the near post, Emile Heskey makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton played to the near post, clearance by Ciaran Clark.
Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Blocked by James Perch.
Jonas Gutierrez concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge. Joey Barton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Richard Dunne.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Andrew Carroll grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 4-0 Aston Villa.Assist by Mike Williamson.
Joey Barton takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
Richard Dunne challenges Andrew Carroll unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Alan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emile Heskey. Alan Smith is shown a yellow card. Nigel Reo-Coker on for John Carew. Free kick taken by Luke Young.
Centre by James Perch.
Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland by Wayne Routledge. Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Joey Barton.
Emile Heskey is brought on as a substitute for Marc Albrighton.
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save made by Brad Friedel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Marc Albrighton. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stewart Downing, clearance by Alan Smith.
The ball is swung over by Wayne Routledge, clearance made by Stiliyan Petrov.
The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Nolan. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Young is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing.
A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Stewart Downing crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Andrew Carroll.
The referee blows for offside against Ashley Young. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
Stephen Ireland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
James Perch concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Warnock. Booking for James Perch for unsporting behaviour. Ciaran Clark takes the direct free kick.
Marc Albrighton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
Luke Young fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Andrew Carroll finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 3-0 Aston Villa.Mike Williamson provided the assist for the goal.
Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Mike Williamson takes a shot.
The ball is crossed by Wayne Routledge, Stephen Warnock gets a block in.
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel. Kevin Nolan grabs a headed goal from close in. Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa.
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
Stiliyan Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Smith. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
The ball is swung over by Wayne Routledge, save by Brad Friedel.
Jonas Gutierrez challenges Brad Friedel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Corner taken by Joey Barton, save made by Brad Friedel.
Stiliyan Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
Ashley Young is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on Stephen Ireland. Ciaran Clark restarts play with the free kick.
Stewart Downing has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
Joey Barton concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Joey Barton is booked. Stiliyan Petrov takes the free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
John Carew challenges Mike Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabricio Coloccini on John Carew. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line played to the near post.
Wayne Routledge crosses the ball, Kevin Nolan has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright. Joey Barton finds the net with a goal from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa.Assist by Jonas Gutierrez.
Centre by Wayne Routledge, Kevin Nolan has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target. Joey Barton scores a goal from outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa.Jonas Gutierrez provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Steve Harper on Ashley Young, Penalty awarded. Penalty taken by John Carew and missed.
Wayne Routledge crosses the ball, Ciaran Clark gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Alan Smith by John Carew results in a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
Andrew Carroll has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
Ciaran Clark gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Ciaran Clark. Direct free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
The referee gets the game started.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Hughton hopeful over duo
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is hopeful that both Peter Lovenkrands and Danny Guthrie will be available for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa.
The pair missed the season's opener at Manchester United on Monday with groin and knee injuries respectively, and while the Dane did not train on Friday and club medics are waiting to see if the former Liverpool midfielder suffers a reaction to the work he did, Hughton is keeping his fingers crossed.
Summer signing Sol Campbell is still working his way towards match fitness, while Danny Simpson and Leon Best (both ankle), Steven Taylor (shoulder) and Dan Gosling (knee) remain on the sidelines.
Hughton is confident there will be no hangover as his players run out against Villa for the first time since they condemned Newcastle to relegation.
The team Hughton sends out against the managerless midlanders will include several survivors from the 1-0 defeat at Villa Park on May 24 last year which consigned the Magpies to a season in the Championship.
Mercifully for the Tyneside club, their stay in the second tier lasted only a season, and although the former Republic of Ireland international was in the dug-out that day as Alan Shearer's rescue mission was finally scuppered, he will put it out of his mind.
Hughton said: "I don't think it has any relevance to the game at all. It's something that is very much in the past.
"We have worked very, very hard since then to get back where we wanted to be, and we are now at home again in front of what will hopefully be a full house at St James', and we have got to make the most of that."
Villa are set to hand a debut to Stephen Ireland.
The midfielder is in line to make his bow after his arrival in midweek from Manchester City as part of the deal which took James Milner in the opposite direction.
Caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald is set to make sweeping changes to the side that started the 1-1 Europa League draw against Rapid Vienna with central defender Richard Dunne returning after being suspended for the clash in Austria.
Goalkeeper Brad Friedel, midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, full-back Luke Young and winger Ashley Young are also set to return.
Striker John Carew should be fit after a knee injury but fellow forward Gabriel Agbonlahor (hamstring), midfielder Steve Sidwell (Achilles) and central defenders James Collins (calf) and Carlos Cuellar (hamstring) are under treatment.
Rookie Austrian striker Andreas Weimann is out after suffering an ankle injury against Rapid - his former club.
Carroll treble in Magpies romp
Andy Carroll plundered a hat-trick as Newcastle demolished Aston Villa with a stunning 6-0 victory.
Six days after the Magpies' return to Barclays Premier League began in sobering fashion with a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United, they hit hapless Villa for six without reply.
John Carew let the home side off the hook when he skied a 10th-minute penalty high over the bar, but Newcastle were far more clinical when they got the opportunity.
Carroll, watched by Alan Shearer, the man who wore the number nine shirt he has now inherited, stole the show with a fine treble after Joey Barton had opened the scoring with a 12th-minute piledriver and Kevin Nolan had made it 2-0 with 32 minutes gone.
Nolan struck again at the death before Carroll claimed the match ball in injury time to round off an impressive display in front of a delighted crowd of 43,546.
The Magpies were handed a further boost at half-time when they announced the signing, subject to a work permit, of Ivory Coast international Cheick Tiote from Dutch club FC Twente.
But for managerless Villa, who ultimately sent the Magpies down in May last year, their trip to the north-east was little short of disastrous.
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton spent much of the summer acknowledging that this season would present far tougher challenges than last season's Coca-Cola Championship romp, and his caveats were echoed by managing director Derek Llambias in his programme notes for the game.
Hughton, perhaps wary of the pace within the Villa ranks, once again fielded 21-year-old Carroll as a lone striker and charged skipper Nolan with the task of getting forward to support him.
With Stephen Ireland among their ranks for the first time on his 24th birthday, the visitors arrived having been installed once again as one of the candidates to push the big boys all the way, and their afternoon might have turned out differently had they taken the glorious opportunity which came their way with just 10 minutes gone.
Keeper Steve Harper was stunned to see referee Martin Atkinson pointing to the spot after Ashley Young had gone down as he attempted to round him.
Few inside St James' Park expected anything other than Carew to ram the resulting spot-kick into the back of the net, but the striker blasted his effort high over the bar.
Just how costly the miss would prove became abundantly clear before half-time as the Magpies made the most of their great escape.
There were just two more minutes on the clock when Barton picked up the ball 30 yards out, made a little ground and steadied himself before smashing a dipping right-foot shot over Brad Friedel's despairing dive.
The noise inside the stadium rekindled memories of loftier days on Tyneside, and there was even better to come.
Jose Enrique, who has spent the early part of the game trying to keep flying winger Marc Albrighton at bay and largely succeeding, got forward down the left and delivered an inviting cross to the back post for Carroll to head back towards Nolan.
The midfielder's initial effort was parried by Friedel, but Nolan responded swiftly to head the rebound home from four yards.
Carroll did not have to wait long for his chance and when it arrived two minutes later, he was not found wanting.
Richard Dunne failed to clear Mike Williamson's header back across goal from a Barton corner and the ball dropped perfectly for the striker to thump a left-foot drive home.
Villa left the field reflecting on a half during which they had enjoyed plenty of possession, but done too little with it, and on a defensive display which verged on the criminally negligent.
Newcastle returned in confident mood, but all the while aware that the visitors still represented a threat, although there was little evidence of that as the game approached the hour mark, prompting Emile Heskey's arrival in place of Albrighton.
Indeed, the Magpies would have been further ahead with 62 minutes gone had Friedel not made a vital save from Wayne Routledge after Carroll and Nolan had combined superbly on halfway to play him in.
The respite was only temporary, however, and when Williamson helped the ball over the top into the penalty area five minutes later, Carroll lashed his second home from close range.
The whistle could not come soon enough for the visitors, but it did so only after Nolan had toe-poked home a fifth and Carroll had completed his hat-trick from substitute Xisco's pass on a remarkable afternoon on Tyneside.
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