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Loic Remy grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa.
Luuk De Jong takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.
Dan Gosling takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.
Joe Bennett manages to make a clearance.
Dan Gosling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett.
Dan Gosling joins the action as a substitute, replacing Cheick Tiote.
Loic Remy takes a shot and hits the post.
The ball is crossed by Moussa Sissoko.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leandro Bacuna on Loic Remy.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Moussa Sissoko.
Mike Williamson gets a header at goal.
Paul Dummett takes a short corner.
Mathieu Debuchy concedes a free kick for a foul on Andreas Weimann.
Shot by Moussa Sissoko went wide of the right-hand post.
Clearance by Ron Vlaar.
Yoan Gouffran takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.
Shot on goal comes in from Yoan Gouffran from the free kick. Fabian Delph gets a block in.
Foul by Ron Vlaar on Loic Remy, free kick awarded.
Mathieu Debuchy sends in a cross.
Joe Bennett comes on in place of Ryan Bertrand.
Strike comes in from Loic Remy from the free kick and misses left of the target.
Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Vurnon Anita.
Shot by Fabian Delph missed to the right of the target.
Shot by Karim El Ahmadi. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Yoan Gouffran fouled by Ryan Bertrand, the ref awards a free kick.
Luuk De Jong comes on in place of Papiss Cisse.
Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Moussa Sissoko has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
Foul by Cheick Tiote on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded.
Clearance by Leandro Bacuna.
Karim El Ahmadi manages to make a clearance.
Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Nathan Baker results in a free kick.
Foul by Loic Remy on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded.
Cheick Tiote takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a block.
The ball is crossed by Yacouba Sylla.
Corner taken by Paul Dummett from the right by-line.
The ball is sent over by Leandro Bacuna.
The ball is sent over by Yacouba Sylla.
Yacouba Sylla on for Ashley Westwood.
Yoan Gouffran crosses the ball.
The ball is sent over by Mathieu Debuchy.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Christian Benteke.
The ball is crossed by Mike Williamson.
Corner taken by Paul Dummett.
Mathieu Debuchy produces a cross.
A cross is delivered by Yoan Gouffran.
Shot by Yoan Gouffran went wide left of the goal.
Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
Clearance made by Loic Remy.
Cheick Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Yoan Gouffran on Ashley Westwood.
Loic Remy challenges Ron Vlaar unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Cheick Tiote takes the free kick.
Foul by Ashley Westwood on Cheick Tiote, free kick awarded.
Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
The second half begins.
Papiss Cisse takes a shot and cleared the goal.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
Clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
Vurnon Anita gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph.
Karim El Ahmadi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yoan Gouffran.
Gabriel Agbonlahor delivers the ball.
The ball is swung over by Christian Benteke.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Mathieu Debuchy gets a block in.
Clearance by Paul Dummett.
Paul Dummett manages to make a clearance.
Ron Vlaar goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Ron Vlaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Loic Remy.
Clearance by Christian Benteke.
A cross is delivered by Loic Remy.
Clearance by Mike Williamson.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
Free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.
Cheick Tiote challenges Christian Benteke unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The ball is swung over by Paul Dummett.
Shot comes in from Leandro Bacuna from the free kick. A parry by Tim Krul prevents the goal.
Cheick Tiote challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Karim El Ahmadi has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Loic Remy offside.
Mathieu Debuchy takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Foul by Christian Benteke on Fabricio Coloccini, free kick awarded.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Benteke on Cheick Tiote.
The official flags Christian Benteke offside.
Clearance made by Ryan Bertrand.
Clearance made by Vurnon Anita.
Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.
Clearance by Nathan Baker.
The ball is delivered by Vurnon Anita.
Moussa Sissoko has an effort at goal. Blocked by Ryan Bertrand.
Shot from the free kick by Leandro Bacuna went wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is delivered by Andreas Weimann.
Loic Remy takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan blocks the ball.
The game gets underway.
Pardew's warning to his players
Alan Pardew has admitted some of his players will be playing for their futures at Newcastle in the remaining 12 games of the season.
The Magpies have stalled in recent weeks with a run of three successive Barclays Premier League defeats seeing them lose touch with the top six.
Pardew is already planning a summer recruitment drive after losing key midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain last month, and with question marks hanging over several members of his current squad and others out of contract, there is likely to be a significant number of departures.
In the circumstances, the next three months could prove crucial for those men yet to nail down a first-team place, as well as those who have set their hearts on a trip to the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Asked if some are playing for their futures - there has been speculation over the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan and loan signing Luuk de Jong, among others - Pardew said: "Yes, I think some are.
"Others not so, but I am still looking for a level of performance and consistency that will maybe get them into a World Cup squad and make sure they are a regular next season at this football club."
For all that planning for the summer is under way, Pardew's more immediate task is to arrest an alarming slump which has seen the club pick up just a single point from its last four games and concede 10 goals without reply in the last three.
They will have a chance to arrest that slide when Aston Villa head for St James' Park on Sunday with the Magpies having been marooned on 37 points since their 0-0 draw at Norwich on January 28.
For all Newcastle enjoyed an encouraging first half of the campaign, Pardew's first target - 40 points - is yet to be reached, and that is an issue he intends to resolve at the earliest possible opportunity after last season's scramble for safety.
He said: "I would like to really get that out of the way on Sunday and hopefully we can. I wouldn't say we are very comfortable, but we are comfortable."
Pardew and his players were far from comfortable by the end of their last 90 minutes at St James', when they left the pitch to a chorus of boos from what remained of the crowd after a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham.
The manager and owner Mike Ashley have come in for concerted criticism for differing reasons since, and Pardew has left his players in little doubt as to what he expects of them from now on.
He said: "I can accept defeat, I have no problem with that, but there are ways and means to get a defeat.
"That wasn't the way or the means to get a defeat at this football club and I won't accept it.
"I just thought it was important to remind players of the responsibility they have, no matter how comfortable we are in the league, that there's a certain standard at this football club that we expect, and we didn't reach that standard by any stretch of the imagination.
"I made it plainly clear that I won't stand for it. That will be reflected in the selection of the team, and hopefully in the result."
Striker Loic Remy returns to the Newcastle squad. The Frenchman is available after serving a three-match ban. Central defender Fabricio Coloccini (knee) and midfielder Cheick Tiote (hamstring) could also be available.
Paul Lambert hopes to heap the pressure on Newcastle and capitalise on their recent woes at St James' Park by continuing Aston Villa's impressive away form this weekend.
Pardew's side have not won at home since Boxing Day and have conceded nine in their last three on Tyneside without reply.
Villa meanwhile have collected 17 of their 28 points on the road and seem to relish playing away from home more than at Villa Park.
Lambert hopes he can take advantage of those statistics when the two sides clash on Sunday.
"I think the expectation levels will be on Newcastle with the crowd and the club that it is," he said.
"They've been beaten pretty heavily in their last few home games which isn't like them, because they've been pretty consistent.
"Alan's done a great job there and it'll be a tough game. But we also know that if you can get on the front foot the crowd might become edgy."
He added: "I think any club with a big fanbase, especially at home, they come expecting you to win and if things go against you you can hear the grumblings and the moans and such.
"But you've got to be a big enough player to take the ball in any situation. You can never be frightened by it. It's something you have to be able to live with and be able to handle that pressure.
"Sometimes it can get to you. Some players can handle it but if it gets to you, it becomes tough."
Lambert has no new injury concerns. His squad came through a recent warm-weather training camp in Portugal well and he expects to have a largely fit squad at his disposal.
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