Toon Takeaways from Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa

Newcastle United had to settle with a 1-1 draw in their home fixture vs. Aston Villa.

After Dwight Gayle scored the opening goal in the second half, Newcastle United conceded late to finish level at 1-1 with Aston Villa. We look at the home result for the Magpies.

Easy Equalizer

The goal for Aston Villa was a soft one, no matter how you look at it. The header should’ve been saved by Martin Dubravka, but it did appear that Jonjo Shelvey may have directly obstructed his goalkeeper’s sightline. Either way, it’s a frustrating equalizer to concede.

Super Substitutes

Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle, within minutes of coming into the match, combined for the opening goal for Newcastle. Carroll did well to control the throw-in and ping a ball into an open Gayle, who converted the chance. It was a simple play but a quality one that put the Magpies ahead.

The Saint-Maximin Skills Show

While he always loves to dribble around defenders with the ball at his feet, Saint-Maximin was really showcasing his skill today. He attracted a lot of attention from the Villa defense, but he was often up for the challenge, taking on all comers.

Quick Kicks

  • Andy Carroll seems to have a gravitational pull when the ball is played into him, whether by throw, through ball, or in the air. He does so well to control the ball with any part of his body.
  • One in each half, Joelinton and Miguel Almiron had good chances but took an extra touch before scuffing their shots.
  • Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden both substituted off after picking up knocks and it will be interesting to see the extent of their injuries. Both players have been key since the Premier League returned.
  • Newcastle United are level on points with Burnley at 39, but Steve Bruce’s side has played one more match.
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What’s Next?

The Magpies won’t get a break from action this weekend. Instead, they will host Manchester City in the FA Cup quarterfinal on Sunday.

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