Premier League: Aston Villa winless in three as Jamaal Lascelles snatches late draw for Newcastle
Premier League, St James' Park: Newcastle United 1 (Lascelles 90+4') Aston Villa 1 (Clark og 86')
Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa stretches for the ball under pressure from Ciaran Clark of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St. James Park on March 12, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
The result leaves Newcastle in 16th place, two points clear of the drop zone and looking anxiously over their shoulder ahead of the rest of the weekend’s action. Villa stay ninth and are seven points adrift of fifth-placed West Ham.
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Next up, Villa host Spurs a week on Sunday. Newcastle visit Brighton for what could be a critical clash in the battle to stay up a week on Saturday.
A point that doesn't suit either side. Newcastle may have made it three matches unbeaten but right now they need victories. The fact they had to rely on a centre back to dig them out of the mire shows just how much they miss Callum Wilson. It was rather poor for long spells and they have now won just two of their last 17 Premier League matches. Given the recent revival of Fulham, it looks like being a very nervy run-in for the Toon and there’s no doubt the pressure continues to mount on Bruce as fans once again vented their frustration on social media channels. In contrast, Villa remain a solid outfit, but without Grealish they are sorely missing their X-factor. The suggestion is he will be back for next week’s clash with Spurs and that will be a big boost given they have now not won in three outings. The Villans will need to keep Grealish fit and hope he doesn’t take too long to hit top form if they are to cap a fine season by landing a European place.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Jaamal Lascelles (Newcastle United). The Magpies defender kept Watkins and Co quiet for large periods of the match and then produced a real captain’s intervention to rescue a draw from the jaws of defeat.
14’ – NEWCASTLE CHANCE! Joelinton powers on to a long ball into the right channel and drives into the box. It's a narrow angle and he attempts to cut back before letting fly, but Konsa gets back to make a superb block.
27’ – ASTON VILLA CHANCE! Lovely foot work from Trezeguet sees him shuffle his way in from the right. He takes aim from a narrow angle but can't blast his way beyond Dubravka. Good save by the keeper.
54’ – ASTON VILLA CHANCE! Targett curls a devilish free-kick into the box for Konsa but his header flies just wide of the far post.
82’ – NEWCASTLE CHANCE! Murphy turns two inside the area but slams his 12-yard shot against the crossbar.
86’ - GOAL! – Newcastle 0-1 Aston Villa. Watkins sees his header from Targett's cross hit Ciaran Clark and fly in off the bar.
90+3’ – ASTON VILLA CHANCE! It should be two. Barkley feeds Watkins but the forward can't beat Dubravka. Great save!
90+4’ – GOAL! – Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa. Lascelles powers a header in from a left-wing cross and snatches a point for the Magpies!
This is only the third instance in Premier League history of a team scoring first in a game as late as the 86th minute in an away game and not going on to win, after Birmingham vs West Brom in October 2002 and Leicester vs Watford in June 2020.
Ciaran Clark is the first player to score an own goal against a team they've previously played for in the Premier League since Pablo Zabaleta against Manchester City in April 2018 for West Ham.
Only Crystal Palace (13) have conceded more Premier League goals in the last 15 minutes of games this season than Newcastle (12).