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Flashback 2005: Barry on the spot in fighting display
Gareth Barry in form.
22nd Feb 2014
Flashback 2005: Barry on the spot in fighting display


All the post-match debate surrounded the dust-up between home duo Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer - but no-one should be in any doubt that this was an outstanding Villa performance.

They soaked up long periods of Newcastle pressure after Juan Pablo Angel had fired them into a fifth minute lead and also survived a couple of penalty appeals.

But they were ultimately good value for an emphatic victory over a side who boasted a 12-match unbeaten run.

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Angel's goal was firmly driven home from 10 yards after Jermaine Jenas had headed away an awkwardly curling centre from Steven Davis but it was no great surprise that Newcastle should respond in such positive fashion.

By half-time, Thomas Sorensen had made excellent saves from Alan Shearer, Bowyer and Nicky Butt, while Dyer and Jenas had fired only just off target as Villa were forced to defend in numbers.

For all that, the visitors came closer to scoring when Gareth Barry's low shot came back off the foot of the post and both teams continued to look dangerous early in the second half.

Sorensen clawed out a Shearer header which had struck Jlloyd Samuel's arm and then tipped over Bowyer's fierce rising drive but Angel should have claimed his second when he shot wide after racing clear of the home defence.

Barry had no such problems as he thumped two penalties past Shay Given, the first awarded when Steven Taylor handled Darius Vassell's goalbound shot and the second after Vassell was barged over by Stephen Carr.

That challenge was nothing compared with the Bowery-Dyer scrap which followed but Villa weren't too worried.

They had won the main bout on points.

Watch the extended highlights on AVTV.

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