Match: Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Date: September 24, 2016
Venue: Villa Park
Weather: 19C 66F, mostly cloudy
Elphick (og) 28
Aaron Tshibola’s first Villa goal salvaged a draw for Roberto Di Matteo’s men, just when defeat was beginning to look inevitable.
The midfielder squeezed home a far-post header from Jordan Ayew’s 88th-minute corner to earn a valuable point.
Tommy Elphick had earlier had the misfortune to concede a first-half own goal when he turned a low cross from DeAndre Yedlin past Pierluigi Gollini, who also saved the skipper’s blushes when he saved from Dwight Gayle following an Elphick slip.
But after Mohamed Diame had squandered an inviting chance to double the visitors’ advantage, Villa stepped up a gear and dominated the final 20 minutes.
Mile Jedinak had a header disallowed for offside, Ayew’s mesmerizing run ended with a shot against the outside of a post and Elphick headed just wide before Tshibola grabbed a deserved equaliser.
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VILLA: Gollini; Chester, Elphick, Baker (Tshibola HT); Bacuna, Adomah (Gestede 62), Westwood (Hepburn-Murphy 85), Jedinak, Amavi; Ayew; Kodjia Unused subs: Bunn, Richards,Hutton, Cissokho.
NEWCASTLE: Sels; Yedlin (Tiote 74), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Ritchie, Diame, Hayden, Shelvey; Gayle (Mitrovic 80), Gouffran. Unused subs: Darlow, Hanley, Lazaar, Perez, Atsu.
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh
Assistant Referee 1: Nick Greenhalgh
Assistant referee 2: James Mainwaring
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper