Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew is desperate to keep the positivity going at Newcastle United

The only way for Newcastle United and their manager to keep the good feeling going is by winning matches, starting at Aston Villa

(From the left) Newcastle United's John Carver, Lee Charnley and Alan Pardew, followed by Fabricio Coloccini (r), as they arrive for the funeral of Liam Sweeney

Alan Pardew reflects on funeral of Liam Sweeney and the season ahead

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew likes the look of his side ahead of a 'huge' week for the club, starting at Aston Villa on Saturday

Facundo Ferreyra of Newcastle United in action

Facundo Ferreyra scores his first goal for Newcastle United Reserves

If Alan Pardew doesn't get any more players, he needs all his strikers to be in form, as was Facundo Ferreyra last night

Sunderland's Jack Colback

Jack Colback will leave Sunderland this summer

West Ham, Fulham and Aston Villa are all interested in Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback who sees his future lying away from Wearside

Vernon Anita in action for Newcastle against Villa

Newcastle United 1 Aston Villa 0: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

For the first time since Yohan Cabaye left, Newcastle United scored a goal. But the previous 92 minutes highlighted the task in hand

Loic Remy

Newcastle boss hails goalscoring hero Loic Remy after win over Villa

After watching Loic Remy score Newcastle United's first post-Yohan Cabaye goal, Alan Pardew has joked he may keep the striker hidden from potential suitors

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Newcastle v Aston Villa: The pressure is on Alan Pardew can feel it

A horrific start to 2014 on and off the field has piled the pressure on Newcastle United’s Alan Pardew. Stuart Rayner reports

Wes Brown in action for Sunderland against Aston Villa

Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

There are still glaring problems with Sunderland, but a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa suggested Gustavo Poyet is making progress on his top priority

Gus Poyet

Aston Villa thriller is not what Gustavo Poyet has in mind

Gustavo Poyet is hoping for a bit of normality from Sunderland's trip to Villa Park

Loic Remy

Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye set to start against Aston Villa

Loic Remy will make his first Newcastle United start at Aston Villa today – and Yohan Cabaye is also set to make a return to the team

Mark Douglas: Fours years on, and the Villa target still adds up

Newcastle's proclamations on their financial situation don't make sense - and the numbers don't stack up

Darren Bent in action for Aston Villa

Newcastle fail with late bid for Darren Bent

Newcastle United FC have failed in the bid to get former Sunderland AFC striker Darren Bent to join them

Darren Bent

Alan Pardew urges Joe Kinnear to make Darren Bent first senior summer signing

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will urge Joe Kinnear to make Darren Bent the Magpies’ first senior summer signing when the director of football returns from holiday on Monday

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio tests Sunderland's mental strength

PAOLO DI CANIO has this week tested his players’ mental strength after Sunderland were brought crashing back down to earth at Villa Park.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio's dream start turns into nightmare at Aston Villa

SUNDERLAND will part company with chief scout Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson this summer as part of a summer overhaul of their scouting network, the Journal can reveal.

Aston Villa players celebrate as Christian Benteke score his sides fourth goal against Sunderland

Aston Villa 6 Sunderland 1 - Mark Douglas' match analysis

There is blood in the water at the bottom of the Premier League again after Sunderland suffered a devastating defeat at Villa Park last night

teaser: Paolo Di Canio

Paulo Di Canio: Beat Villa and Sunderland are safe

PAOLO Di Canio has told his Sunderland players relegation will be avoided if they win Monday’s “Champions League final” at Aston Villa.

Tim Krul

Tim Krul: We have the strength in depth to compete

DEEP in the bowels of Villa Park, Alan Shearer cleared his throat and prepared to deliver one of the darkest sermons in the history of Newcastle United.

Newcastle United Under-21s 2, Aston Villa Under-21s 3

NEWCASTLE United were beaten 3-2 by Aston Villa at Whitley Park in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League yesterday.

Lambert backs Martin O'Neill to lift Sunderland

IN many ways an Aston Villa team containing so many whose careers Martin O’Neill shaped were the worst possible opponents for a manager struggling to lift his team from a poor run.

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