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Newcastle United record a vital away victory at last

NEWCASTLE United reaped the early rewards of their January spending spree with the sort of victory that does much to banish fears of a prolonged fight against relegation.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew celebrates his team's win over Aston Villa

NEWCASTLE United reaped the early rewards of their January spending spree with the sort of victory that does much to banish fears of a prolonged fight against relegation.

Energised by the impetus provided by Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran, United raced into a two-goal lead against struggling Aston Villa before withstanding a fierce riposte from Paul Lambert’s men in the second half.

The way United’s lead was threatened after the break will keep feet on the ground after a first half that saw Newcastle play some of their best football of the entire campaign.

Debutant Sissoko was imperious in the midfield engine room while Gouffran provided the sort of pace and poise that Newcastle have missed on the wing.

Sissoko also provided the spark for Papiss Cissé, who converted the France midfielder’s sumptuous cross-field pass to give United the lead on 19 minutes.

Yohan Cabaye then doubled the lead with a wonderful angled drive that gave Brad Guzan absolutely no chance.

It was the type of football to get Alan Pardew purring, and the Newcastle boss concurred: “We played the football Newcastle fans want to see in that first half. They haven’t seen it that much this year.”

The second period saw Villa race back into contention, Gabriel Agbonlahor was fouled to give them a penalty which Christian Benteke rolled home, but Newcastle secured three precious points.

 

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