English Premiership

Villa down Newcastle to snap losing streak

Steve Bruce (Getty Images)
Steve Bruce (Getty Images)

London - Jack Grealish shone on his comeback from injury for Aston Villa as Newcastle manager Steve Bruce's return to his former club ended in a dreadful 2-0 Premier League defeat on Monday.

Goals from Villa's Conor Hourihane and Anwar El Ghazi in the space of four first half minutes eased their recent woes after a run of three straight defeats.

Grealish, sidelined for the 2-1 defeats at home to Liverpool and at Wolves with a thigh strain, again provided the spark Villa had been missing in those games.

Left-back Targett was the victim of a bizarre 20th-minute incident when he vomited on the pitch just after he had taken a throw-in - but after treatment and water the £15.6 million summer signing from Southampton was able to continue.

Villa were always the more threatening side.

The first arrived in the 32nd minute as Grealish raced onto a raking through ball, only for the attacking midfielder to be blatantly pushed in the back by the covering DeAndre Yedlin a yard outside the area.

Four minutes later Villa doubled their lead, with Grealish again drawing a foul, although it appeared as if he had deliberately caught the outstretched leg of Federico Fernandez.

On this occasion, Hourihane curled a piercing low ball into the six-yard box, and with Newcastle's defence leaden-footed, El Ghazi easily stabbed home his fourth goal of the season from three yards.

It prompted cries from the Villa fans of 'Brucey, Brucey what's the score?' as the home faithful teased their former boss.

Despite Bruce playing all three substitutes, including strikers Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle, his side were unable to find a way back into the game.

Fixtures
Tue 14 Jul 20 21:15 PM (SAST)
Chelsea
Norwich City
Stamford Bridge
Wed 15 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Manchester City
AFC Bournemouth
Etihad Stadium
Wed 15 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur
St. James' Park
Results
Mon 13 Jul 20
Manchester United 2
Southampton 2
Sun 12 Jul 20
AFC Bournemouth 4
Leicester City 1
Sun 12 Jul 20
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Arsenal 1
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Liverpool
35
30
93
2. Manchester City
35
23
72
3. Chelsea
35
18
60
4. Leicester City
35
17
59