Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa: Jordan Ayew stunner steals point for the Villans

first_img1 Jordan Ayew scored a stunning equaliser away to Newcastle to give Aston Villa a vital point in their fight against relegation.In torrential rain in the north-east Fabricio Coloccini scored the opening goal before half time as both teams faltered under the conditions.The Magpies looked like they were going to condemn the Villans to yet another defeat until Ayew produced a moment of magic from the edge of the area.That kicked Villa into gear but, despite their best efforts, they were unable to penetrate the Newcastle defence again meaning the Premier League’s bottom side remain 10 points adrift of safety.The match began terribly with both sides struggling to string many passes together in the horrendous rain soaking the St James’ Park pitch.The game was so poor that the first shot came after 23 minutes after Newcastle built up a good spell of possession.Papiss Cisse had the best chance of the game on the half hour mark when his header from Daryl Janmaat’s cross was saved by Brad Guzan.Cisse’s evening ended early after he pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury and was replaced by Aleksander Mitrovic, who was immediately in the thick of the action as he saw his header tipped over the bar.On 38 minutes, Coloccini broke the deadlock with a deflected low shot after Newcastle swung in a dangerous corner.At half-time there was a pitch inspection as the deluge continued to flood the surface of the pitch.However, the match did restart for the second half and Newcastle should have been two up 10 minutes later, but Siem de Jong missed a sitter from two yards out as he aimed his unchallenged header wide of the goal.And Newcastle were made to pay for that miss moments later as Aston Villa equalised through a stunning goal from Jordan Ayew.The Ghanaian turned on the edge of the box before curling an exquisite right-footed shot into the top corner.Villa grew into the game and became the better side but it was the Magpies who nearly nicked it but Georginio Wijnaldum – perhaps due to the weather – scuffed his shot straight at Guzan.Rob Elliot did brilliantly to keep Newcastle in it when substitute Rudy Gestede rose highest with four minutes remaining as Villa continued to pile forward for a late winner.The point for Villa means it is only their second in eight away games this season. Jordan Ayew last_img read more