• Italian has presided over one win in nine games since taking over at Villa Park• Owner Tony Xia wants to see improvement in two upcoming away gamesRoberto Di Matteo is already fighting to save his job, with the Aston Villa manager facing the prospect of the sack unless he [...]
The first meeting of two Champions League-winning managers outside the top flight saw Newcastle display promotion credentials but Villa punished their profligacy and battled to a drawWhen Newcastle United previously visited Villa Park, on the penultimate day of last season, they drew 0-0 against the already relegated Aston Villa, slipping [...]
It has not been an easy start to life in the Championship for Villa, but Aaron Tshibola's late goal rescued a point from what threatened to be another bleak afternoon for Roberto Di Matteo's side.Problems with Jack Grealish, who was left out here and has been fined by the club [...]
• Diamé: ‘I have to do everything to get Newcastle back in Premier League'• ‘Seeing Steve Bruce leave Hull like he did had a big impact on me'Mohamed Diamé has an unequivocal answer to almost incessant questions about why he turned his back on the Premier League in order to [...]
The French-born striker, who did not have a club until he was 18 and whose move to Aston Villa may become a Championship record, says he is ‘way off doing what Drogba did but we all have to try'Jonathan Kodjia was on his way to becoming an accountant before he [...]
Keeping with the Transatlantic connection from the Newcastle VFTOS, we talk to the New York City Tykes about the Barnsley game. It appears that being on a different continent is no barrier to supporting your team.
Do you think that Barnsley could achieve promotion this year?
Given the start we've [...]
Our impressive final twenty-five minutes against Newcastle saw us dominating the media darlings and league favourites, and we could have stolen all three points. Would it have been deserved? Probably not. Our first-half display was one of the worst we've seen all season, to go into the break at only [...]
I don't even remember the last time we won away from Villa Park and I've made the mistake in the past thinking that we'd win, even this season once or twice, so I'm not counting any apples today. But it would be nice.
And sorry to bring up the basics [...]
By Richard Wakefield Beat Barnsley? As each game passes by, Villa continue to slide down the table at an alarming rate. With a plethora of teams finding their feet in the Championship, all of our worse fears are playing out before us as Villa are being put at serious risk [...]
A solitary win in nine games represents a highly frustrating start to life in the Championship for the Villans. It's fair to say that the majority of supporters didn't expect us to be languishing in seventeenth position as the end of the first quarter of the season fast approaches. Roberto [...]
The Villa Appetiser: Barnsley v Aston Villa 2016 It might not have been three points, but Villa passed their first test of the season, and in the end a draw against Newcastle felt like a victory. Talk of Di Matteo's position being under threat is far too premature, but there [...]
What the hell was happening in the first hour or so at Villa Park against Newcastle? Bizarre tactical decisions – Adomah at right wing-back with Bacuna playing in front of him? The old 3-5-2 (or a variation of that) and a midfield that just couldn't string a pass together, not [...]
Coming into this massive home game against Newcastle, the two sides had stark contrasts to the way they've started the season. Despite losing three games, Newcastle made sure they won the rest to live up to everyone's expectations of potentially storming the league. Villa, on the other hand, have been [...]
In isolation a point against Newcastle, especially considering recent form and the performance in the first half, isn't a bad thing at all. Taking the bigger picture into account, firing a blank against Ipswich and rescuing a point against Newcastle does little to lift Villa up the table. A full [...]
Venue: Villa ParkDate: Tuesday 27th September 2016Kick-off: 19:45Referee: James Adcock
Barnsley: L W W W L
Aston Villa: L D D D D
Last time the two teams met: 0-1 – 11th March 1998 (Villa Park)
A seventeenth minute strike from Ashley Ward condemned the Villans to defeat and sealed only one [...]
I said I was considering my thoughts about the Newcastle game and I've come to my conclusion, which is that RDM has to go.
I know. It's not logical and we're only one game from going on a run, which is the stance that I've held consistently up to now.
But I [...]
If we needed reminding that we are in The Championship, then fixtures such as a trip to Oakswell on a Tuesday evening certainly hammer home the point.That's not a statement with any sense of self righteousness either, we are absolutely where we deserve to be and go into the game [...]
It's a question I never expected to be asking so early into the season but, unfortunately, it is one that has to be asked in light of performances and recent press speculation. Do we stick or twist when it comes to Roberto Di Matteo as manager?
Di Matteo has had a [...]
The game began in open fashion, with both teams battling to create an early opening.
The hosts had their first chance within five minutes, when home debutant Adomah found Kodjia with a long pass. Kodjia cut inside but found his shot blocked by former Villa man Clark.
Fans united in the seventh [...]
Last weekend, we saw our former captain Gareth Barry make his six hundredth appearance in the Premier League, a feat which had only been achieved by two players previously. On the same day, Jack Grealish, a current Holte End hero, was reportedly partying late into the night, celebrating his twenty-first [...]
Miracles can happen as a shock victory leads to a streak for Villa. For those who don't know, you can download the legendary Championship Manager 01/02 for free. For those of us, like myself, who were nine when this came out - you'll get the chance to actually win something!
You can have no complaints about the last 25 minutes of that match yesterday and while I've taken to not reading what the manager and players say, I guess they'll all be happy too. And with the manager needing a point from yesterday, so he's on target for getting four [...]
In what was scheduled for a Saturday evening kick-off, Villa entertained Newcastle United. This game was perhaps the most eagerly anticipated in the Championship thus far. Both teams spent significant sums of money in order to give themselves the best opportunity of an immediate return to the Premier League. Up [...]
For once it was the opponent left ruing missed chances and Villa who grabbed a late equalizer as the Lions battled back to earn a 1-1 draw with visiting Newcastle. Which never seemed like happening.
Indeed, for 65 minutes or so, it was one of the most dispiriting performances I've seen [...]
Villa turned a losing position into a draw! Against Newcastle! HILARIOUS! We changed things up this week! Instead of having a great first half with nothing to show for it, Aston Villa came out against Newcastle United and had a garbage first half with an own goal to show for [...]
We've got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa host Newcastle United. Alright Aston Villa. Win this one, at least. You apparently want to draw everything. But please. PLEASE. Please beat Newcastle. Because as I mentioned last week, I hate Newcastle United. I don't know why, either. [...]
I'm worried about today.
We face Newcastle at home and the truth is I don't have the foggiest idea about how this game is going to go.
It's easy to take a pessimistic view and look at our form compared to the opposition's and assume it's all over before we kick a [...]
There is something about Newcastle United fans that I can't quite put my finger on. They're not bitter or actually they are, but that isn't where it ends. There is this neanderthal element too. Now, it's not all of them, but there are a lot of them. They're loud. You [...]
Well here we are again.The Villa Underground often ponders on these pages about the drawbacks & effects of following Aston Villa. The experience is bad enough until you imagine having to follow a team like Newcastle United.For all of Villa's woe's, self inflicted disintegration and even our stuttering start [...]
If you look at the table then this match is the story of two different relegated Premier League teams. Newcastle sit comfortably in 3rd having lost three but won five matches. Whereas Villa are struggling in 18th, yet with less defeats at only two. It's the draws that have been [...]
There is a Transatlantic flavour to the Newcastle United “View From The Other Side”. The Toon Army NYC gave their views on Saturday's clash at Villa Park. Unsurprisingly, the US based Newcastle fan group are confident going into the game and have high hopes of an immediate return [...]
Winter arrives as Villa drop more points, welcome ‘Arry to Villa Park and experience mountain highs and sea-bed lows... For those who don't know, you can download the legendary Championship Manager 01/02 for free. For those of us, like myself, who were nine when this came out - you'll get [...]
Micah Richards, at centre back, is Villa's joint-highest-rated player in FIFA 17. That's… not right. If you're at least a little like me, you're anxiously awaiting next week's FIFA launch and the opportunity to take Aston Villa back to Premier League (and eventual European) glory. So when the FIFA player [...]
Aston Villa made a meal out of taking a point from the game against Newcastle United on Saturday, but take a point they did. After going behind to a Tommy Elphick own goal, Villa battled back with a rousing last half hour. And, for once, it was Villa who grabbed [...]
David and Dan try to make sense of the visit of the Toon to Villa Park. From the first half disgrace to the late fightback. Certain players get called out while others get a pat on the back. They also weight up the latest episode in the Jack Grealish soap [...]
David and Dan try to make sense of the visit of the Toon to Villa Park. From the first half Villa disgrace to the late fightback. Certain players get called out while others get a pat on the back. They also weight up the latest episode in the Jack Grealish [...]