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An Ings and VAR masterclass give Villa all three points against Newcastle United

Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United

An overhead stunner from Ings and a soft penalty converted by El Ghazi punish a Callum Wilson first half miss as Villa deal back to back losses to Steve Bruce and his men at the start of the 2021/22 season.

The sucker punch that was a Danny Ings goal in first half injury time made all the worse having seen Callum Wilson blaze wide when clean through inside the first 10 minutes, a glorious chance he would bury 9 times out of 10.

And when David Coote was asked by VAR to go to the pitch side monitor to look at a ball to arm incident, the referee would inexplicably give the home side a spot kick what El Ghazi would convert with ease.

As if those in black and white weren't already fuming with VAR another incident midway through the second half would have them seething. Newcastle first given a penalty when Wilson was smashed to the floor by Martinez, only for VAR to give an offside with with Wilson being adjudged to be offside by a toenail.

Game over.

2 losses in 2 games. All far too familiar!


Steve Bruce picked what most would agree is Newcastle United's strongest starting XI, baring between the sticks with Woodman continuing to deputise for both Dubravka and Darlow. See foot of page for Starting XI and in game stats.

Whilst Villa would start brightly, the first big chance of the game would go Newcastle with Wilson racing clear but with only Martinez to beat his shot form the edge of the box would go narrowly wide. What a chance for Wilson and one you'd normally expect him to easily tuck home. Huge chance.

Aston Villa were enjoying plenty of the ball but United were looking for every chance to break on their hosts. Schar in particular looking composed at the back in the early exchanges in keeping the home side at bay.

And on the break the Magpies certainly looked dangerous. Good work from Wilson, ASM and Willock earning Newcastle corner on 15 but Lascelles couldn't get any purchase on the header.

At the other end McGinn would try his luck from distance but his effort would be high, wide and not very handsome as United continued to frustr