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Newcastle still goalless after Villa draw


Newcastle’s Mike Williamson falls as Aston Villa’s Gabby Agbonlahor vies for the ball during their match at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, yesterday.

Photo: Reuters

Newcastle United are yet to score their first Premier League goal of the season after a 0-0 draw away to Aston Villa in yesterday’s early kick-off match.

The Magpies had gone down in a 2-0 defeat at reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday last week during the opening weekend.

However, they could have broken their duck at Villa Park when, with barely a minute of normal time remaining, Dutch midfielder Siem de Jong let fly from close range only for US goalkeeper Brad Guzan to block the shot.

Newcastle finished the match with 10 men after central defender Mike Williamson was sent off in stoppage-time for a second bookable offence.

That reduction was too late for Villa, 1-0 winners at Stoke last weekend, to make their numerical advantage count.

Villa have four points from two games, while Newcastle grabbed their first point.

Louis van Gaal is to go in search of his first competitive win as Manchester United manager as his team is to travel to meet northeast side Sunderland today, while former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is to return to White Hart Lane as manager of fellow London club Queens Park Rangers.

Today’s other Premier League fixtures see Hull, 1-0 winners over QPR last weekend, at home to Stoke City.

The second round of league fixtures is completed by tomorrow’s clash between Manchester City and Liverpool, last season’s runners-up, at Eastlands.

By then former City striker Mario Balotelli could be a Liverpool player if his proposed £16 million (US$27 million) transfer from AC Milan has been completed, although any deal will come too late for him to be registered to play tomorrow.

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