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Newcastle pile the misery on poor Villa by taking points.

Aston Villa .........................1 Newcastle .......................... 2 NEWCASTLE registered their first away win of the campaign to plunge fellow strugglers Aston Villa deeper into the Barclays Premier League relegation mire.

First-half goals from Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye put Newcastle in command and ended a sequence of 17 games without a victory away from St. James' Park in all competitions this season.

All Villa could manage in reply was a Christian Benteke penalty early in the second period.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew handed debuts to the French duo of Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran and the former, also a target for Villa this month, set up the opening goal for Cisse.

His side dominated the opening 45 minutes with Sissoko quickly settling into his central midfield role.

Then Newcastle showed enough know-how and experience to take the sting out of the second period after initially threatening to be over-run by a rejuvenated Villa.

Villa manager Paul Lambert received the backing on Monday of Villa chairman Randy Lerner but the alarm bells continue to ring loudly for his side.

Villa have now lost their last three home league games against fellow strugglers in Wigan, Southampton and now the Magpies.

They have taken just two points from their last seven games.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 30, 2013
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