Newcastle United secured a significant 3-1 victory against Aston Villa at Villa Park, with Fabian Schär’s impressive brace leading the Magpies to a crucial win. An unfortunate own goal from Alex Moreno extended Newcastle’s advantage, while Ollie Watkins managed to pull one back for Villa.
This triumph propels Newcastle to the seventh spot in the Premier League table with 32 points, narrowing the gap to 11 points behind fourth-placed Villa in the race for Champions League qualification.
In a standout performance, Fabian Schär scored two quickfire goals, marking Newcastle’s first away win at Villa Park in 11 years and ending Villa’s unbeaten home run in the Premier League since last February.
Schär opened the scoring on 32 minutes, calmly finishing from Kieran Trippier’s corner, and doubled the lead on 36 minutes with a right-footed tap-in after an Anthony Gordon effort deflected off the bar.
Newcastle further solidified their lead when Alex Moreno inadvertently bundled the ball into his own net on 52 minutes after a mishit Jacob Murphy finish collided with a post. Although Ollie Watkins notched a consolation goal on 71 minutes, it was not enough to overcome Newcastle’s dominance on the night.
The victory marked a significant turnaround for Eddie Howe’s side, ending their four-match losing streak in the Premier League. Howe expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance, emphasizing the rediscovery of their playing identity.
The win sees Newcastle climb to seventh place in the standings, positioning them favorably for a potential European football spot next season. Despite the challenges faced earlier in the season, the Magpies seem to be on the path to reclaiming their form under Eddie Howe’s guidance.