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Summary

  1. Newcastle go top of Championship with 2-0 win
  2. Newcastle's Gayle and Villa's Hogan both off injured
  3. Aston Villa without win in nine league games

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By Owen Phillips

All times stated are UK

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Newcastle United 2-0 Aston Villa

Over and out for the Championship for the day but plenty more action to come from a busy programme on Tuesday night.

You are all invited to join us again for that. In the meantime, have a read of how tonight's action panned out at St James' Park...

Yoan Gouffran

Newcastle United 2-0 Aston Villa

Newcastle United move one point clear at the top of the Championship, scoring in each half to defeat Aston Villa.

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Tuesday's EFL action

Contain your excitement - there's more where that came from.

We'll have live text coverage of 11 games in the Championship, League One and League Two from 19:00 GMT tomorrow.

You can also hear BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentary of Huddersfield v Reading.

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Match reaction

FT: Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie told Sky Sports: "We gained control at the start of the second half. We like to perform and play well but three points is the main thing."

Captain Jamaal Lascelles: "We are getting results. We just have to prepare every game the same and keep working hard. We are very pleased with the three points. We rest up and go again."

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Another defeat for Aston Villa - that's five in a row now, and some of their followers are fearing the worst...

John Collum-Mills: We are getting sucked into another relegation battle. Something is rotten to the core at Villa.

Mike: Can't help but feel that relegation may be in the cards, no guts in the team and no answers from the manager. Same old story.

Newcastle back on top

FT: Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Curtis Davies

Hull City defender on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Newcastle want to win this league, but the main thing is to win promotion.

The fact that you can take off a player that's scored 20 goals and still beat Villa is testament to them. Dwight Gayle made a good decision to come off if he was struggling.

FULL-TIME

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Newcastle are back on top of the Championship.

Rafael Benitez and Jonjo Shelvey
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Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

It's all but done at St James' Park. It's tough on Villa but Newcastle looked strong after going ahead.

Some encouraging signs for the away side. Although it may be hard to see that as a fifth defeat in five looms large.

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Here's the Henri Lansbury own goal in pictorial form...

Henri Lansbury own goal
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As a Nottingham Forest player, Lansbury was involved in a couple of controversial Newcastle red cards when Forest beat the Magpies earlier in the season.

So it's fair to say the home fans enjoyed letting the Villa midfielder know about his error which seems set to wrap up the home win.

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Two goals in four minutes with 10 men seems, frankly, impossible.

Can Newcastle round things off with a third goal? They are not settling for 2-0. 

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

There will be six minutes of time added on. Nearly all of which is down to the Scott Hogan injury.

SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Newcastle replace goalscorer Yoan Gouffran with Christian Atsu. 

Meanwhile Scott Hogan gets a good send-off from the home fans as well as the the Villa supporters.

When things aren't going your way...

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

The stretcher is on. Scott Hogan is really struggling and Villa will have to finish with 10 men after making all three of their substitutions.

Boss Steve Bruce cannot believe his luck.

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Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Villa now have Scott Hogan down clutching his ankle and looking in a lot of pain after a corner.

He landed awkwardly and twisted it badly. It's one you wince at as you see it in slow motion.

Villa's night just got worse.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Jonathan Kodjia cannot continue and is replaced in a double substitution which also sees Birkir Bjarnason come off. Leandro Bacuna and Gary Gardner come on.

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Continuing the theme of big units from earlier, Villa's Jonathan Kodjia needs some treatment after Jamaal Lascelles lands on him following an aerial challenge. 

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

That would have been some goal. Villa's Jonathan Kodjia does brilliantly with a volley from 20 yards but it goes just over the bar.

Still more than 10 minutes for the away side to get back in this - unlikely as it seems.

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Matt Ritchie's direct running and pace has posed problems throughout and he continues to test the Aston Villa defence. 

Another surge forward leads to nothing but Newcastle look the more likely to get the next goal.

They are controlling things now and the visitors are getting stretched.

SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Albert Adomah replaces Mile Jedinak as Aston Villa look for a way back into the game.

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

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Suddenly everything is looking rosy for Newcastle. The crowd show their appreciation for some neat passing and a nice move ends with Villa keeper Sam Johnstone called into action once again with a superb save from Jack Colback's cross-shot. 

The first half seems a long time ago for the visitors.

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Newcastle could easily have had a third there but Matt Ritchie's near-post strike is well saved by Sam Johnstone.

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Villa really have their work cut out now.

But they are almost back in the game in as Birkir Bjarnason gets through on goal only to to see his save superbly blocked by on-rushing Magpies keeper Karl Darlow.

Newcastle double their lead

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Curtis Davies

Hull City defender on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

This is when you see the best of the Newcastle fans. They've got a two-goal cushion, they feel a bit more comfortable and now they'll be looking for three or four. When their side have looked comfortable this season, they've been able to go on and do that.

GOAL - Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa

Henri Lansbury own goal

From the corner resulting from Jonjo Shelvey's free-kick, which had been saved by Sam Johnstone, Henri Lansbury gets his feet in a muddle on the line and the ball squirms over the line from Jamaal Lascelles' goalbound shot.

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Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

A good shout for most off-target shot of the night as Villa's Birkir Bjarnason smashes a volley hopelessly over from 20 yards. Not sure it has stopped rising yet.

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

Good defending at the other end now, from James Chester who refuses to be outmuscled by the aforementioned big unit that is Aleksandar Mitrovic, despite being fouled by the Newcastle striker.  

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

There's a bit more urgency about Newcastle now. Jonjo Shelvey has become increasingly influential. 

And he shows his defensive qualities by blocking a stinging Birkir Bjarnason shot 25 yards from goal.

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

The free-kick is spanked into the wall and Villa clear their lines, as they do with another set-piece that quickly follows.

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

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A stern-faced Steve Bruce is no longer enjoying is return to his native north east.

And Newcastle now have a free-kick 30 yards from goal after a Conor Hourihane foul on Jack Colback.

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J: Whilst as a Newcastle fan I hope I'm proved wrong but Mitrovic hasn't been in good form. Poor discipline and mediocre striker at best.

Mike: Cue the collapse after ANOTHER poor goal conceded. Groundhog Day.

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Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

A purposeful run by Villa's Neil Taylor sees him look Ashley Cole-esque as he runs across the pitch evading a couple of challenges and turning neatly.

He ruins it by slicing the ball out for a throw in.

KICK-OFF

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

Here we go again. Newcastle get us under way in the second half.

Tuesday's EFL action

There are 11 matches in the EFL on Tuesday, including four in the Championship.

Promotion-chasing Huddersfield and Reading face each other, while there's also an intriguing local derby between Derby and Burton.

We'll have live text and radio commentary on the BBC Sport website and app from 19:00 GMT.

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Cave in or come back?

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Can Villa recover from that setback? How brittle is their confidence after a dreadful run which has seen pick up just two points from a possible 24?

Twenty-goal striker Dwight Gayle has gone off injured for Newcastle but Aleksandar Mitrovic's introduction is providing a different test for the Villa defence.

Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Dwight Gayle for Newcastle
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He's certainly someone who falls into the "big unit" category.

The "in-the-mixer" approach sure worked for the only goal so far - from the only effort on target.

HT: Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

Curtis Davies

Hull City defender on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Villa have defended well and limited Newcastle to very few chances. There was a 10-minute spell when they looked like they might get the goal. Unfortunately when it rains, it pours.

They need someone in the number 10 role to get close to Scott Hogan. He's working really hard but if he's got three defenders around him, it doesn't matter how good his touch is, it's always going to be tough for him.

Newcastle have been quite comfortable but Rafael Benitez will want to see more attacking impetus and more threatening in the final third.

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HALF-TIME

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

The last action of the first half sees Newcastle substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic head well over from a deep cross. Villa were excellent for the majority of that half but were flustered after conceding late on and look like they need the break.

A real slap in the face for the visitors.

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

There will be two minutes of added time.

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

Steve Bruce has the look of a man who's lost a tenner and found 50p. The balance of play often doesn't reflect the scoreline. That's certainly the case here.

And it could have been worse as Matt Ritchie flashes a fierce low shot just wide for the hosts.

Gouffran scores for Newcastle

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

Curtis Davies

Hull City defender on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Ritchie put in a great ball, Lascelles won the header and after that it was just pinball. Fortunately for Newcastle, they ended up putting it in the back of the net.

It's a typical poacher's goal and you can't really blame the Villa defenders. Sometimes if you don't get it clear that first time, it's going to be very difficult for you.

GOAL - Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

Yoan Gouffran

One chance, one goal. Cruel on Villa as a good delivery from a well-worked short corner on the right causes chaos in the box and Yoan Gouffran reacts quickest to score from close range with his left foot.

Yoan Gouffran scores
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Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

A few industrial challenges have awakened the crowd. Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce implores his side not to rush a throw-in.

The hosts are getting a bit frustrated.