Newcastle send floundering Villa into bottom three
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom (AFP) - Aston Villa's fortunes continued to plunge on Tuesday as they sank into the Premier League's bottom three following a 2-1 loss at home to relegation rivals Newcastle United.
Goals from Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye put the visitors 2-0 up after 31 minutes and despite a valiant fightback sparked by a Christian Benteke penalty, Villa saw their run of league games without a win extended to seven.
Defeat further complicated life for Villa coach Paul Lambert, who had seen his side eliminated from both the League Cup and the FA Cup by lower-league opposition in the last week.
Newcastle, meanwhile, ended a run of five matches without victory as Alan Pardew's side climbed to 15th in the table.