Newcastle United send floundering Aston Villa into bottom three

Villa had a penalty appeal for handball against Fabricio Coloccini waved away before Newcastle resumed their assault on the hosts' goal, with Davide Santon drawing a good save from goalkeeper Brad Guzan from 25 yards out.

updated: January 30, 2013 10:46 IST
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Birmingham: 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.

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