Villa climbed to eighth above Chelsea and Southampton and are now just five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool with two games in hand.
The visitors were undone by a Villa team despite playing a more optimistic 5-3-2 formation, whose manager watched from the stands following his touchline ban.
“I am really pleased for Ollie Watkins, it always weighs on forward’s minds [not scoring for a while] and it was nice to get an early goal for himself. Really pleased, solid performance at 2-0 and another clean sheet at home.”
In their last eight games, Newcastle, who scored only once, lacked the kind of confidence in front of the goal that Villa showed in doubling their lead.
Source: Daily Mail