Aston Villa welcomed Newcastle United in Week 24 of the English Premier League, but once again performed multifariously in front of the home crowd, as the Magpies came out on top with goals from Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye proving to be too much for the Villans.
Newcastle started the match brightly, dominating possession and creating several chances before a neat through ball from Moussa Sissoko found Cisse on the edge of the box. As expected, the Newcastle forward had no problems finishing off the clear-cut chance he was given.
Aston Villa, although outplayed, didn't give up.
Minutes later, the ball came off from Christian Benteke into the path of Charles N'Zogbia, who struck a powerful left-footed volley towards the goal. With the goalkeeper already beaten, the ball rattled the post.
Luck wasn't on their side.
Thirty minutes into the match, Yohan Cabaye scored a 25-yard screamer to put Newcastle 2-0 up.
At halftime, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert made two substitutions, bringing in Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann in place of the anonymous Joseph Bennett and Darren Bent.
Only four minutes after the start of the second half, the Villans were awarded a harsh penalty, which was dully converted by Christian Benteke.
The home side put in a spirited performance, dominating the proceedings later on, but were eventually unable to find the all-important equaliser, as the match ended in a disappointing 2-1 loss.
Here's what we have learned from a typical game of two halves.