Newcastle United thrashed Aston Villa 4-0 at St James’ Park on Saturday, and interim manager Aaron Danks was full of praise for Eddie Howe’s team.
As Aston Villa’s interim manager paid praise to the Magpies after their 4-0 loss, Aaron Danks revealed that he had “a lot of respect” for what Newcastle United is accomplishing.
Villa went out on Saturday to frustrate Newcastle at St James’ Park, and to be fair to the visitors, they accomplished exactly that in the first half. Danks’ team upended the game, frightening Newcastle players, staff, and fans alike.
After Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia were both treated, ten minutes of stoppage time were added at the conclusion of the first half, and Newcastle broke the stalemate deep into extra time when Callum Wilson scored from the penalty spot. After the halftime, Newcastle swept Villa away, with Wilson, Joelinton, and Miguel Almiron scoring three goals in 11 frantic minutes.
On an afternoon where Villa failed to even have a shot on target or get a corner kick, it could and should have been much more – Newcastle also struck the crossbar twice. Clearly, incoming Villa boss Unai Emery has a difficult task ahead of him, but Danks believes the visitors may draw inspiration from Newcastle’s resurgence over the previous year in his last game as caretaker manager.
“Listen, I have a lot of respect for what this club is accomplishing,” he told reporters after the game. “As I go around the facility, I see a lot of wonderful individuals working here, all pushing and trying to bring Newcastle to where they want to be.”
“We’re not any different. That is what we desire. We want to flip that corner and be talked about in the same manner.”
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