Rafa Benitez on the 'positives and negatives' of Newcastle's performance at Villa

Jonjo Shelvey, right
Jonjo Shelvey, right

Rafa Benitez was left frustrated after Newcastle United "dominated" the game at Villa Park – but left with just one point.

A late equaliser saw Aston Villa hold Rafa Benitez's side to a 1-1 draw in the Championship tonight.

An own goal from home captain Tommy Elphick had given Newcastle a 28th-minute lead.

But United, driven on by Jonjo Shelvey in midfield, knew they should have gone into the break with more than a one-goal advantage.

Villa levelled through an 88th-minute header from substituted Aaron Tshibola after a sustained spell of pressure in front of the Holte End.

And Newcastle manager Benitez said: "(Roberto) Di Matteo will have another vision of the second half, but the first half we were so dominant that we could finish the game and then we would be sat here talking about another thing.

“But that is football, you have to take your chances.

“We had to defend better second half, but you have to give credit to them.

“The positives for our team were in the first half, and the negatives were in the second as we allowed them to stay in the game.

“We shouldn’t have given them so many half-chances. It’s a problem for us, because we had to defend throw-ins and corners. There were too many situations where the ball was around our box and not theirs.”

The result has left United fifth in the table ahead of Wednesday night's home game against new league leaders Norwich City.