Eric Black's men held the Magpies to a 0-0 draw at Villa Park to end a run of 11 straight defeats.
Mark Bunn 6.5/10 – Made a smart save from Georgino Wijnaldum with 19 minutes left but didn’t have much else to do on the afternoon.
Leandro Bacuna 6.5/10 – While bizarre to see him at centre-back, the versatile Dutchman didn’t do a lot wrong during the 90 minutes. That didn’t stop fans from booing him from start to finish, though.
Ciaran Clark 7.5/10 – The Republic of Ireland international showed how valuable he can be to Villa next season with a strong showing, making two tackles, seven clearances a match-leading six interceptions and one last-gasp block.
Joleon Lescott 7/10 – A big improvement on some of his recent performances but it comes too little, too late.
Alan Hutton 7/10 – Villa’s best attacking outlet for most of the match, although his crossing left a lot to be desired.
Kevin Toner 7/10 – Used as a left wing-back, the Irish centre-half did an excellent job of keeping Andros Townsend quiet. A bright future in claret and blue awaits him.
Carlos Sanchez 7/10 – Shielded the defence well and completed 51 of 58 passes to help keep the midfield ticking over.
Ashley Westwood 7/10 – Always in good positions for the pass and constantly looked to move the ball forward. Has been Villa’s most impressive performer during the run-in after taking a lot of criticism over the course of the season.
Idrissa Gana 7/10 – Put in his usual workmanlike shift in the centre of the park, recording another eight tackles to take his season total to an impressive 142.
Jordan Ayew 7/10 – Worked his socks off all game without reward. Hard to see how the club will be able to hold onto him during the summer.
Scott Sinclair 6/10 – Looked threatening at times but lacked end product.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Sinclair 90) N/A – A brief cameo for the teenage striker.