Unless something happens in the final days of the transfer window, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has to work out a way to get his forwards firing. They failed to register a shot on target in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Newcastle and desperately lack firepower in the absence of Christian Benteke.
Lambert has been loyal to two of those forwards, Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann, for the entirety of his time at Villa. That loyalty should be questioned and as the manager continues to persist wi...
Newcastle at least troubled Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan during the stalemate in the second city as they continued to make small steps as far as progress is concerned at the start of a new season.
Against Paul Lambert's side they managed their first shot on target, first point and first clean sheet. Those were the positives during a nervy 90 minutes between two clubs that would take a place in the top 10 very gratefully in the months ahead.