Lascelles rescues Newcastle with late equaliser against Villa

Jamaal Lascelles struck deep into added time to cancel out an 86th-minute own goal by Ciaran Clarke.

Late strike: Jamaal Lascelles (left) celebrates after scoring his goal.   -  AP

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles struck deep into added time to cancel out an 86th-minute own goal by defender Ciaran Clarke and secure a barely deserved 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa in their Premier League clash on Friday.

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After a game that had plenty of industry but precious little quality, Newcastle substitute Jacob Murphy came close to giving the home side the lead as he smacked a right-foot shot off the crossbar in the 83rd minute. It was to prove a costly miss as Villa striker Ollie Watkins latched onto a Matt Targett cross three minutes later and his header deflected off Clarke into the net.

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Lascelles then popped up to head home in the fourth minute of stoppage time to grab a point that leaves Newcastle in 16th spot on 28 points from 28 games, two points above the relegation zone. Villa is ninth on 41 points from 27 matches.