Half-Time Report: Aston Villa, Newcastle United level at interval

Aston Villa and Newcastle United play out an entertaining goalless half of Premier League football at Villa Park.

Aston Villa and Newcastle United have played out a goalless first 45 minutes in this afternoon's Premier League clash.

An end-to-end opening 10 minutes brought few clear opportunities for either side, but the first serious sight of goal fell to Villa, with Charles N'Zogbia heading over the crossbar from a difficult angle.

Fabian Delph of Aston Villa challenges Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on August 23, 2014© Getty Images

Yoan Gouffran had a fine opportunity for Newcastle two minutes later, but the Frenchman could not direct his effort towards goal having found space at the far post.

N'Zogbia again came close for Villa after 18 minutes, but his free kick just whistled wide of Tim Krul's post.

Remy Cabella was next to come close for Newcastle after finding space inside the Villa box, but the attacker could not sort out his feet in time and rolled his low strike wide of the post.

Fabian Delph whistled one over the crossbar for Villa on the 30-minute mark, before Emmanuel Riviere found the gloves of Villa stopper Brad Guzan down the other end of the field.

Both sides committed numbers forward in the latter stages of the first period, but could not make the breakthrough as the first half ended on terms.

Emmanuel Riviere (C) of Newcastle celebrates his goal with team mates during the Pre Season Friendly match against Huddersfield Town on August 5, 2014
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