Cisse scores to give Newcastle win, pressure increases on struggling Villa

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NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Papiss Cisse's 11th goal of the season handed Newcastle its first home win of 2015 and plunged Aston Villa deeper into Premier League relegation trouble on Saturday.

The Senegal international's assured 37th-minute finish, which came against the run of play at St James' Park, was enough to secure a 1-0 victory — just the second win for head coach John Carver.

However, Villa dominated the game for long periods and forced 'keeper Tim Krul into two vital saves.

But when the final whistle sounded, it was the mid-table Magpies who emerged with the points as the visitors slipped to a seventh successive league defeat