Bruce reacts to Newcastle United's draw with Aston Villa

Rescue act Elmohamady celebrates

Ahmed Elmohamady leveller at Newcastle is a timely lift for Aston Villa by Dave Filmer Published

The 29-year-old striker fired Newcastle to within seven minutes of securing victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday evening with his first Premier League goal since May 2018, a season-long loan at West Brom and a succession of niggling injuries having prevented him from doing so sooner.

Newcastle finally started to make an impression as the half ran down with Ritchie forcing a 34th-minute block from Douglas Luiz after Jonjo Shelvey and Allan Saint-Maximin had linked up, and defender Tyrone Mings had to be just as resilient four minutes later to repel Joelinton's strike.

"The boys have been fantastic over the last few weeks, they've looked a real threat".

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As well as bringing Elmohamady to Aston Villa, Bruce was the manager who brought him to English football at Sunderland before signing him again at Hull, where they enjoyed several seasons in the Premier League together.

Nevertheless, they will head into Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final showdown with Manchester City knowing their top-flight status is all but mathematically assured having reached 39 points with seven games to play.

A statement confirming another 12 months for Carroll, who rejoined his former club on an incentivised deal last summer, and four years for Manquillo, said: "Newcastle United have agreed new contracts with Javier Manquillo and Andy Carroll".

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Steve Bruce's side will be disappointed to have dropped two points at home.

Bruce said with a smile: "I should have left him in Egypt".

The Brazilian, who has deputised at centre-back for most of the season, is beginning a two-match ban, but defender John Stones will be assessed after a foot injury.

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