MIKE Williamson was sent off as Newcastle United claimed their first point of the season at Villa Park this afternoon.
Alan Pardew’s side and Aston Villa played out a goalless draw in the Premier League’s early kick-off.
The game saw summer signing Siem de Jong make his United debut.
But de Jong – who came off the bench – couldn’t inspire Newcastle, yet to score a league goal this season, to victory.
And United manager Alan Pardew will be without defender Williamson for Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup tie at Gillingham.
The defender, dismissed for two bookable offences, will miss the game through suspension.
Villa had the better of the early chances, with Williamson blocking an early shot from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Charles N’Zogbia put a header on to the roof of the net, and the former Newcastle winger was also inches wide with an 18th-minute free-kick after Jack Colback brought down Ashley Westwood 25 yards from goal.
Villa, and in particular the over-lapping Aly Cissokho, were pressuring United down their right side.
Newcastle’s Remy Cabella dragged one shot wide of Brad Guzan’s goal. Yoan Gouffran had earlier failed to connect with a Cabella corner which had been flicked on by defender Daryl Janmaat.
Janmaat blocked an effort from Andreas Weimann, and the half ended goalless.
Pardew sent out an unchanged side for the second half, and Janmaat himself had a chance in the 51st minute, the Holland international forcing a good reaction save from Guzan with a header after Williamson had nodded the ball to him.
Janmaat wasn’t far away with a left-footed effort struck from just inside the box.
The game opened up, and Pardew handed de Jong his debut in the 70th minute. Vurnon Anita made way for de Jong, who had missed the club’s opening game with a calf injury.
Ayoze Perez followed de Jong on to the field – he replaced Emmanuel Riviere – and de Jong tested Guzan two minutes from time with a fierce shot.
Williamson, booked for a foul on substitute Darren Bent minutes earlier, crudely stopped Fabien Delph’s run towards goal late in the game.
ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Hutton, Senderos, Vlaar, Cissokho (Baker, 83), Westwood, Delph, Richardson (Bent, 76), Weimann, N’Zogbia (Sanchez, 63), Agbonlahor. Subs not used: Given, Bacuna, Cole, Grealish.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett; Anita (de Jong, 90), Colback; Gouffran, Sissoko, Cabella; Riviere (Perez, 77, S Taylor, 90). Subs not used: Elliot, Haidara, Abeid, Obertan.
Bookings: N’Zogbia 50, Senderos 67, Weimann 68, Williamson 86
Sent off: Williamson 90
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)