Villa reverse confirms Toon relegation

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Newcastle's 16-year spell in the Barclays Premier League came to an end as a Damien Duff own goal doomed them to a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

Duff deflected a 38th-minute shot from Villa's stand-in skipper Gareth Barry past his own 'keeper Steve Harper to seal Newcastle's fate.

It meant that Magpies legend Alan Shearer had failed to work the miracle he was brought in to try and achieve with eight games remaining.

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Steve Harper
Gareth Barry
Premier League
Newcastle United
Alan Shearer
Damien Duff
Aston Villa

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