Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder is our chief sports writer and covers Newcastle United, including the first team, reserves and Academy. He has been with us since 2005.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring against Wolves at Molineux

Aleksandar Mitrovic: I feel responsible for Newcastle's relegation - but I'll make up for it

Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is ready to lead the line as United's season hits crunch time in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race

How a win over Bristol City really kicked off Newcastle United's Rafaultion

Newcastle United had struggled terribly to pick up points on the road but all of that changed at Bristol City

Rolando Aarons and Daryl Murphy

Rolando Aarons expected to make return to action THIS term - here's when he'll be back

Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons eyeing earlier return than he first anticipated following successful rehab in Italy

Rafa Benitez has told his players to forget about crunch Championship games - for now

Newcastle face a home clash with Bristol City at the weekend and Benitez is looking no further than the encounter at St James' Park

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa: Read Lee Ryder's player ratings from clash at St James' Park

The Magpies tackled Villa hoping for some revenge after effectively being sent down by the second city club last season

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Dwight Gayle during the Sky Bet Championship match at St James' Park, Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez offers update on Dwight Gayle injury - here's how long he could be out for

Newcastle striker could miss game with Bristol City and trip to Brighton as has hamstring problem assessed

Yoan Gouffran of Newcastle United (20) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston VIlla at St.James' Park on February 14, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa match report: Rafa's revenge - Lansbury made to pay as United go top

Newcastle United went into this match against Aston Villa knowing this could be the last time they'll see them for some time

Newcastle vs Aston Villa team news: Dwight Gayle gets the nod to start against Steve Bruce's side

Magpies fans delighted to see Dwight Gayle start in crucial clash with the Villans at St James' Park tonight

Newcastle United fans at Aston Villa

Newcastle vs Aston Villa prediction: Why Magpies could have the last laugh over Villa fans

After being sent down by Aston Villa in 2009 and 2016, Newcastle United fans could be saying farewell to second city side this week

Newcastle United's Yoan Gouffran celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at St James' Park, Newcastle. live

Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa RECAP: NUFC go top again - all the reaction

Live updates, team news, reaction and analysis as Newcastle United look to regain their place at the top of the

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