Steve Bruce was hit by friendly fire as Aston Villa substitute Ahmed Elmohamady denied Newcastle victory at St James' Park.
The Egypt international, signed three times by Bruce during his spells in charge at Sunderland, Hull and Villa, came off the bench to force a 1-1 draw on Tyneside and keep his club's Premier League survival hopes alive.
Bruce said with a smile:
Elmohamady's intervention did him little harm as he attempts to persuade Dean Smith that he has a role to play in his starting line-up.
The Villa boss said: