Wednesday January 5, 2011 Day 22 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 0 - 1 Sunderland

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  1. Sunderland win at Villa

    Sunderland win at Villa

    A Phil Bardsley thunderbolt was enough to give 10-man Sunderland a hard-fought 1-0 Premier League victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park. More

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    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Sunderland
    • 90' Full-time: Aston Villa 0-1 Sunderland
    • 90+4' Sunderland could hit Villa on the break as they push forward, but Gyan judges his run poorly. Moments later, Gordon tips the ball over the bar and Collins' header is too high from the resulting corner.
    • 90+3' Richard Dunne strays offside as Villa drive forward, but again the final ball is lacking and Craig Gordon has little to do in the Sunderland goal.
    • 90' Villa have 5 minutes of stoppage time to try and salvage an equaliser from the game
    • 90' Appeals for handball against Bramble in the Sunderland box with Agbonlahor looking to win the ball, but nothing given
    • 89' Villa subs: Albrighton and Bannan on for Reo-Coker and Petrov
    • 88' What a miss from Asamoah Gyan to wrap up the match for the visitors! The Sunderland striker is clean through and onside but manages to put the ball wide when one-on-one against Brad Friedel. He should of at least got it on target and tested Friedel.
    • 86' Boudewijn Zenden receives his second booking of the match and that means a red after coming in late on Stylian Petrov.
    • 84' Final Sunderland sub: Cristian Riveros is coming on for the injured Welbeck
    • 83' Danny Welbeck is strecthed off for Sunderland with what looks like a pulled hamstring
    • 82' Zenden's free-kick is poor and fails to beat the Villa wall. Instead the ball rebounds out to Phil Bardsley, who drills it from just outside the area past Brad Friedel, nestling into the bottom corner of the Villa goal. Unstoppable.
    • 80' GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND! ASTON VILLA 0-1 SUNDERLAND (Phil Bardsley)
    • 80' Richard Dunne is booked for a poor challenge and Sunderland have a free-kick in an inviting position.
    • 79' Elmohamady flashes a low cross through the Villa box, but neither Bent or Welbeck can get anything on it to convert.
    • 78' Ciaran Clark pulls the ball back on the Sunderland byline following a deep Young cross, but Dunne's effort is comfortably collected by Gordon. Moments later, Gyan blazes over for Sunderland.
    • 75' Sunderland's poor away form seems to be looming large, as they have so far failed to capitalise on having the extra man.
    • 71' 10-man Villa are now under increasing Sunderland pressure, but Zenden's corner evades every Black Cats player on its way out for a Villa goal-kick
    • 69' Tempers are starting to flare, as Gyan goes down and Villa play on. Henderson tells Heskey to kick the ball out of play, and as the Sunderland midfielder approaches, the Villa striker pushes him in the face. The referee has only one option and, by the letter of the law, Heskey is sent off.
    • 66' Villa starting to pen Sunderland back, following the Black Cats early flurries at the start of this second-half.
    • 64' Nice link-up play from Villa as Clark plays the ball to Young, who links a one-two with Heskey, but the ball back into the England striker, who makes his way into the Sunderland box, is poor.
    • 62' Ashley Young strikes the free-kick, blazing it well over Gordon's crossbar
    • 61' Booking for Zenden who clips the heels of Heskey, as the striker runs through the centre. Free-kick opportunity from 20 yards out for Villa
    • 59' Sunderland's Darren Bent holds up the ball well, before laying it off for Welbeck who strikes first-time, low and into the hands of Brad Friedel
    • 58' Villa counter and Ashley Young darts down the right flank, before cutting in and testing the palms of Gordon at his near post
    • 56' Second Sunderland sub and its an attacking one: Asamoah Gyan on for Malbranque
    • 55' Sunderland getting into their stride, as a Malbranque strike flies towards the bottom corner of the Villa goal, until Cuellar sticks out a boot to deflect it wide at the expense of a corner.
    • 54' Big chance for Sunderland. A long-ball from Bramble finds Darren Bent who turns Collins and shoots past Brad Friedel. However, Collins is able to recover in time to slide in and clear the ball from the goalline
    • 53' Agbonlahor finds Downing with a great cross from the Villa left, but the winger cannot direct his effort at goal. Moments later, Bramble expertly challenges Heskey in the air for the ball and that allowsd Sunderland to clear.
    • 51' Elmohamady floats in a cross from the right, which Collins gets a head to, but can only direct it into the path of Darren Bent. The Sunderland striker heads the ball onto Malbranque, but he strikes over when under pressure from the Villa defence.
    • 48' Looks like we've continued from where we left off at the end of the first half. Very subdued atmosphere at Villa Park, and not much for the fans to get excited about on the field.
    • 46' Aston Villa get us underway for the second half. No changes for either side at half-time.
    • 45' Half-time: Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland
    • 45+5' Another Young long-ball falls to Collins but he cannot get anything on it to trouble Sunderland's Craig Gordon
    • 45+4' Sunderland win a corner as Friedel is unable to keep a backwards header from Dunne away from the goalline. But yet more poor set-piece deliveries from Henderson and Sunderland ensure that Villa are not troubled.
    • 45+2' James Collins is booked for a late tackle on Welbeck. Fourth yellow of the game so far.
    • 45' By the way, there are five minutes of injury time added to the end of this half.
    • 45' Villa's Ashley Young expertly cuts the ball back from the right flank for Heskey. The big striker gets power behind his header but diverts it wide. Not as easy as his chance moments earlier, but still should have done better.
    • 44' Villa pressing as we approach half-time, but yet more poor deliveries into the Sunderland box by Messrs Young and Downing
    • 42' Yellow card for Titus Bramble who pulls at Heskey's shirt. The resulting free-kick from Villa is headed clear by the visitors.
    • 42' Downing robs Zenden of the ball on the Sunderland goalline and the winger's pull-back is perfrect for Heskey to score but... he somehow manages to hit the crossbar from a couple of yards out. It was easier to score
    • 39' Sunderland forced into an early substitution with the stricken Meyler to be replaced by Boudewijn Zenden. Standing ovation for Meyler at Villa Park
    • 37' David Meyler goes down in a heap, after his knee buckles when turning sharply. Terrible for the Sunderland midfielder who has been dogged with injury. And the stretcher is on...
    • 35' Darren Bent is flagged offside after taking his time to track back during a Sunderland attack
    • 33' Clark sloppily gives the ball to Sunderland's David Meyler, who tries to thread it through to Bent, but instead wins a corner. From Henderson's delivery, Clark appears to put a hand to the ball in the box, but no penalty is given for Sunderland. Bit of a let off there for the home side.
    • 31' Elmohamady crosses from the Sunderland right, but Friedel in the Villa goal gathers comfortably under little pressure.
    • 30' Yellow card for Ciaran Clark after the Villa player hauls down Jordan Henderson
    • 29' Downing plays a delightful pass into Stiliyan Petrov, who had the opportunity to turn-and-shoot, but instead opts for one extra pass and the chance goes begging for Villa
    • 27' Villa win a corner, after Bardsley expertly tackles Heskey running through on goal. The delivery is deep towards Richard Dunne, who heads back into the box, and Heskey's additional flick-on is eventually smothered by Gordon, who wins the free-kick when collecting the ball, in the Sunderland goal.
    • 25' Danny Welbeck attempts to get past several Villa players, but James Collins stops the Sunderland striker in his tracks
    • 23' The game continues to swing back and forward between both teams, but without Brad Friedel or Craig Gordon having to make a save of note so far in either goal.
    • 22' Richardson attempts a shot at goal out on the Sunderland left, but the winger slices the ball horribly wide. A bit selfish there, because he had options to cross to several teammates making their way into the Villa box.
    • 21' Chance for Villa. Reo-Coker moves through the middle of the park, eventually feeding a clever through-ball to Young, but the Villa winger fails to get the ball out of his feet to create the shooting opportunity.
    • 20' Sunderland controlling possession at the moment, that was until Elmohamady over-runs the ball down the Villa left flank.
    • 17' A few sloppy passes are being played by both teams now. Downing and Cuellar guilty of giving possession away to Sunderland, and Bent doing likewise for the benefit of Villa.
    • 15' Young and Cuellar team up down the Sunderland right flank, but the ball eventually played into Agbonlahor, who is positioned in the box, is too strong for the Villa striker to control.
    • 13' ... but Titus Bramble drags his effort wide from the looped delivery. Sunderland beginning to crank up the pressure, but Villa seem to be well marshalled in defence.
    • 12' The game is becoming more open. Nigel Reo-Coker attempts to lead a counter-attack from a poor Sunderland corner. Moments later, Ahmed Elmohamady wins a corner for the visitors...
    • 11' Sunderland's Phil Bardsley swings in the ball from the right, but his delivery is headed out for a corner by Cuellar and away from the encoraching Darren Bent.
    • 9' A looping Downing cross from the right is palmed away by Craig Gordon, at the expense of a corner for Villa. From that set-piece, Gabby Agbonlahor flicks the ball on, but it travels harmlessly wide. Good, early attacking signs from the hosts though.
    • 8' Downing's free-kick is straight into the Sunderland wall and his follow-up fails to bear fruit for Villa.
    • 7' Richardson cynically brings down Emile Heskey about 20 yards out from the Sunderland goal and earns himself a yellow card. Early free-kick chance for Villa this.
    • 6' Ciaran Clark crosses from the Villa left, but Stewart Downing's header is off-balance. Moments later, Ashley Young keeps the pressure up on Sunderland with some trickery deep in Black Cats territory, but the away side clear their lines.
    • 4' Definitely not a sell-out at Villa park tonight...
    • 3' Early chance for Sunderland. Carlos Cuellar misjudges a cross from the right, but Steed Malbranque sends his header tamely wide.
    • 1' And it is Sunderland who get the game underway kicking from right to left
    • 19:43 And both teams are now making their way out onto the hallowed Villa Park turf...
    • 19:40 And just one extra point to mention that in today's current trend for squad rotation (particularly with Steve Bruce disgusted that teams had to play five games over 13 days during the festive period), both managers have decided to buck the trend and stick with unchanged line-ups, accrued from their positive results over the weekend, for tonight's match.
    • 19:37 Steve Bruce has arguably a better record against Aston Villa - his teams have been unbeaten in their last three Premier League vists to Villa Park - but he has only managed to win one of his last five matches against tonight's hosts: that being Sunderland's 1-0 home victory earlier in the season. While the Black Cats have largely struggled on the road, more ominuous is the fact that Sunderland have only ever won once in a total of 13 visits to the city of Birmingham.
    • 19:32 For Villa manager Gerard Houllier, this game will represent a chance to bring to an end a recent personal losing streak against Sunderland, with the Frenchman suffering defeats in his last two managerial appearances when taking on tonight's opponents. Worse for Villa as a whole, though, is the fact that they have conceded in each of their last five matches at Villa Park - a total of 10 goals.
    • 19:30 Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole faces a month on the sidelines with a back problem, while Nedum Onuoha also misses out with a hamstring complaint. Asamoah Gyan and Ahmed Elmohamady are only fit enough for the Black Cats bench having respectively suffered from toe and head injuries.
    • 19:25 Aston Villa's Gabby Agbonlahor is fit to partner Emile Heskey in attack after shrugging off a sore groin sustained in the 3-3 draw at Chelsea on sunday. But Luke Young and Fabian Delph are still out with knee injuries.
    • 19:20 Team News... Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Clark, Ashley Young, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor, Heskey. Subs: Marshall, Pires, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Bannan, Lichaj, Herd. Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Bramble, Richardson, Elmohamady, Meyler, Henderson, Malbranque, Welbeck, Bent. Subs: Mignolet, Zenden, Angeleri, Da Silva, Riveros, Gyan, Adams. Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
    • 19:15 Steve Bruce's men will be buoyed, however, by the desire to record a first league double over Villa for 28 years, having dispatched of the hosts 1-0 at The Stadium of Light earlier in the season. Richard Dunne turning the ball into his own net to give Sunderland victory in that October fixture.
    • 19:10 The Villans face a Sunderland side who are in fine form having defeated Blackburn 3-0 on New Year's Day, climbing up to 6th in the table in the process. A daunting prospect for Villa tonight then? Well the Black Cats are not good travellers, having recorded only one win all season - that being an emphatic 3-0 victory away to Chelsea back in November
    • 19:05 Villa will be looking to build on their courageous display from Sunday where they held Chelsea in a 3-3 thriller at Stamford Bridge. And Gerard Houllier's men certainly need all three points tonight - the Midlands club currently sit one point above the drop zone in 17th place.
    • 19:00 Hello and welcome to live text coverage of tonight's Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Sunderland
  • Summary

    • 90+4' Sunderland could hit Villa on the break as they push forward, but Gyan judges his run poorly. Moments later, Gordon tips the ball over the bar and Collins' header is too high from the resulting corner.
    • 88' What a miss from Asamoah Gyan to wrap up the match for the visitors! The Sunderland striker is clean through and onside but manages to put the ball wide when one-on-one against Brad Friedel. He should of at least got it on target and tested Friedel.
    • 86' Boudewijn Zenden receives his second booking of the match and that means a red after coming in late on Stylian Petrov.
    • 80' GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND! ASTON VILLA 0-1 SUNDERLAND (Phil Bardsley)
    • 78' Ciaran Clark pulls the ball back on the Sunderland byline following a deep Young cross, but Dunne's effort is comfortably collected by Gordon. Moments later, Gyan blazes over for Sunderland.
    • 69' Tempers are starting to flare, as Gyan goes down and Villa play on. Henderson tells Heskey to kick the ball out of play, and as the Sunderland midfielder approaches, the Villa striker pushes him in the face. The referee has only one option and, by the letter of the law, Heskey is sent off.
    • 55' Sunderland getting into their stride, as a Malbranque strike flies towards the bottom corner of the Villa goal, until Cuellar sticks out a boot to deflect it wide at the expense of a corner.
    • 54' Big chance for Sunderland. A long-ball from Bramble finds Darren Bent who turns Collins and shoots past Brad Friedel. However, Collins is able to recover in time to slide in and clear the ball from the goalline
    • 45' Villa's Ashley Young expertly cuts the ball back from the right flank for Heskey. The big striker gets power behind his header but diverts it wide. Not as easy as his chance moments earlier, but still should have done better.
    • 42' Downing robs Zenden of the ball on the Sunderland goalline and the winger's pull-back is perfrect for Heskey to score but... he somehow manages to hit the crossbar from a couple of yards out. It was easier to score
    • 33' Clark sloppily gives the ball to Sunderland's David Meyler, who tries to thread it through to Bent, but instead wins a corner. From Henderson's delivery, Clark appears to put a hand to the ball in the box, but no penalty is given for Sunderland. Bit of a let off there for the home side.
    • 27' Villa win a corner, after Bardsley expertly tackles Heskey running through on goal. The delivery is deep towards Richard Dunne, who heads back into the box, and Heskey's additional flick-on is eventually smothered by Gordon, who wins the free-kick when collecting the ball, in the Sunderland goal.
    • 21' Chance for Villa. Reo-Coker moves through the middle of the park, eventually feeding a clever through-ball to Young, but the Villa winger fails to get the ball out of his feet to create the shooting opportunity.
    • 9' A looping Downing cross from the right is palmed away by Craig Gordon, at the expense of a corner for Villa. From that set-piece, Gabby Agbonlahor flicks the ball on, but it travels harmlessly wide. Good, early attacking signs from the hosts though.
    • 19:20 Team News... Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Clark, Ashley Young, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor, Heskey. Subs: Marshall, Pires, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Bannan, Lichaj, Herd. Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Bramble, Richardson, Elmohamady, Meyler, Henderson, Malbranque, Welbeck, Bent. Subs: Mignolet, Zenden, Angeleri, Da Silva, Riveros, Gyan, Adams. Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • C. Cuéllar
      • J. Collins Yellow Card
      • R. Dunne Yellow Card
      • C. Clark Yellow Card
      • S. Petrov Substitution Out (88′)
      • N. Reo-Coker Substitution Out (88′)
      • S. Downing
      • A. Young
      • G. Agbonlahor
      • E. Heskey Red Card

      Subs

      • R. Pires
      • A. Marshall
      • N. Delfouneso
      • M. Albrighton Substitution In88′
      • E. Lichaj
      • C. Herd
      • B. Bannan Substitution In88′
    • Starting line-up

      • C. Gordon
      • P. Bardsley Goal
      • T. Bramble Yellow Card
      • A. Ferdinand
      • K. Richardson Yellow Card
      • J. Henderson
      • D. Meyler Substitution Out (39′)
      • A. Al-Muhamadi
      • S. Malbranque Substitution Out (55′)
      • D. Bent
      • D. Welbeck Substitution Out (83′)

      Subs

      • A. Gyan Substitution In55′
      • M. Angeleri
      • C. Riveros Substitution In83′
      • P. da Silva
      • S. Mignolet
      • B. Zenden Substitution In39′ Red Card
      • B. Adams
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