Tuesday December 15, 2009 Day 17 Finished Stadium of Light

Sunderland 0 - 2 Aston Villa

  • Heskey 24’
  • Milner 61’

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  1. Wearside win sends Villa third

    Wearside win sends Villa third

    Aston Villa moved back up to third place in the Premier League with a convincing 2-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Sunderland
    • Aston Villa
    • 90+5' The final whistle goes and it's a convincing victory for Villa, while Sunderland have picked up just one home point from a possible six in the past four days. Villa now move back up to third in the Premier League table.
    • 90+2' Steve Sidwell replaces Agbonlahor as O'Neill runs the clock down.
    • 90+1' Sunderland come forward again and Reid pings a ball to the near post for BARDSLEY... the header is glanced wide of the target.
    • 90' Reid juggles the ball on the edge of the box but his eventual shot is blocked behind for a corner. The ball is back in the Sunderland half soon enough.
    • 89' Luke Young nobbles Reid by the touchline and then unleashes a string of expletives at the Irishman! The referee does not hesitiate in booking for the foul.
    • 88' Reid slips a ball up for Bardsley to chase. Yep, it looks as though Phil Bardsley is playing up front.
    • 85' There are plenty of empty seats in the ground now, as Sunderland fans set off out into the rain.
    • 84' Cattermole tries to find Richardson with a ball over the top, but it's no trouble for Cuellar.
    • 82' Steve Bruce has seen Turner struggling, and brings him off for John Mensah. He also takes the chance to swap Jones for Phil Bardsley.
    • 81' The cries of 'Ole' have started from the away section as Villa casually knock the ball around the midfield.
    • 80' It's Downing again, but this time the shot clips the wall and goes behind for a corner, which Sunderland clear.
    • 79' Villa have a free-kick from a similar position to where Downing hit the bar from in the first half...
    • 78' CANA SENT OFF! The Sunderland captain is shown a second yellow for a dangerous sliding tackle on Milner! To be honest, some referee's might have given a straight red for it.
    • 77' Reid curls a left-footed effort safely over Friedel's goal.
    • 77' Jones wins a corner, but neither he nor Turner can steer a header on target from Reid's delivery.
    • 76' Heskey rises to send a header wide.
    • 75' Michael Turner looks in pain following a tough tackle on Heskey. He's stepping a little gingerly at the moment.
    • 74' Jones finds Bent with the flick-on but the striker's pass puts Reid in trouble and Villa clear their lines.
    • 73' Nosworthy sends in a diagonal ball that is headed back for Cana to VOLLEY... wide of the target but a solid strike from the Frenchman.
    • 71' Applause rings round the Stadium of Light as Lee Cattermole replaces Henderson for his first appearance since mid-October - the beach ball-assisted win over Liverpool in fact.
    • 70' Jones wins another corenr for Sunderland, but they're not having much joy from set pieces this evening. So it proves once more.
    • 69' Ashley Young skips down the wing and dinks a ball across that's over Heskey's head.
    • 68' Milner fouls McCartney with a late sliding tackle and picks up a booking.
    • 67' Steve Bruce cuts a dejected figure as he stands alone in the rain.
    • 65' Swift break from Sunderland here and Reid feeds McCartney out wide. It's a decent ball in for JONES... the low cross is intercepted with a perfectly-timed slide in from Dunne!
    • 64' Luke Young does enough to put Reid off his stride, but Sunderland have a throw. From it Reid crosses for JONES... over the bar! This time Jones got the better of Cuellar, but the Spaniard still did enough to put him off his effort.
    • 62' That's Milner's fourth league strike of the season. Depending on your views about the lob he scored against Hull, that is arguably his best of the lot.
    • 61' GOAL!! Great individual effort from Milner! Sunderland lose possession from a defensive throw-in and Milner fights off Richardson before blasting an unstoppable strike right into the top corner from outside the box! Are you watching Fabio?
    • 60' This match is heating up nicely as we hit the hour mark.
    • 58' Another dead ball for Sunderland on the left. There are plenty of red and white shirts in the box. Cana's header comes off a defender and they have a corner. The Wearside crowd are making themselves heard now.
    • 57' Villa break forward. Heskey slips Young in and the winger is onside. He comes forward and smashes a strike against the outside of the post!
    • 57' Reid swings in the ball to the far post for Richardson. The ball gets stuck under his feet and by the time he digs out a shot it's been charged down. If anything his control was too good there!
    • 56' Luke Young looks mystified as he is penalised for a foul deep on the left wing.
    • 55' McCartney sends a high ball forward for Jones but again Cuellar is there first.
    • 54' Good spell of pressure from Villa, and Heskey fires over from inside the box.
    • 52' Reid hauls down young and Villa have a dead ball opportunity here, from here the right corner flag. Downing's delivery is a good one but Sunderland clear.
    • 51' Agbonlahor looks to have the beating of da Silva for once but the Paraguayan gets a helping hand from a team-mate.
    • 51' Play continues, and Heskey rejoins the game.
    • 50' Heskey has gone down after what looked an innocuous clash in midfield. He is holding his ankle and looks in pain.
    • 49' Long ball up for Bent and the striker heads it into the path of REID... fired wide on the half-volley! The Irishman should have at least tested Friedel from there.
    • 48' Downing is unable to keep the ball in play after his cross rebounds back into his path.
    • 47' Cana floats a ball into the Villa box but it's meat and drink to Dunne. Sunderland build again though, and Bent has a strike on the edge of the area blocked.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+3' The whistle goes, and it's Heskey's second league goal of the season that is the difference at the end of an entertaining first half.
    • 45+2' Jones is livid that a throw-in decision goes against him by the Villa corner flag. He's got a point.
    • 45+1' Young's delivery curls into the arms of Fulop.
    • 45' Bent impedes Petrov and Villa have a free-kick on the left.
    • 44' Luke Young concedes a free-kick on the left wing. The delivery is headed back across across goal by Bent and it is cleared as far as Henderson... once more volleyed wide.
    • 42' Nosworthy intercepts Warnock's pass to Young and Sunderland come forward. Bent wins a free-kick which is taken quickly, but Nosworthy's ball is hard for Jones to reach.
    • 41' Another deadly ball from Reid is headed back into the path of Richardson... the volleyed effort skews wide of the target.
    • 40' Reid floats an inviting ball forward that's just too high for Jones.
    • 39' Petrov and Heskey almost combine to deadly effect but the Bulgarian is robbed of the ball as he is about to strike.
    • 38' Heskey tries to feed Agbonlahor but the duo are not on the same wavelngth. Sunderland's break is snuffed out and now Villa attack. It's end-to-end stuff.
    • 37' Great play by Henderson sees him chip a ball across the face of goal and it comes to REID... saved from close range by Friedel!
    • 36' Sunderland's corner makes it all the way back to Fulop in no time.
    • 36' Good spell from Sunderland. McCartney gets to the byline and lifts a ball in for Jones, and the shot is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 35' Petrov fouls Jones with an aerial challenge. Once more Villa defend the set piece in tidy fashion.
    • 34' Here's awelcome sight for Sunderland fans - Lee Cattermole is jogging up and down the touchline.
    • 33' Richardson charges into Petrov and cleans him out as the Villa skipper makes a clearance. Not sure why he wasn't booked for that.
    • 31' Jones wins a free-kick after Dunne climbs over him. taken short for Reid. Henderson's cross is ehade dback to Richardson, whose acrobatic attempt doesn't make it as far as the Villa goalkeeper.
    • 29' Heskey exhibits good strength to hold off Cana in midfield, but the referee deems it a foul.
    • 28' Cuellar's clearance loops into the air but Bent is marked out by two men. villa break through Young but the winger's cross is too far ahead of Agbonlahor.
    • 27' Dunne hoofs a long ball forward for Agbonlahor but again da Silva gets there first.
    • 25' That goal means Heskey has now scored against Sunderland for five different clubs.
    • 24' GOAL!! Milner toe-pokes a through ball into the path of Heskey who is onside... He slots it calmly past Fulop to open the scoring!
    • 23' Nosworthy's searching ball over the top is out for a goal kick.
    • 22' Cuellar rejoins play as Sunderland win another corner. Reid's ball to the far post is for Jones but again Villa clear the set piece efficiently.
    • 21' Jones jumps for the high ball forward but Cuellar beats the striker in the air - no mean feat! He pays for it with a nasty blow to the head though. He's on the ground receiving treatment. The game will restart with a Sunderland throw.
    • 19' Ashley Young squares up to Henderson after they two have a minor collision. All very unnecessary really. The referee has a word and leaves it at that.
    • 18' Milner does well to beat Cana on the wing and he finds Heskey in the box, but the target man's lay-off is poor.
    • 17' Great defensive work from Cana sees him break up a Villa attack, but Villa are in the ascendant now.
    • 16' It will be Downing to strike... OFF THE BAR!! The rebound makes it's way to Warnock, who blazes into the crowd from an acute angle.
    • 15' Young, Downing, Milner... they could all have a crack here...
    • 14' The crowd want a free-kick for Darren Bent after he went to ground on the right. Nothing given. Instead McCartney gets a booking for bringing down Heskey on the edge of the box after Villa break. Great free-kick opportunity here...
    • 12' Cana brings down Agbonlahor in the centre circle and referee Friend shows the first yellow card of the game.
    • 11' Villa have set their stall out to contain Sunderland and hit them on the break in this match. To be fair, they are one of the sides best equipped to do so, but this match is winnable enough for them to show a little more ambition.
    • 10' Richardson loses the ball on the edge of the Villa box but shows great work rate to win it back of Heskey.
    • 8' Bent chests the ball into the path of Henderson who drills a shot just high of the upright! First decent chance for either side.
    • 7' Downing dithers on the ball in the Sunderland final third and he's dispossessed.
    • 6' Jones wins another corner for Sunderland. Reid's delivery is met by Dunne and Milner completes the clearance.
    • 5' Young tries to send Agbonlahor away down the right wing but da Silva is alert to the danger.
    • 4' The ball drops for Stephen Warnock who blasts a shot high into the stands.
    • 3' Lorick Cana gets a flick-on at the near post but the ball evades everyone. Goal kick.
    • 2' Sunderland make tracks down the right and have a throw in the final third. Villa make a hash of clearing and Cuellar backheels out for a corner.
    • 1' Sunderland kick off and we're underway!
    • - Remember, you can follow all the key moments from this evening's Premier League action via our Premier League multiplex!
    • - The players are coming out on to the pitch now. We'll be underway shortly.
    • - This is an intriguing fixture between two ambitious clubs. After their win at Old Trafford on Saturday, this is a real test of Villa's top four credentials.
    • - Villa, on the other hand, have conceded just eight goals on the road this season. Only Man United have been meaner on their travels.
    • - Sunderland boss Steve Bruce said after Portsmouth snatched a late draw on Wearside at the weekend that their home form was paramount to them living up to their early season promise. The Black Cats have only lost one of their eight home games so far, winning five.
    • - Last season, Villa won both matches against Sunderland by 2-1 after conceding the first goal. These two sides have already met once this season, in the Carling Cup when the Villans progressed 3-1 on penalties following a 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light.
    • - Emile Heskey has scored four Premier League goals against Sunderland, all for different clubs. He has yet to play or score against them for Villa.
    • - Darren Bent has scored in his last three Premier League starts against Aston Villa.
    • - Here are tonight's teams. The man in the middle for this one is Kevin Friend of Leicestershire.
    • - Sunderland: Fulop, Nosworthy, Turner, Da Silva, McCartney, Henderson, Cana, Richardson, Reid, Bent, Jones. Subs: Carson, Bardsley, Malbranque, Campbell, Mensah, Healy, Cattermole
    • - Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Ashley Young, Petrov, Milner, Downing, Heskey, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Carew, Delph, Reo-Coker, Beye, Collins
    • - Villa could move back above Arsenal into third with a win at the Stadium of Light, while Sunderland could move as high as eighth with three points, depending on Birmingham's result. Premier League table
  • Summary

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Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • M. Fülöp
      • N. Nosworthy
      • M. Turner Substitution Out (82′)
      • P. da Silva
      • G. McCartney Yellow Card
      • K. Richardson
      • L. Cana Red Card
      • J. Henderson Substitution Out (72′)
      • A. Reid
      • D. Bent
      • K. Jones Substitution Out (82′)


      • S. Malbranque
      • D. Healy
      • J. Mensah Substitution In82′
      • P. Bardsley Substitution In82′
      • L. Cattermole Substitution In72′
      • T. Carson
      • F. Campbell
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • L. Young Yellow Card
      • C. Cuéllar
      • R. Dunne
      • S. Warnock
      • J. Milner Goal Yellow Card
      • S. Petrov
      • A. Young
      • S. Downing
      • E. Heskey Goal
      • G. Agbonlahor Substitution Out (90′)


      • J. Carew
      • H. Beye
      • J. Collins
      • N. Reo-Coker
      • B. Guzan
      • F. Delph
      • S. Sidwell Substitution In90′
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