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  • Carew (30)
  • Campbell (22)
  • Date:2010-03-24
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:37473
  • Referee:Dean, M

Live Commentary

90mins

The final whistle goes. Villa drop more points in the battle for fourth - they had the chances to win tonight but were not clinical enough against a well-organised Sunderland defence.

90mins

Villa are hardly laying siege to Sunderland's goal - the visitors are playing out the draw with some ease.

90mins

Three minutes of stoppage time will be played.

88mins

Sunderland clear the corner and punt the ball clear - they are happy to keep men behind the ball.

88mins

Young wins a corner down the Villa right.

86mins

Villa are running out of ideas and are starting to rely on long balls to Carew.

84mins

Sunderland seem happy to protect their point, but they have some decent possession and are encouraged to keep going forward by Steve Bruce.

82mins

Lorik Cana replaces Steed Malbranque.

79mins

Stewart Downing whips in a corner but Gordon does well to come through bodies to claim.

78mins

James Milner has picked up a knock and makes way for Steve Sidwell.

76mins

Big chance for Villa - Young crosses for Carew who looks certain to score with Gordon misjuding the cross, but the chance goes begging. He should have hit the target.

74mins

Cattermole has been effective defensively but an optimistic volley sails well over Friedel's crossbar.

72mins

John Mensah is injured and makes way Paulo Da Silva.

68mins

Sunderland are coping well with the Villa threat - Young was dangerous in the first half but has stuggled to get into the second half.

66mins

The home crowd is getting restless as Villa struggle to impose themselves.

63mins

A better spell for Sunderland - Campbell wriggles free of Dunne but shoots wide from 20 yards.

61mins

Kieran Richardson tests Brad Friedel from distance, but the effort lacked power.

58mins

The in-form Carew nearly scores again, forcing a fingertip save from Gordon after being played in by Milner.

55mins

Villa are gradually gaining control of possession without getting a clear sight of Gordon's goal.

52mins

Milner is clattered by Cattermole and needs treatment on the sidelines.

51mins

The second half has started scrappily, with Villa struggling to regain their passing fluency from the first half.

48mins

Milner tries his luck from distance, but it is an easy save for Gordon.

46mins

Sunderland win the first corner of the second half, but Kieran Richardson's delivery is cleared.

45mins

The second period is underway at Villa Park.

45mins

The players head for the dressing rooms. Villa responded well to going behind, but they need to take the chances their dominance has yielded.

45mins

Richard Dunne lets Campbell have a sight of goal, but the effort is dragged wide.

44mins

Nathan Delfouneso has struggled to make an impact - he nearly gets onto a Stiliyan Petrov pass in the box, but Michael Turner intervenes.

42mins

Sunderland have found their feet - Villa are finding it hard to create the chances they were early on.

39mins

Fraizer Campbell unleashes a goal-bound shot that is well blocked by James Collins. Villa clear the corner.

36mins

Carew is proving a real handful for the visiting defence - he gets to a Carlos Cuellar cross first but can't get enough power on the header to beat Gordon.

33mins

Villa deserve their goal - they have passed the ball well so far and look particularly dangerous in wide areas.

30mins

Excellent work by Ashley Young gets Villa level, the England winger crossing well for Carew, who cannot miss from close range.

28mins

Villa are yet to get going since conceding - Sunderland are playing more confidence.

25mins

Sunderland, lifted by the goal, force a couple of corners, with Alan Hutton having a good effort blocked. Villa clear.

22mins

Fraizer Campbell opens the scoring against the run of play, latching onto Kieran Richardson's throughball and finishing well.

22mins

Milner scuffs a volley wide from 20 yards. Villa are making all the chances.

20mins

James Collins misses an excellent chance for Villa, making no contact from six yards from an inviting Ashley Young cross.

19mins

Darren Bent makes a trademark dangerous run behind Villa's back four but is just offside.

17mins

Lee Cattermole hacks down James Milner and is lucky to escape a yellow card.

15mins

The early loss of Heskey has upset Villa's fluency - Sunderland are enjoying a good spell of possession.

13mins

Nathan Delfouneso replaces the injured Emile Heskey.

11mins

Emile Heskey is struggling with some sort of muscle injury - he might have to come off.

10mins

Ashley Young makes good ground down the Villa right, but his cross is too near Gordon.

8mins

Gordon is suddenly very busy, pulling off a good reaction save to deny James Collins from a Stewart Downing free-kick.

5mins

John Carew has the first proper effort of the match, but Craig Gordon does well to save the Norwegian's header.

3mins

An assured start by Villa, who are playing with plenty of urgency.

1mins

There is steady drizzle at Villa Park, with the pitch slick and well-suited to fluent passing.

0mins

Referee Mike Dean gets play underway at Villa Park.

0mins

Villa are seeking to protect the only unbeaten Premier League record in 2010, although they have drawn six of their nine matches this year - they can ill-afford to drop more points tonight in the race for fourth place.

0mins

Villa have won their last three league matches against Sunderland; the Balck Cats have only won one of their last 11 matches at Villa Park.

0mins

Martin O'Neill names the same team that drew 2-2 with Wolves on Saturday, whilst Steve Bruce recalls Lee Cattermole and Jordan Henderson to the team that beat Birmingham. Benjani Mwaruwari and David Meyler are the players to miss out.

Match Preview

Aston Villa aim to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to ten matches when they play a Sunderland side that have only won once on their travels so far this season.

Villa are the only team not to have lost a league game in 2010, but their push for a top-four place has stalled as they have drawn six of the games in their unbeaten sequence, including Saturday's 2-2 draw with Wolves when their own fans booed them off at half-time.

Despite the Black Cats' dreadful away form, they have picked up several good results recently, ending a 14-match winless streak by thrashing Bolton Wanderers 4-0 earlier this month and beating Birmingham City at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

In between these two games, they were only denied a 1-0 victory against Manchester City by Adam Johnson's stoppage-time equaliser.

Villa have won their last three league meetings with Sunderland, scoring twice in each game, while Steve Bruce's side have failed to score in both meetings with Wednesday's opponents this season in the league and Carling Cup.

Villa have lost only one of their last 14 home league games and have one of the in-form strikers in the country in John Carew, who has found the net seven times in his last six appearances in all competitions, including both goals against Wolves on Saturday.

Sunderland's only away success this term came on the opening weekend of the season when they secured a 1-0 victory at Bolton Wanderers since when they have drawn three and lost ten of their games away from Wearside.

Although Sunderland have one of the top goalscorers in the country in Darren Bent, who now has 20 after scoring a brace against Birmingham, they will be without Kenwyne Jones against Villa as the Trinidad & Tobago international is sidelined with a groin injury.


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Match Report

John Carew maintained his rich vein of goalscoring form with another face-saving strike to earn Aston Villa another home draw following a 1-1 stalemate with Sunderland.

The Norway international scored his 14th goal of the season as Villa again frustrated their fans.

Villa might be unbeaten at home this year but this was the seventh draw in 10 matches and their hopes of a top four spot are diminishing fast.

Sunderland, meanwhile, stretched their unbeaten run to five games as they continue to push themselves out of the relegation area.

As usual, Villa made their customary fast start with Ashley Young their main tormentor.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who thwarted Birmingham City on Saturday, maintained his impressive form for the Black Cats.

Twice in quick succession the Sunderland goalkeeper denied Villa goals with two saves with his legs.

On the first occasion he kept out a rasping drive from Young and then saved a James Collins header again with his legs.

Sunderland managed to get the ball into the net but Darren Bent's effort was ruled offside.

But in the 13th minute, Villa suffered a major setback when Emile Heskey limped out of the game to be replaced by Nathan Delfouneso.

Sunderland's goal continued to enjoy a charmed life with Collins going close with another header from a Young cross.

But in the 22nd minute the Villa fans were stunned when the two former Manchester United players, Kieran Richardson and Fraizer Campbell, conspired to open the scoring for the visitors.

Richardson pierced Villa's defence with a throughball and Campbell raced past Collins to score with a low shot to the left of goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

This setback only spurred Villa to greater efforts and in the 30th minute they were rewarded when the best move of the goal resulted in a Carew grabbing the equaliser.

James Milner sent Young clear on the right and he produced another fast cross which Carew converted with his long outstretched leg.

In an even second half, Sunderland, who have not won away from home since the opening day of the season, should have notched a second goal.

John Mensah was so surprised to find himself completely unmarked in the six-yard box that he headed Richardson's cross wide of the goal.

The closest villa came to a claiming the winner occurred when Carew headed over from a Stewart Downing cross.

Aston Villa

Sunderland

Corners

67

Fouls

87

Goal attempts

138

Shots off target

95

Offsides

44

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