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  • Date:21 Apr 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:32,557
Goal!

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92mins

Marc Albrighton fouled by Craig Gardner, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Gardner is sent off. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.

90mins

James McClean takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.

90mins

Foul by Eric Lichaj on John O'Shea, free kick awarded. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.

88mins

Effort from the edge of the area by Barry Bannan goes wide of the left-hand post.

87mins

Carlos Cuellar concedes a free kick for a foul on Fraizer Campbell. Sebastian Larsson takes the indirect free kick.

86mins

The referee blows for offside. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.

85mins

The ball is delivered by Stephane Sessegnon, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.

83mins

Barry Bannan on for Charles N'Zogbia.

83mins

Marc Albrighton sends in a cross.

82mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.

80mins

(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Fraizer Campbell coming on for Nicklas Bendtner.

79mins

Outswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia, Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance.

78mins

Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson.

77mins

Phillip Bardsley takes a shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.

75mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nicklas Bendtner. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.

75mins

Craig Gardner takes a shot. Chris Herd gets a block in.

71mins

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.

70mins

Foul by Stephen Ireland on Craig Gardner, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Eric Lichaj manages to make a clearance.

68mins

Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Clearance made by Stephen Ireland.

67mins

Alan Hutton takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a comfortable save.

66mins

Nicklas Bendtner challenges Marc Albrighton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicklas Bendtner is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.

64mins

Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by James McClean results in a free kick. Andreas Weimann restarts play with the free kick.

62mins

The official flags Marc Albrighton offside. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.

61mins

The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton, save made by Simon Mignolet.

60mins

Corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the left by-line, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.

59mins

The referee gives a free kick against Simon Mignolet for handball. Shot comes in from Andreas Weimann from the free kick, Phillip Bardsley gets a block in.

56mins

Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line.

56mins

Marc Albrighton produces a cross, clearance by Michael Turner.

56mins

The ball is sent over by Emile Heskey, Matthew Kilgallon makes a clearance.

55mins

Close range shot by James McClean clears the bar.

54mins

Corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line, clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.

52mins

Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Stephane Sessegnon.

52mins

The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton, Phillip Bardsley makes a clearance.

51mins

The official flags Andreas Weimann offside. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

49mins

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Nathan Baker misses to the right of the goal.

49mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Gardner on Chris Herd. Craig Gardner goes into the book. Carlos Cuellar takes the direct free kick.

48mins

Emile Heskey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gabriel Agbonlahor.

47mins

Shot by Andreas Weimann from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

46mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Craig Gardner misses to the right of the target.

45mins

A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Chris Herd manages to make a clearance.

44mins

Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.

44mins

Charles N'Zogbia takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.

44mins

Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Kilgallon.

43mins

Alan Hutton comes on in place of James Collins.

42mins

Matthew Kilgallon concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Charles N'Zogbia restarts play with the free kick.

40mins

Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.

39mins

Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Charles N'Zogbia results in a free kick. Michael Turner restarts play with the free kick.

39mins

A cross is delivered by James McClean, Nicklas Bendtner has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

35mins

Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Chris Herd results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by James McClean, Stephen Ireland manages to make a clearance.

35mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Michael Turner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.

33mins

Shot from just outside the area by Stephen Ireland goes over the bar.

32mins

Unfair challenge on James Collins by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. James Collins takes the indirect free kick.

30mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Phillip Bardsley. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

29mins

Andreas Weimann produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

27mins

Carlos Cuellar concedes a free kick for a foul on James McClean. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson.

26mins

Centre by Carlos Cuellar, clearance made by Michael Turner.

26mins

Craig Gardner takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.

24mins

The ball is crossed by James McClean.

23mins

Foul by Eric Lichaj on Nicklas Bendtner, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by James McClean, clearance made by Eric Lichaj.

20mins

Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, James Collins makes a clearance.

17mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Kilgallon by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.

17mins

The ball is crossed by Charles N'Zogbia, save by Simon Mignolet.

16mins

The ball is delivered by Stephen Ireland, Phillip Bardsley makes a clearance.

15mins

Shot from outside the area by Phillip Bardsley misses to the left of the target.

15mins

The ball is delivered by James McClean, clearance by James Collins.

14mins

Inswinging corner taken by James McClean from the right by-line, Michael Turner takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.

14mins

The ball is delivered by James McClean, clearance by Eric Lichaj.

13mins

The ball is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia.

13mins

Corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Michael Turner.

13mins

Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.

11mins

The ball is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, clearance made by Nathan Baker.

11mins

The referee blows for offside against Stephane Sessegnon. Free kick taken by James Collins.

9mins

The ball is delivered by Jack Colback, James Collins manages to make a clearance.

8mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor is penalised for a handball. Michael Turner takes the indirect free kick.

6mins

Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, comfortable save by Simon Mignolet.

6mins

Marc Albrighton produces a cross.

5mins

Marc Albrighton decides to take a short corner.

5mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Kilgallon.

4mins

Nicklas Bendtner concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Herd. Nathan Baker takes the indirect free kick.

2mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John O'Shea. John O'Shea takes the indirect free kick.

1mins

Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.

Match Preview

McLeish has "great respect" for O'Neill Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish admits following on from the Martin O'Neill era has "been a big act to follow" ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland. O'Neill will return to Villa Park with the Black Cats for the first time since quitting as Villa boss five days before the start of the 2010-11 campaign. The Irishman led Villa to three successive top-six finishes in the Premier League, a Carling Cup final and FA Cup semi-final in his four years at the helm. When asked what reception O'Neill can expect from the Villa fans, McLeish said: "We want the crowd reception to be 100 per cent behind Aston Villa and to give players the shot of adrenalin that can help them. "That was the case in recent games against Chelsea and Stoke. We need them again in these games coming up. "I'm sure the fans respect what Martin did, sixth position, a cup final, a European excursion. "That is why it is difficult for them just now and the last couple of seasons, because we have got a big act to follow." McLeish, who managed Rangers when O'Neill was in charge of Celtic, added: "I'm not saying Martin and I are bosom buddies from years gone by but I've got great respect for him. "He has had a fantastic career as a manager and I'm still looking to get that kind of status he has got." McLeish preferred not to become involved in why O'Neill opted to leave Villa so close to the start of a campaign. He said: "In terms of Martin leaving Villa, nothing surprises me in football. I guess that's what keeps you guys (the media) going every week, when there is a wee bit of controversy. "Martin left, it wasn't any of my business, it was between him and Villa, and he chose to do that. That is his prerogative." O'Neill himself is confident he can achieve with Sunderland what he did at Aston Villa and establish them as a top-six club. The Ulsterman has all but mathematically confirmed a sixth successive top-flight campaign for the Black Cats since arriving in December, and he is now setting his sights higher. Asked if what he achieved at Villa can be replicated on Wearside, he said: "For Sunderland Football Club? Of course it's achievable, absolutely. "It's achievable, the club is big enough to be able to have those sort of demands put on it, I am hoping. "Whether we are able to do it or not is another thing, but that should be the ambition at the football club." O'Neill will send his ninth-placed team out looking to close the gap on Merseyside duo Liverpool and Everton immediately above them, having seen them fail to score in each of their last three outings. However, McLeish's problems are significantly more pressing with Villa sitting in 15th, just six points clear of the bottom three. The Scot, of course, was not universally welcomed to the club after being handed the job despite presiding over city rivals Birmingham's relegation last season. But O'Neill believes that whatever problems they are currently experiencing, there will be better days ahead. He said: "I think Aston Villa will rise again to be a great club. It might not happen overnight, but it will happen." Sunderland will have central defender John O'Shea back after a calf injury, but skipper Lee Cattermole, full-back Kieran Richardson and striker Connor Wickham will all be missing.

Formation:442Manager: Alex McLeish

Aston Villa

Formation: 442Manager: Martin O'Neill

Sunderland

  • Shay Given
  • Carlos Cuellar
  • James Collins
  • Nathan Baker
  • Eric Lichaj
  • Marc Albrighton
  • Chris Herd
  • Stephen Ireland
  • Charles N'Zogbia
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • Andreas Weimann
  • SUBS
  • Bradley Guzan
  • Alan Hutton
  • Stephen Warnock
  • Emile Heskey
  • Barry Bannan
  • Gary Gardner
  • Samir Carruthers

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Form Guide

    WLLDDL
  • Aston Villa
  • VS
  • Sunderland
  • LWDDLD

Last Meetings

  • Sunderland
  • 2 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 29/10/2011
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 1
  • Sunderland
  • 05/01/2011
  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 23/10/2010
  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 1
  • Sunderland
  • 24/03/2010
  • Sunderland
  • 0 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 15/12/2009
  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 17/01/2009

Top Scorers

Aston Villa

  • D Bent 7
  • G Agbonlahor 5
  • S Petrov 4
  • C N'Zogbia 2
  • M Albrighton 2
  • A Weimann 2
  • E Heskey 1
  • J Collins 1
  • R Dunne 1
  • S Warnock 1
  • S Ireland 1
  • C Herd 1
  • E Lichaj 1

Sunderland

  • S Sessegnon 7
  • S Larsson 7
  • N Bendtner 6
  • J McClean 4
  • C Gardner 3
  • DO Vaughan 2
  • K Richardson 2
  • D Ji 2
  • W Brown 1
  • T Bramble 1
  • F Campbell 1
  • J Colback 1
  • C Wickham 1
  • A Elmohamady 1

Goals

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 83
    • Goals per game 35
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Sunderland

    • Total goals 90
    • Goals per game 42
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 7 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 9 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 11 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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