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Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Richard Dunne results in a free kick. Booking for Richard Dunne for unsporting behaviour. Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick, Stephane Sessegnon scores a headed goal from close in. Sunderland 2-2 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Sebastian Larsson.
Marc Albrighton replaces Charles N'Zogbia.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Warnock on Sebastian Larsson. Stephen Warnock receives a yellow card. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right channel, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on David Meyler, free kick awarded. Kieran Richardson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Sebastian Larsson. Stiliyan Petrov produces a cross, Richard Dunne finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa.Stiliyan Petrov provided the assist for the goal.
David Meyler is brought on as a substitute for David Vaughan.
David Vaughan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
Corner taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov to the near post, clearance made by Wes Brown.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Stephane Sessegnon. Gabriel Agbonlahor is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Foul by Darren Bent on Wes Brown, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Nicklas Bendtner fouled by Chris Herd, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastian Larsson shoots direct from the free kick, Shay Given makes a save.
Shot by Stiliyan Petrov from a long way out goes over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phillip Bardsley on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Booking for Phillip Bardsley for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
Shot by Charles N'Zogbia from 18 yards. Blocked by Wes Brown.
Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, Nicklas Bendtner has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, Chris Herd makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Stiliyan Petrov from the left by-line to the near post, Michael Turner makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Michael Turner goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Charles N'Zogbia challenges Sebastian Larsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
Simon Mignolet leaves the field to be replaced by Keiren Westwood.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov, clearance made by Simon Mignolet.
Connor Wickham concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jack Colback.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Gabriel Agbonlahor misses to the left of the goal.
Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stiliyan Petrov.
Shot from just outside the box by David Vaughan goes over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Gabriel Agbonlahor results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Connor Wickham grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-1 Aston Villa.Assist by Stephane Sessegnon.
John O'Shea goes off and Phillip Bardsley comes on.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Jack Colback manages to make a clearance.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.
Effort on goal by Emile Heskey from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Connor Wickham takes a shot. Clearance by Stephen Warnock.
Jack Colback takes a shot. Blocked by Stiliyan Petrov.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Connor Wickham by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Kieran Richardson restarts play with the free kick.
Header on goal by Michael Turner from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson.
Stiliyan Petrov fires in a goal from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa.Alan Hutton provided the assist for the goal.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson.
Shot from inside the six-yard box by Darren Bent goes wide right of the target.
Stephane Sessegnon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
Foul by Emile Heskey on David Vaughan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jack Colback.
Connor Wickham has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Sebastian Larsson on Emile Heskey, free kick awarded. Stiliyan Petrov takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Connor Wickham by Richard Dunne results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Foul by Wes Brown on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. Charles N'Zogbia takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Nicklas Bendtner, save made by Shay Given.
Stiliyan Petrov challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Sebastian Larsson, Shay Given makes a comfortable save.
Bruce predicts a rough ride for returning Bent
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce expects Darren Bent to face a hot reception from the home fans when he makes his first return to the Stadium of Light with Aston Villa.
The striker was involved in an acrimonious #18million move between the clubs in January after submitting a transfer request that shocked Bruce and the supporters.
"It's football so I think he'll be expecting it," said Bruce, who was also keen to highlight what Bent achieved in his 18 months at Sunderland, scoring 36 goals in 63 appearances.
"I think we have to acknowledge what Darren Bent did here, too. He was terrific here for 18 months, there's no disputing that, and, in my opinion, could have been one of the greats if he'd stuck around. He didn't, it's football, and sometimes it happens.
"All our disappointment was that it ended so quickly. But the great thing about football is we move on."
With no fresh injury worries this week, Bruce could name the same side that defeated Bolton.
Defender Titus Bramble remains suspended pending the outcome of police and club investigations, while Craig Gordon and Fraizer Campbell (both knee) continue to work their way back to fitness.
Villa boss Alex McLeish is looking for a positive response from his side after successive defeats against Manchester City and West Brom ended their unbeaten start in the league.
He said: "Sunderland will be confident. They had a great result last weekend (at Bolton). But equally you can look at Sunderland getting that result on the back of a couple of bad ones.
"There is no reason why we can't do the same thing. We've had a couple of reversals now.
"We were very frustrated at the way last week's result at West Brom unfolded.
"But it doesn't mean we can't go to Sunderland and get the points just as Sunderland did at Bolton last weekend with a terrific performance.
"They will be buoyed by their performance and victory but equally they will be aware that we have a big threat in our team as well."
On-loan Tottenham midfielder Jenas Jenas is finally fit and included in the squad while defender Alan Hutton has recovered from a head wound which required seven stitches.
But midfielder Barry Bannan is suspended while the club conduct an internal investigation after the Scot was arrested on suspicion of drink driving last weekend.
Honours even after Sessegnon's late strike
Stephane Sessegnon snatched a point for Sunderland in a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light which completely eclipsed the much-publicised return of Darren Bent.
Benin international Sessegnon stooped to nod home a Sebastian Larsson free-kick with one minute left after Richard Dunne had appeared to win it for Villa.
Dunne had risen highest to head the visitors back in front five minutes earlier after Connor Wickham had cancelled out Stiliyan Petrov's stunning 20th-minute opener.
Bent, who was booed throughout on his first return to Wearside since his January move south, had missed a fine chance in the 70th minute when he shot straight at substitute keeper Kieran Westwood.
It had been clear from the pre-match warm-up that Bent was set for a torrid afternoon on Wearside after his controversial move to Villa in January.
And the striker was a virtual passenger in much of the early action with the main threat coming from Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson, who fired a pair of dangerous free-kicks.
Bent got the chance he had been waiting for in the 16th minute when Emile Heskey's cross found the striker at the far post but he prodded wide under pressure from Keiran Richardson.
And Villa snatched the lead in stunning fashion in the 20th minute when Petrov was fed by Alan Hutton and lashed a stunning shot for only his sixth goal in 167 Villa appearances.
Sunderland came close to grabbing an equaliser within two minutes, when Bendtner found the head of Turner in front of goal but the defender headed inches over.
And they fashioned another chance in the 27th minute when Wickham headed goalwards in a crowded box but Stephen Warnock headed clear with keeper Shay Given stranded.
The home side snatched their equaliser in the 38th minute when Sessegnon turned Hutton and fed Wickham, who drove home a fine left-foot shot from 10 yards.
The Black Cats defence was still giving cause for concern and they had a mighty let-off in the 42nd minute when Petrov's free-kick trickled unchallenged across the face of goal.
Westwood got his first taste of Premier League action five minutes into the second half when Mignolet appeared to suffer a broken nose in the course of flapping away a Petrov corner.
The home side enjoyed their best spell of the game with James Collins twice forced to clear from dangerous positions, and Bendtner heading just over on the hour.
The home side had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Chris Foy in the 63rd minute when Bendtner met Larsson's cross from the right with a header which struck Hutton at close-range.
Larsson came close in the 70th minute after Chris Herd fouled Bendtner on the edge of the box and the midfielder's curling free-kick was well saved by Given.
And moments later Bent almost caught Sunderland out at the other end when he charged onto Herd's long ball before being pulled back for fouling Wes Brown as he wriggled clear.
As the game exploded into life, Westwood had his moment of glory when he got down to deny Bent from close-range after the striker had been put through by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
But Villa snatched back the lead in the 84th minute when Petrov lofted a free-kick from the left side of the box and Dunne climbed to head home.
Just when it seemed Villa had done enough to snatch the points, the home side roared back and Sessegnon headed home an 89th-minute equaliser from Larsson's free-kick.
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