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Villa un-Dunne by Richard

23 Oct 2010 19:00:43

Villa un-Dunne by Richard

Richard Dunne's own goal handed Sunderland a first Barclays Premier League victory in six attempts as Aston Villa were made to pay for missed chances as they lost 1-0 at Stadium of Light.Dunne turned Steed Malbranque's 25th-minute cross past goalkeeper Brad Friedel to ensure the points remained on Wearside and end the home side's run of five successive league draws.But Villa would have left the north-east, where they lost 6-0 to Newcastle on their last visit, with something to show for their efforts had striker Emile Heskey not passed up a glorious second-half chance.Stewart Downing had earlier hit the woodwork and substitute Marc Albrighton forced a good save from keeper Simon Mignolet as the visitors, who had won on their last three visits to the Stadium of Light, staged a late fightback.However, the Black Cats' resilience, with Titus Bramble once again a rock at the back, provided the foundation for just a second league victory of the campaign in front of a crowd of 41,506.


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