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January 1, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
Attendance:‬ 39757‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

A mistake from Lee Cattermole gifted Gabby Agbonlahor an easy goal as the former England international scored the winner in this fixture for the second season running

By Theo Squires

  • Vito Mannone
    0
    0
    3.00

    Vito Mannone

    Produced two fine saves to deny Gabby Agbonlahor a second goal and keep out Leandro Bacuna's fierce deflected shot from 30 yards. Solid performance. Unfortunate for the goal.

  • Phil Bardsley
    0
    0
    3.00

    Phil Bardsley

    Unlucky not to score after cutting in midway through the second half. Struggled at times to cope with Bacuna's pace. Managed to get back and deny Benteke a certain goal, heading the Belgian's curling effort off his own goal-line.

  • Ondřej Čelůstka
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ondřej Čelůstka

    Looked very solid down the right-hand side. Ensured Weimann's attacking threat was minimal and also managed to support the attack well.

  • Modibo Diakite
    0
    0
    3.50

    Modibo Diakite Top of the Match

    A great performance from the centre-back. Dominant in the air and first to the majority of loose balls, ensured Benteke failed to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

  • Valentin Roberge
    0
    0
    3.00

    Valentin Roberge

    Strong performance in the centre of defence. Dealt with Benteke and Agbonlahor well. Brought off for Adam Johnson as his side desperately chased an equaliser late on.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    0
    0
    3.50

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Great performance in the middle of the park from Ki as Sunderland dominated possession. The man that makes the Black Cats tick, he covered every blade of grass and was unfortunate to be on the losing side.

  • Jack Colback
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jack Colback

    Looked impressive in midfield. Constantly chasing players down and spreading the ball well. Booked late on for clash with Agbonlahor.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    0
    0
    3.00

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Lively performance from the Italian. Constantly threatened the Villa back-line. Created a number of chances for Fletcher and Ji, only to see neither find the target.

  • Lee Cattermole
    0
    0
    2.00

    Lee Cattermole Flop of the Match

    Awful performance from the Sunderland captain. Gifted Villa an easy goal in a game they barely challenged in. Afternoon came to a miserable end at half time as he was withdrawn in favour of Fabio Borini.

  • Steven Fletcher
    0
    0
    2.50

    Steven Fletcher

    Quiet in attack. Wasted a golden chance when fed up Giaccherini. Struggled to impose himself on the game.

  • Dong-Won Ji
    0
    0
    2.50

    Dong-Won Ji

    Looked a threat but failed to take his chances. Unlucky to see Baker's brave block deny him what looked like a certain goal. Replaced by Altidore with 25 mins left on the clock.

Substitutions

  • Adam Johnson
    0
    0

    Adam Johnson

    Introduced to the action late on but failed to make an impact.

  • Jozy Altidore
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jozy Altidore

    Came on midway through the second half with his side needing a goal. Provided more of a threat than Ji and Fletcher, but failed to provide an equaliser.

  • Fabio Borini
    0
    0
    3.00

    Fabio Borini

    Brought on at the break and almost made an immediate impact, only for his strike to be harshly ruled out for offside. Lively performance after coming on.

  • Bradley Guzan
    0
    0
    3.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Solid performance in goal from the American. Admittedly had little to do, but kept out all efforts that came his way to help secure a vital three points for Villa.

  • Nathan Baker
    0
    0
    3.00

    Nathan Baker

    Strong performance in the heart of defence. Produced a fine block to deny Ki what looked like a certain goal in the first half. Kept Fletcher quiet for the majority.

  • Ron Vlaar
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ron Vlaar

    Looked sluggish on his comeback from injury. Flat-footed at times and fortunate to see an offside flag deny Giaccherini when it looked like the Dutch international had played him on. Withdrawn for Albrighton midway through the second half.

  • Luna
    0
    0
    2.50

    Luna

    Looked complacent in defence. Was often caught ball-watching but did support the attack well down the left-hand side.

  • Matthew Lowton
    0
    0
    2.50

    Matthew Lowton

    Struggled to cope with Giaccherini's quick feet but grew into the game as the match wore on. Has so far failed to reproduce his form from last season.

  • Leandro Bacuna
    0
    0
    3.00

    Leandro Bacuna

    Lively down the right-hand side. Unlucky not to score a spectacular goal as Mannone reacted well to keep out a long-range drive.

  • Ashley Westwood
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ashley Westwood

    Passed the ball around well but was slow closing players down. Picked out Albrighton with a glorious pass late on but the winger failed to find the target.

  • Fabian Delph
    0
    0
    2.50

    Fabian Delph

    Quiet in the centre of the park, and was second best against Ki and Colback as Sunderland dominated possession. Lost his head late on as he clashed with Ki.

  • Andreas Weimann
    0
    0
    2.00

    Andreas Weimann

    Virtually anonymous. Really does not look happy playing in midfield. Offered nothing in attack. A poor performance. Hard to justify his selection in the side.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    0
    0
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Alert enough to steal possession from Cattermole before rounding Mannone to give his side the lead. Only a good save from the Italian denied him a second. Booked late on for clash with Colback.

  • C. Benteke
    0
    0
    2.50

    C. Benteke

    Poor performance from the Belgian. Clearly lacking confidence, Diakite had the better off him in the air. Tried to link up with Gabby Agbonlahor, but failed to test Mannone. Unfortunate to see his one chance cleared spectacularly off the line by Phil Bardsley.

Substitutions

  • Marc Albrighton
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marc Albrighton

    Came on for Vlaar late on. Missed a golden chance to wrap up victory for his side five minutes from the end.

Results
 
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