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January 5, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 32627‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-1 Sunderland

By Ben Bradley at Villa Park

  • Brad Friedel
    0
    1
    3.00

    Brad Friedel

    Had a quiet game and wasn't called upon much. He could have done better with Darren Bent's chance but didn't reall have a chance with Bardsley's goal

  • Carlos Javier Cuéllar
    2
    1
    2.50

    Carlos Javier Cuéllar

    Had a below average game for Villa and made numerous mistakes. One of the those chances fell to Zenden, who wasted his chance.

  • James Collins
    0
    2
    3.00

    James Collins

    Made an excellent sliding challenge to clear Darren Bent's goalward effort off the line. Was also cautioned early in the game.

  • Richard Dunne
    1
    1
    3.00

    Richard Dunne

    Had a good game in central defence for Villa and helped to control the back line.

  • Ciaran Clark
    0
    1
    2.50

    Ciaran Clark

    Was lucky to escape a red card in the first half when he handled in the box. Otherwise a performance of little distinction.

  • Stewart Downing
    0
    1
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    Caused the Sunderland defence few problems in a game that saw him put in an average performance.

  • Nigel Reo-Coker
    0
    2
    3.00

    Nigel Reo-Coker

    Linked up well in the middle of the park with Petrov and helped give a Villa team some shape. Replaced by Bannan in the 87th minute

  • Stilian Petrov
    1
    3
    3.00

    Stilian Petrov

    Had a steady game for the home side and controlled the ball well. Was disappointed in the 87th minute to be substituted and showed this by throwing his armband at the floor.

  • Ashley Young
    1
    3
    3.50

    Ashley Young Top of the Match

    The tricky winger's quick footwork caused the opposition defence plenty of problems. Fizzed several balls across the box, but lacklustre finishing meant that these were not taken advantage of

  • Emile Heskey
    0
    4
    3.00

    Emile Heskey

    Was putting in a man of the match performance for the home side and caused the visitor's numerous problems, by hitting the bar, before being sent off for a stupid reaction.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    0
    4
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Caused Phil Bardsley problems all game and put in a few dangerous balls across the box, only for Villa to fail to capitalise.

Substitutions

  • Marc Albrighton
    0
    1
    0.00

    Marc Albrighton

    Came on for Petrov in the 87th minute, little time to impact

  • Craig Gordon
    1
    1
    3.00

    Craig Gordon

    Largely untroubled in a game that saw the opposition fail to create many clear cut goal scoring opportunities.

  • Ahmed El Mohamady
    1
    9
    2.50

    Ahmed El Mohamady Flop of the Match

    Was anonymous in a game that saw him constantly troubled by Villa's tricky wingers.

  • Titus Bramble
    6
    1
    3.00

    Titus Bramble

    A more dominant figure at the heart of defence than his partner. A clean sheet reflects more Villa's wastefulness than Sunderland's stringency.

  • Anton Ferdinand
    5
    1
    2.50

    Anton Ferdinand

    Was bullied all night by a physically-imposing Heskey who comfortably held the ball up, yet kept a clean sheet.

  • Phil Bardsley
    7
    0
    3.00

    Phil Bardsley

    Tremendous strike for the goal. Advanced well down the right flank, yet was largely penned in by Young and Downing

  • Steed Malbranque
    4
    2
    2.50

    Steed Malbranque

    Failed to provide the creative touch that is often his trademark. Replaced on 55 minutes by Gyan.

  • David Meyler
    6
    0
    3.00

    David Meyler

    Substituted late on in the first half following an innocuous challenge that jarred a previously troublesome knee.

  • Jordan Henderson
    6
    0
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    An industrious performance masked a rather diminished sense of creativity. Box-to-box action, yet without any real quality going forward.

  • Kieran Richardson
    4
    1
    2.50

    Kieran Richardson

    Series of petulent fouls meant he was lucky not to have been given red somewhere along the line. Steady enough display.

  • Darren Bent
    6
    0
    3.00

    Darren Bent

    A lack of supply somewhat hampered his performance. Fed off scraps but to little joy.

  • Danny Welbeck
    4
    0
    3.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Buzzed around the back four without really creating too much of a nuisance of himself. Will cause worries after being stretchered off late on.

Substitutions

  • Boudewijn Zenden
    4
    0
    2.50

    Boudewijn Zenden

    Replaced Meyler on 39 minutes. At fault for Heskey's glaring miss and largely ineffective before being send off for two bookable offences

  • C. Riveros
    1
    0
    2.50

    C. Riveros

    Replaced Wellbeck on 83 minutes. Was largely required to be a part of the team's late resistance to waves of attack.

  • Asamoah Gyan
    5
    0
    2.50

    Asamoah Gyan

    Replaced Malbranque on 55 minutes. Failed to make a significant impact on the game other than fluffing his lines when put one on one against Brad Friedel

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