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  • 21 April 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 32557
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  • Goalless draw that does Aston Villa's relegation fears no favours. Former Villa midfielder Craig Gardner see's red, but fails to inspire Alex McLeish's men as Sunderland hold on for a point.
  • 90' + 3'
    Full time at Villa Park.
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow/Red Craig Gardner
  • 90' + 1'
    Former Villa midfielder Craig Gardner sent off for a second booking after a cynical tackle as Albrighton looked break away.
  • 90'
    3 minutes of added time. Free kick given to Sunderland, 40 yards out, Larsson to whip the ball into the Villa box.
  • 89'
    Great perseverance by Eric Lichaj down the right hand side, only to give away a foul at the end of it. Sebastian Larsson with a great resulting ball in, McClean's header straight into the hands of Shay Given.
  • 88'
    Great turn by Emile Heskey who laid the ball into the path of Andreas Weimann, who in turn set up Barry Bannan, who's shot ballooned over the bar.
  • 87'
    Sunderland building play patiently, working the ball across the field before McClean's wayward cross goes out for a goal kick.
  • 86'
    Stephen Ireland loses the ball in a promising position as Villa looked to launch a counter attack.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionCharles N'Zogbia Barry Bannan
  • 84'
    Neat football by Sunderland as they look to break into Villa's penalty area. No final product as of yet.
  • 83'
    Final substitution by Alex McLeish, Charles N'Zogbia replaced by Barry Bannan.
  • 82'
    Teasing ball to the back post by Marc Albrighton, just too long for Weimann. Goal kick to Sunderland.
  • 81'
    Good recovery by Alan Hutton after McClean skips past him down the left wing. Corner to Sunderland.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionNicklas Bendtner Fraizer Campbell
  • 79'
    Both sides struggling to keep possession, end to end stuff nonetheless. Fraizer Campbell ready to come on for Sunderland, replacing Nicklas Bendtner.
  • 78'
    Villa on the counter attack after Sunderland's corner, Marc Albrighton winning his side a corner of their own.
  • 77'
    Sunderland looking more dangerous now, although N'Zogbia nearly sends Weimann clean through on goal, only to see Kilgallon intercept his pass. Great game developing, both sides going for the win here.
  • 74'
    GOAL disallowed for Sunderland. Great ball in by Larsson, with Nicklas Bendtner, controversially being given offside after tucking the ball into the back of the net. Villa fans breath a huge sigh of relief.
  • 72'
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given booed by the traveling Sunderland fans as he takes a goal kick.
  • 71'
    James McClean wins a corner after a great cross field ball by Jack Colback.
  • 68'
    Charles N'Zogbia's mazy run is brought to an abrupt end, with Sunderland's resulting counter attack almost ending up with a Sebastian Larsson goal, with Eric Lichaj doing just enough to block the Swedish midfielder at the back post following James McClean's left wing cross.
  • 67'
    Yellow Card Nicklas Bendtner
  • 67'
    Quick Sunderland counter attack see's Bendtner's goal bound shot cleared off the line by Stephen Ireland.
  • 67'
    Emile Heskey with a clever turn following a pinpoint pass from Ireland. Weak shot by the former England international.
  • 66'
    Nicklas Bendtner booked after hauling down Marc Albrighton as Sunderland's attack broke down.
  • 64'
    Sunderland looking dangerous on the counter attack as Villa look to get an all important goal in this second half.
  • 63'
    Stephen Ireland showing great vision to put Andreas Weimann through on goal, but the ball just wouldn't drop for the Austrian striker, as Sunderland clear the danger.
  • 61'
    Wigan are pegged back immediately after taking the lead at Fulham, great news for Villa who are in more and more danger of being dragged into the relegation battle if things stay the same.
  • 60'
    Panic in the Sunderland box, before Phil Bardsley eventually clears the ball up-field.
  • 59'
    Andreas Weimann smashes the ball at goal, only to see the ball deflected for yet another, Aston Villa corner. Which they take short.
  • 58'
    Mignolet handles the ball outside his box under pressure from Andreas Weimann. Free-kick given. 18 yards out.
  • 56'
    Once again, Villa fail to make the corner count as N'Zogbia over hits the cross. Sunderland throw-in.
  • 55'
    Marc Albrighton wins Villa yet another corner after Emile Heskey held the ball up well.
  • 54'
    Great play by Sessegnon, who fires the ball across the six yard back only to see James McClean smash the ball over Shay Given's crossbar.
  • 53'
    Cleared by Sunderland again as they look to launch the counter attack.
  • 53'
    Charles N'Zogbia wins another corner, bright start by Villa in the second half.
  • 52'
    The corner comes to nothing as Sunderland clear the ball, keeping possession in the process.
  • 51'
    Alan Hutton wins a corner for Aston Villa.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Craig Gardner
  • 49'
    Craig Gardner booked for a cynical tackle on Chris Herd.
  • 48'
    SubstitutionGabriel Agbonlahor Emile Heskey
  • 47'
    Gabby Agbonlahor substituted for Emile Heskey after the stand in captain goes down injured in a move that will not please the Villa fans.
  • 47'
    Andreas Weimann again hitting the side netting after taking the shot on the half volley from 18 yards out.
  • 46'
    Wayward shot by Craig Gardner from the right hand side of the Villa penalty area. The former Villa man's shot booed by the Villa faithful.
  • 46'
    Aston Villa get us under way in the second half. With Blackburn winning and both Bolton and Wigan drawing at half time, Villa fans will be desperate for a win to steer clear of the relegation zone.
  • Half time at Villa Park, the tie remains goalless with both sides creating few chances despite a very high tempo from the start. Villa will be the happier of the two sides after threatening Sunderland more times than previous weeks. Important team talks by both managers at the half time break.
  • 45' + 1'
    Villa keeping up the high tempo right until the end of the half. Weimann and Agbonlahor putting the Sunderland defence under pressure.
  • 43'
    SubstitutionJames Collins Alan Hutton
  • 43'
    Weak shot by N'Zogbia from the right hand side after great vision by Ireland to pick him out. Comfortable save by Mignolet.
  • 42'
    James Collins off injured, replaced by Alan Hutton. Carlos Cuellar partnering Nathan Baker in central defence, whilst Hutton comes on at right back.
  • 38'
    McClean with another great ball into the Villa box. Nicklas Bendtner left with a free header, six yards out, but he can only head it over the cross bar with the goal gaping.
  • 38'
    McClean with another great ball into the Villa box. Nicklas Bendtner left with a free header, six yards out, but he can only head it over the cross bar with the goal gaping.
  • 35'
    James McClean whips the ball in after all, cleared easily by the Villa defence.
  • 35'
    Soft free kick given to Sunderland just outside the Villa penalty area, near the right corner flag. Sebastian Larsson, the former Birmingham City player stands over it.
  • 33'
    Really good challenge by Carlos Cuellar to stop James McClean in his tracks as Villa look to break again. The ball is worked to the edge of the area, but Stephen Ireland's shot sails over the crossbar.
  • 31'
    Villa looking to register only their fifth home win of the season, as Carlos Cuellar wriggles his way into the Sunderland box from his right back position, only to meet a brick wall, in the shape of Sunderland's Jack Colback.
  • 28'
    Andreas Weimann goes close, coming in from the left hand line, riding two challenges, his shot however hits the side netting.
  • 27'
    Free kick whipped in by Larsson, over hit, sails out of play. No threat to the Villa defence.
  • 26'
    Neat football from Aston Villa down the right hand side, but it comes to no avail. Sunderland win a free kick on the counter attack, foul by Cuellar.
  • 24'
    James McClean with another great ball into the box from the left hand side, again, no Sunderland players anywhere near it.
  • 21'
    Albrighton goes close with a cross come shot that bends past Mignolets right post. Good work by Agbonlahor and Herd in midfield.
  • 20'
    Corner to Sunderland, cleared by James Collins
  • 19'
    19th minute applause rings around Villa Park in honour of Villa captain, Stiliyan Petrov as he continues his battle with Leukemia.
  • 18'
    Villa appeal for a free kick on the edge of the area after Weimann feels he was tripped by Turner. Nothing given.
  • 15'
    End to end stuff at Villa Park, with Albrighton and McClean both teasing their opposing full-backs
  • 15'
    Carlos Cuellar almost gifting Bendter a route to goal with a weak back pass.
  • 14'
    James McClean beating Carlos Cuellar, before putting a great ball across the face of the goal. Put behind by Eric Lichaj. Corner to Sunderland.
  • 13'
    N'Zogbia involved again, a dangerous ball into the box bypasses everyone. Goal kick to Sunderland.
  • 12'
    Charles N'Zogbia with a brilliant effort, after picking up the ball 30 yards out, N'Zogbia worked his way to the edge of the box, forcing Mignolet into a save. Corner to Villa
  • 12'
    Marc Albrighton with a cross into the Sunderland box, dealt with expertly by Matthew Kilgallon
  • 11'
    Sunderland coming into the game a lot more in the last few minutes, no clear cut chances made as of yet
  • 9'
    Very fast tempo early on, as both sides look to make an impact in the opening ten minutes.
  • 7'
    Brilliant tackle in the penalty area by James Collins as Sessegnon cut inside, as Sunderland looked to catch Villa on the break.
  • 5'
    Agbonlahor using his pace to good effect, winning a corner for Villa.
  • 5'
    The resulting corner see's Agbonlahor free at the back post, on his 250th appearance for Villa.
  • 3'
    Villa looking to set the tempo with some early challenges as Sunderland keep the ball well in the middle of the park
  • 2'
    Aston Villa start extremely well with Gabby Agbonlahor closing down Mignolet in the Sunderland goal.
  • 1'
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