Easy afternoon for Given. Had no hard saves to make with much of his work involving catching simple crosses.
Tried to get forward from defence, but just is not technically good enough to make much of a difference. Looked better in at the back, but struggled with Sessegnon.
The powerful Spaniard had a mixed afternoon. Looked impressive when it came to the physical battles, but rarely dealt well enough with Bendtner.
Barely touched the ball, but did not do much wrong. Quiet throughout, but decent enough defensively.
Enjoyed a fairly comfortable first half before losing the ball in the run-up to Bendtner’s headed chance, and was replaced just minutes later with an injury.
Continues to look a shadow of the player who was once regarded a key man at Manchester City. His passing was highly conservative and he rarely drove at the Sunderland defence, while he also looked disinterested if he lost the ball.
Put in a few good tackles here and there, contributing more to the defence than attack, and although he had an unspectacular match, he did not do anything glaringly bad.
Although playing out on the left, an unfavoured position, the former England Under-21 international looked fairly dangerous for much of the match when on the ball. John O’Shea struggled to get many tackles in on him and his crosses were very inviting.
Very energetic in the first half, but did fade a little. Showed glimpses of his form from his time at Wigan, dribbling well and getting shots away, but the end product was often lacking.
The 20-year-old was full of running and effort, neither of which can be faulted, but his finishing probably could have been a little better. Allowed Mignolet to get a save in when the goalkeeper was well out of his six-yard box, while he could also only find the side-netting when going for goal inside the penalty area.
Seemed to get quieter as the match went on. Looked very lively in the first part of the first half, going close to opening the scoring on a number of occasions, but his first touch often let him down.
The Belgian had a shaky opening, almost gifting Villa an early lead as he failed to clear a backpass quick enough, but soon atoned for his error, making a number of top saves, with one from Charles N’Zogbia a particular highlight.
Looked less assured than his central defensive partner, struggling with Agbonlahor while he was on, but once the rapid forward was forced off he appeared more confident.
Good display by the former Sheffield United man, as he looked impressive for much of the match. Got a number of blocks in and looked in control throughout, particularly when Gabby Agbonlahor was replaced by Emile Heskey.
Comfortable in the air, but on the ground it was a different story as Marc Albrighton beat him when he ran at the former Manchester United man, while Gabby Agbonlahor also troubled the defender.
Performed fairly well, not doing an awful lot wrong and endured quite the duel with N’Zogbia, but the Frenchman often beat the Manchester United youth-product in the second-half.
Sat very deep and had very little effect in the attacking third, but did well acting as a shield for the Black Cats’ defence. Often looked to spread the play, even if not all his passes came off.
Typically tried to surge forward whenever he could and always looked to play the forward pass. Perhaps he did not have as many chances as he would have liked, but he did well enough before ruining his afternoon as he picked up a second yellow in injury-time as he clattered Marc Albrighton.
Typically tried to surge forward whenever he could and always looked to play the forward pass. Perhaps he didn’t have as many chances as he would have liked, but he did well enough before ruining his afternoon as he picked up a second yellow in injury-time as he clattered Marc Albrighton.
The young winger was very quiet in the first-half, but was much improved after the break. Delivered several inviting crosses and gave Alan Hutton a rough ride.
Disappointing for the most part. Blasted one effort over in the second half and generally looked ineffectual.
It just was not his day today. Had a shot cleared off the line by Ireland and had a goal disallowed for being just offside. Eventually replaced by Campbell and looked pretty annoyed.
- 22 B. Guzan
- 3 S. Warnock
On just before half-time but had a tough time against McClean. Disappointing showing.
Came on fairly late in the day and had little impact.
- 38 G. Gardner
- 40 S. Carruthers
On for the injured Agbonlahor and did well, creating a number of chances for team-mates, but Villa couldn't capitalise.