Had a decent game until he left the field with a suspected broken nose in the second half.
Had a good game. His positional sense was excellent and was always aware of Villa’s pace up-front. Good distribution from the back.
Raided forward whenever he could and had a good match-up against N’Zogbia where he won some battles but lost others against the former Wigan man.
Played well against a potent Villa attack. Helped snuff out Darren Bent in the first half. Was excellent in the air and could have scored with headed effort from Seb Larrson’s corner.
Had to leave the field injured in the first half. Was solid for the time he was on the pitch and used the ball well. Had a good aerial battle with Emile Heskey.
Didn’t waste possession and tried to get forward and support Wickham and Bendtner whenever he could. Strong in the tackle as well.
Great play to get Wickham behind the Villa defence with quick feet and accurate passing. Was at the heart of everything good the Black Cats did going forward. Good finish for goal.
Put great set-pieces into the Villa box which led to several chances for the Black Cats. Used the ball well down the right and linked up with Bardsley well. Great free-kick to find Sessegnon for late goal.
Not his best game for Sunderland. Lost the ball on numerous occasions, his usual pinpoint passing someway off. Failed to impose himself on the game.
Had an excellent game and gave the Villa defense all sorts of problems. Took his goal extremely well after being played in by Sessegnon. Could have had more goals if he had taken all of his chances.
Put himself about and used his skill to great effect. Gave as good as he got in a physical tussle with Richard Dunne and James Collins.
Could do nothing with Wickham’s equalizer. Good save to deny Larsson in the second half.
Had a quiet game going forward but was given a tough assignment covering Larsson. Never seemed to get fully to grips with the Swede. Improved as the game wore on.
Struggled with Sessegnon all game. Couldn’t cope with the midfielder's trickery. Should have done better job marking him before he slid Wickham in.
Had a good battle against Wickham but struggled at times with the Sunderland forward line's pace and movement. Was good in the air.
Gave Bendtner as good as he got especially in the air. Made good decisions when he needed to. Tackled well. Good headed finish for Villa’s second goal.
Great strike to give Villa the lead in the first half. Led by example didn’t give the ball away. Tackled well in the center of midfield. Great free-kick for Collins goal.
After a poor game last week, he looked much more of his usual self as he used his pace and skill to great effect. He had the Sunderland defense in trouble on more than one occasion.
Did his job well in the middle of the park. Broke up the play nicely in the center of midfield and used the ball well.
Given a tough time by the Sunderland supporters all afternoon following his controversial move to Villa in January from the Black Cats. Missed a glorious opportunity to put Villa in the lead. Poor game.
Probably the best player on the pitch. He troubled Sunderland all afternoon, his use of the ball was excellent and he was crucial in Petrov’s goal. Despite not troubling the score-sheet, his presence was vital
Played well in the first half and his physical presence was a handful for the Black Cats. His use of the ball was excellent. Faded in the second half.
Handled and kicked well after replacing Mignolet in the second half. Good save to deny Bent.
Was solid and linked up with Larsson well after replacing O’Shea in the first half.
- 6 L. Cattermole
- 27 Ahmed El Mohamady
Came on late for Vaughan. Unable to make an impact. Clumsy in possession
- 8 C. Gardner
- 17 Dong-Won Ji