Lads beaten in Villans game.
Sunderland suffered defeat for only the second time this season.
It was a fairly open first half with both teams having a couple of half chances. Andreas Weimann came the closest, but Simon Mignolet comfortably saved his shot after the Villa midfielder had wriggled through some defenders. Christian Benteke also threatened from a few corners as his headers came close but not many clear cut chances were created.
The Black Cats had two chances of note. Firstly, some silky footwork by Adam Johnson on the right almost found Stephane Sessegnon inside the box but the Beninese forward was tackled just as he was about to pull the trigger. Johnson was again involved when he found Lee Cattermole. The skipper put his 20 yard shot just over the bar.
Twelve minutes into the second half, Villa broke the deadlock. Benteke headed the ball down from a cross and there was Gabriel Agbonlahor to tap in one of the easiest goals he will score.
Sunderland did press, but only on one occasion throughout the match did they find the target.
Cattermole’s late and deflected 25 yard shot was beaten away by Brad Guzan in the Villa goal. Before that, substitute Louis Saha came close from a bullet header, as did Fraizer Campbell.
The Lads appealed for a penalty after John O’Shea’s flicked-on header seemed to hit Ciaran Clark on the arm but the ref waved away protests.
On a positive note, Cattermole was creating chances, running up the pitch and came close to scoring twice, arguably the best Black Cat on the day!
Sunderland, however, failed to find that cutting edge and even one goal seemed out of their reach.