Villan Benteke delivers Cats KO.
After winning two games in a row, Sunderland were defeated 6-1 at Villa Park.
Sunderland got the first chance of the game when Johnson played a ball over the Villa backline to Gardner, taking it down on his chest, he rounded his ex team mate Guzan but his cross was cut out for a corner.
In front of the 37,000 fans, the Clarets got the next chance of the game on 26 minutes. A neat one-two carved the Lads’ back line open and put Agbonlahor, who scored the winner at the SoL in November, through. However, his shot whizzed just wide.
Five minutes later, Sunderland failed to get out of the box and invited centre back Ron Vlaar onto the ball. He then unleashed a 30 yard shot which powered into the back of the net.
Just as the goal cheers died off, new cheers started as the Black cats leveled. The two Danny’s played a one two with each other and Graham put Rose one on one with Guzan. The loanee but the ball past Guzan and into the bottom corner of the net.
The Lads had hardly any time to recover when they trailed again to Weimann’s 38th minute goal. The front man was somehow in acres of the space on the left and, once the ball was played to him, he placed the ball past Mignolet and into the bottom corner.
Ten minutes after the interval, the deposit was doubled. Agbonlahor wasn’t closed down on the edge of the box so he took a shot which swerved in the air. Mignolet punched the ball away only for Benteke to head the ball into the empty net. Five minutes later it was 4-1. unmarked from a Westwood corner, Benteke rose above Cuellar and O’Shea to power a header past Mignolet, with no-one on the back post.
To make things even worse for the Cats, Sess was sent off. A high challenge on Fabian Delph’s ankle resulted in a straight red which means he will miss the remaining three games of the season.
A minute after going down to ten men, the score line read 5-1. again slack marking and low pressure resulted in Benteke being put through. From a tight angle, the in form Belgian slotted the ball front post past the exposed Mignolet. Things couldn’t get worse. However, they did. David Vaughan’s lazy back pass saw Agbonlahor rush through on goal.
The pacy striker beat Mignolet and tapped the ball into the net.
This defeat leaves Sunderland on 37 points, but with a game at home to Stoke next Monday, a win would surely secure SAFC’s top flight status this season.