Aston Villa v SAFC

Boss rues unacceptable display

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by Kate Morton

Di Canio delivers his post-match verdict.

Sunderland coach Paolo Di Canio cut a frustrated figure after seeing his side hit for six at Villa Park.

First half goals from Ron Vlaar and Andreas Weimann, followed by a Christian Benteke treble and a late strike from Gabriel Agbonlahor saw the Black Cats resoundly beaten in the Midlands.

Maybe after two wins in a row we felt a bit full in our stomachs – but this cannot be the case, it’s never possible to be full – even at the highest level.

- Di Canio on defeat

Following the game, Di Canio told safc.com: “It was a very bad performance – it wasn’t acceptable.

“I’m going to analyse my players and myself this week and work out what has happened.”

The defeat comes on the back of two memorable triumphs for Di Canio, having beaten Newcastle United and Everton in their previous two outings.

“We switched off,” Di Canio conceded. “Maybe after two wins in a row we felt a bit full in our stomachs – but this cannot be the case, it’s never possible to be full – even at the highest level.

“We have to defend our pride and honour, we have a big responsibility to do that in all games."

The result sees Villa move to one place below Sunderland in the league up to 16th with both teams on 37 points with three games to play.

“Aston Villa looked like we did in our last two games – they had fire and ferocity," Di Canio added. "They had desire and ambition all over the field, it didn’t happen for us tonight.

“It’s obvious how the players are feeling right now, I have had results worse than this in my career and I felt like the worst player in the world.

“It’s important that we understand that we had a bad performance tonight and we will look at why this happened but we can’t burn what we have built over the last two games.

“We have two home games now and we know we can’t relax; it’s by no means acceptable. We are going to work as hard as we have in the last two weeks as we look forward to these games.”