Huge win for Sunderland as they boost their survival hopes.
It doesn't look good for rock-bottom Aston Villa.
Cheerio from me.
Ola Toivonen cuts back for Jermain Defoe who slams home. Horrible Villa defending.
Rudy Gestede shoots wide for Aston Villa. Not long now...
Four minutes of injury time.
Sunderland are not making this easy for themselves. They keep giving the ball away... but are getting away with it.
Danny Graham is almost in. He takes the ball down inside the penalty area but, just before he shoots, Leandro Bacuna gets his toe in and pokes the ball away.
BBC Newcastle's SAFC summariser Gary Bennett: "That was a goal of a top striker. Great touch on his weaker side. He shifted the ball and made half a yard for himself. A great finish by Defoe."
Adama Traore does a few step over on the right.... The cross is hopeless.
Aston Villa are still fighting. This could be a nervy last 10 minutes.
As results stand, Aston Villa drop 12 points adrift of safety. Sunderland move to within five points of the safety zone.
That could be massive.
A long ball is punted towards Jermain Defoe on the edge of the penalty area. The Sunderland striker takes it down well, beats Joleon Lescott and fires home at the near post.
A half chance for Jermain Defoe.
Billy Jones sends in a decent cross from the right but Defoe and Fabio Borini both miss the ball as it runs to goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Former Spurs striker on Final Score
“It was a hell of a strike by Carles Gil. It was an acrobatic strike. The ball seems to be going away from him, and he pulls the ball back, and it flies into the opposite corner of the net. It’s a superb finish.”
BBC Newcastle's SAFC summariser Gary Bennett: "What was Fabio Borini doing? He lost the ball when all he had to do was keep it simple. We've not recovered. It allowed Villa to break, but what a volley from Gil."
Patrick Van Aanholt bids to whip up the home fans as his low volleyed cross is cleared for a corner.
The Sunderland fans remain stunned. They are in trouble.
That is absolutely stunning.
Adama Traore does well on the right and his deep cross is acrobatically volleyed into the top corner over his own shoulder by Carles Gil.
Sunderland are taking control.
Patrick Van Aanholt again gets bags of space on the left, he moves forward, and drills a shot just wide of the post. Great effort.
Almost a second for Sunderland. Jermain Defoe goes through on goal, cuts back, and sees a low shot well saved by goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
The hard-working Duncan Watmore is replaced by fellow forward Danny Graham. Like-for-like.
For Aston Villa, Jack Grealish is replaced by Adama Traore in midfield. Grealish has done very little.
Sunderland still lacking any intent going forward but you can't help wondering where Aston Villa are going to get an equaliser from.
Half chance for Jermain Defoe. He twists and turns on the edge of the penalty area but his shot is blocked.
Promising from Aston Villa.
Carles Gil races down the right and curls in a decent cross towards Rudy Gestede. Sunderland clear.
Sunderland shout for a penalty as Adam Johnson's free-kick hits Idrissa Gueye on the top of the shoulder.
Back under way at the Stadium of Light.
What have Aston Villa got left?
Here come the teams.
BBC Newcastle's SAFC summariser Gary Bennett: "Sam Allardyce will be happy with the first half. Sunderland have got their noses in front. They got the goal through a little bit of luck, but you make your own luck in this game."
As the graphic shows below, Aston Villa have had plenty of the ball...
It means nothing though.
Not the greatest of halves - but it is the only 3pm Premier League match to produce a goal so far...
Welcome to the best league in the world...
Patrick van Aanholt takes a few steps back.... runs forward.... but bends the shots wide.
Sunderland are finally enjoying more of the ball. A free-kick 25 yards out after Billy Jones is tumbled by Leandro Barcuna. Chance?
It was against the run of play, but Patrick van Aanholt's opener against Aston Villa was a well-worked goal, with a massive deflection at the end - not shown below.
Duncan Watmore is Sunderland's one bright light going forward.
Every time the young striker gets the ball, he looks to drive towards goal. Direct stuff.
Sunderland won't quite know how they are ahead.
Their possession has been awful, they have been virtually non existent as an attacking force but, if this stays the same, they won't care.
For all Villa's possession, they do lack a cutting edge.
BBC Newcastle's SAFC summariser Gary Bennett: "Now they've taken the lead, this is where Sunderland have got to get it together again and calm things down. They've got their noses in front when Villa were in the ascendancy.
Aston Villa are still the team coming forward but where are the goals going to come from?
Rudy Gestede's looping header is very easy for goalkeeper Vito Mannone.
Former Spurs striker on Final Score
“As far as deflections go, that was a brute. It was a horrible deflection.”