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Sunderland 0-4 Aston Villa

By Pete OliverBBC Sport
Dismayed Sunderland players
Sunderland have been in the Premier League since 2007
  • Villa win third game in a row under Sherwood
  • Villa three points clear of relegation zone
  • Sunderland slip down to 17th
  • Home fans turn on boss Poyet

Aston Villa's revival under Tim Sherwood continued as they hammered hapless Sunderland to pile the pressure on manager Gus Poyet.

Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke both scored twice in the first half to give Villa their first goals and win away from home since December.

Sunderland, who have now won just one of their last 12 league games, were booed off at half-time and at the end.

Poyet was targeted by unhappy fans with his side now deep in relegation danger.

Gus Poyet says fans' anger understandable

Villa, who have now won back-to-back Premier League games and advanced to the semi-finals of the FA Cup under Sherwood, had previously managed only four goals away from home this season.

But they scored almost at will in an embarrassingly one-sided first half at the Stadium of Light which could have dire consequences for Poyet.

Home fans started to leave after the third goal went in after 37 minutes.

And some supporters had to be restrained by security staff as they attempted to get near Poyet - who sat impassively in the dugout almost throughout - as Villa went 4-0 up before the break.

Angry Sunderland fans
Sunderland's supporters have seen just two home league wins and 12 goals at the Stadium of Light ths season

Sunderland's plight was summed up by farcical scenes at the start of the second half as they kicked off with 10 men before midfielder Seb Larsson limped out of the dressing room to rejoin the action almost four minutes after the restart.

Patience had already been wearing thin on Wearside with Sunderland winning just twice at home so far this season.

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After replacing Paolo Di Canio in October 2013, Poyet kept Sunderland up last season thanks to a remarkable run of four wins in their last five games.

But that momentum was not maintained and the Black Cats, with just one league win since Christmas and only four in total this season, are now only one point above the relegation places.

Villa appear to be going the right way under Sherwood, a former team-mate of Poyet's at Tottenham Hotspur, following his appointment at the start of last month.

The Midlanders looked highly impressive in brushing aside the feeble challenge of Sunderland to leapfrog their opponents into 16th and give their survival hopes added momentum.

With Agbonlahor and Benteke reunited in attack, Villa cut Sunderland apart almost every time they went forward.

Teenage dream
Aston Villa substitute Rushian Hepburn-Murphy became the fourth youngest player to play in the Premier League when he came on in the 83rd minute.
Hepburn-Murphy, aged 16 years and 176 days, replaced Christian Benteke at the Stadium of Light.
Defender Matthew Briggs was aged 16 years and 65 days old when he played for Fulham in 2007.
West Bromwich Albion's Isaiah Brown (16 years and 117 days) and Leeds United's Aaron Lennon (16 years and 129 days) are the other players younger than Hepburn-Murphy to appear.
Striker James Vaughan - now at Huddersfield - is the youngest goalscorer in the Premier League when he scored for Everton aged 16 years and 271 days in 2005.

The home side also failed to deal with the threat of Charles N'Zogbia and winger Leandro Bacuna.

It was Bacuna's cross that allowed Benteke to side-foot Villa ahead after 16 minutes and within two minutes it was 2-0 as Agbonlahor gave John O'Shea the slip before beating Costel Pantilimon from a tight angle.

Agbonlahor waltzed through Sunderland's porous defence to steer home the third and Benteke headed the fourth from another Bacuna cross to spark the unrest around the home support.

Villa, who gave 16-year-old Birmingham-born striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy a debut as a substitute, cruised through the second half with Sunderland denied a late goal when Steven Fletcher's effort came back off a post.

Tim Sherwood
Tim Sherwood and Gus Poyet spent two seasons as team-mates at Tottenham
Gabby Agbonlahor scores for Villa
Gabriel Agbonlahor scored at the Stadium of Light for the third season running and took his total for the season to six
Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon
Sunderland have failed to beat Aston Villa in eight Premier League meetings
Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke has now scored five Premier League goals this season



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 15Réveillere
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 4BridcuttBooked at 90mins
  • 20ÁlvarezSubstituted forWickhamat 45'minutes
  • 7Larsson
  • 8Rodwell
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forGrahamat 83'minutes
  • 28Defoe


  • 2Jones
  • 10Wickham
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 19Graham
  • 22Coates
  • 25Mannone
  • 27Vergini

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Guzan
  • 7BacunaBooked at 8mins
  • 5Okore
  • 6ClarkSubstituted forC Sánchezat 64'minutes
  • 34Lowton
  • 28N'ZogbiaSubstituted forWeimannat 79'minutes
  • 16Delph
  • 8Cleverley
  • 9Sinclair
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 20BentekeSubstituted forHepburn-Murphyat 83'minutes


  • 10Weimann
  • 15Westwood
  • 24C Sánchez
  • 25Gil
  • 26Kinsella
  • 29Hepburn-Murphy
  • 31Given
Neil Swarbrick

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 0, Aston Villa 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Aston Villa 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

  4. Booking

    Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Graham.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa).

  9. Post update

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Liam Bridcutt tries a through ball, but Sebastian Larsson is caught offside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Danny Graham replaces Steven Fletcher because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy replaces Christian Benteke.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Jack Rodwell with a through ball.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

As It Stood

2Man City29177559283158
4Man Utd28158547262153
10West Ham29109103937239
12Crystal Palace2989123440-633
13West Brom2989122736-933
16Aston Villa2977151938-1928
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