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Sunderland 0-3 Aston Villa

Lewis Grabban celebrates Aston Villa's first goal at Sunderland
Lewis Grabban scored 12 league goals during his loan spell at Sunderland earlier in the season

Lewis Grabban scored the opening goal against his former club as Aston Villa kept up their push for a top-two finish with victory at bottom side Sunderland.

Grabban, who was on loan with the Black Cats earlier this season, nodded in Albert Adomah's cross at the back post.

James Chester headed in a Robert Snodgrass corner, before Bryan Oviedo turned Conor Hourihane's cross into his own net to round off the scoring.

Villa stay third, four points behind second-placed Cardiff.

A routine win at the Stadium of Light took Villa to within seven points of Championship leaders Wolves, who play Leeds on Wednesday before they make the short trip to Villa Park for a West Midlands derby on Saturday.

Despite their defeat, Sunderland did not lose any ground on the teams above them as all of the bottom five clubs in the Championship were beaten on Tuesday.

Chris Coleman's side remain four points from safety but could not arrest a run that has seem them win only one of their 11 league games in 2018.

Bournemouth striker Grabban scored 12 goals in 20 games for Sunderland earlier this season and he remains their top scorer this term, despite leaving Wearside in January to embark on a new loan spell at Villa.

The visitors were boosted by the returns of influential forwards Adomah and Jack Grealish, who made their first appearances for more than three weeks after recovering from injury problems.

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman:

"Aston Villa are a good team, they're not up there for nothing and they'll be there or thereabouts. You don't have to give them goals, they can earn goals themselves.

"But we gave them goals. How many times have I had to watch us concede a second goal seconds before half-time? It's a bitter pill to swallow for us.

"In the last three games, I thought, 'Right, this is a good turning point for us'. But we've gone straight back to square one."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:

"Can we still win the league? I said before that it would take an almighty, calamitous crash for Wolves to blow up, but anything is possible in this league.

"We've given ourselves a chance and that's important for a club like ours. We've got Wolves, Cardiff and Derby at home, so it's all to play for.

"We've won nine out of 11 and people are still above us. Fulham and Cardiff are having a great run as well, but we're going well. We've got Wolves this weekend, and if we can turn them over, we'll have a great chance."

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1Steele
  • 23Koné
  • 16O'SheaSubstituted forAsoroat 45'minutes
  • 18BrowningSubstituted forJonesat 30'minutes
  • 22LoveBooked at 23mins
  • 53Ejaria
  • 6Cattermole
  • 3OviedoBooked at 55mins
  • 13McManaman
  • 19McGeady
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forMajaat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Jones
  • 7Williams
  • 11Lua Lua
  • 12Camp
  • 20Maja
  • 26Honeyman
  • 29Asoro

Aston Villa

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 5ChesterBooked at 35mins
  • 26Terry
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 14Hourihane
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forJedinakat 60'minutes
  • 37Adomah
  • 45GrabbanSubstituted forBjarnasonat 76'minutes
  • 9HoganSubstituted forGrealishat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lansbury
  • 10Grealish
  • 15Jedinak
  • 18Onomah
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 31Bunn
  • 39Davis
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
26,081

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 0, Aston Villa 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Aston Villa 3.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Attempt missed. Josh Maja (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa).

Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa).

Ovie Ejaria (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Offside, Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

Offside, Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Lamine Koné.

Attempt saved. Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Billy Jones.

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Birkir Bjarnason.

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Birkir Bjarnason replaces Lewis Grabban.

Foul by Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland).

Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Donald Love (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Cattermole.

Attempt saved. Joel Asoro (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Attempt saved. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Attempt missed. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish replaces Scott Hogan.

Goal!

Own Goal by Bryan Oviedo, Sunderland. Sunderland 0, Aston Villa 3.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Josh Maja replaces Ashley Fletcher.

Attempt blocked. Joel Asoro (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Callum McManaman (Sunderland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lamine Koné.

Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa).

Ovie Ejaria (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Mile Jedinak replaces Glenn Whelan because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves34227559283173
2Cardiff35217752282470
3Aston Villa35199756322466
4Fulham361811762382465
5Derby361613755342161
6Middlesbrough361771250341658
7Bristol City361512953421157
8Preston361415745351057
9Sheff Utd35174144943655
10Brentford3514111052411153
11Millwall361313104337652
12Ipswich35156144744351
13Leeds35147144746149
14Norwich351212113437-348
15Nottm Forest36135184354-1144
16QPR351010153952-1340
17Sheff Wed36813153850-1237
18Reading35811164049-935
19Bolton36811173155-2435
20Hull35712164653-733
21Barnsley35711173550-1532
22Birmingham3686222354-3130
23Burton3578202662-3629
24Sunderland36513183865-2728
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