Game #5334

Season | 2014-15 |

Matchday | #34 |
League Game | #29 |
Premier League Match-week | #29 |  
Manager Game | #5 |
Saturday, 14 March 2015
Premier League | Away | Sunderland | Stadium of Light | 45,746 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Tim Sherwood | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Neil Swarbrick | 

HT Score | 4-0 |
FT Score | 4-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LLWWW | 

Scorers | Christian Benteke | 16’ | 44’ | Gabby Agbonlahor | 18’ | 37’ |

Assists | Leandro Bacuna | 16’ | 44’ | Ciaran Clark | 18’ | Charles N’Zogbia | 37’ |

League Position | 16th | +1 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
RB Matt Lowton |
CB Jores Okore |
CB Ciaran Clark |
ASSIST | 18' | SUB OFF | 64' |
M Tom Cleverley |
M Fabian Delph | 
M Leandro Bacuna |
BOOKED | 8' | ASSIST | 16' | 44' |  
W Scott Sinclair |
W Charles N’Zogbia |
ASSIST | 37' | SUB OFF | 79' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | GOAL | 18' | 37' |
CF Christian Benteke | GOAL | 16' | 44' | SUB OFF | 83' |

Substitutes |

M Carlos Sánchez for CB Ciaran Clark | 64’ | 
F Andreas Weimann for W Charles N’Zogbia | 79’ | 
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy
DEBUT | for CF Christian Benteke | 83’ | 

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Shay Given
M Ashley Westwood
W Carles Gil
D Lewis Kinsella

Cards |

 Yellow | Leandro Bacuna | 8’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.04 | 

Oldest Player | GK Brad Guzan | 30.53 |

Youngest Player | CB Jores Okore | 22.60 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

CF Libor Kozák |

CB Philippe Senderos |

CB Nathan Baker |

M Chris Herd |

LB Kieran Richardson |

RB Aly Cissokho |

CB Ron Vlaar |


Banned |

RB Alan Hutton |

M Jack Grealish | 

Loaned Out |

CF Nicklas Helenius | Aalborg BK | 9 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

M Yacouba Sylla | Kayseri Erciyesspor | 14 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

W Aleksandar Tonev | Celtic | 11 August 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

LB Joe Bennett | Brighton & Hove Albion | 20 August 2014 - 4 May 2015 |

D Enda Stevens | Doncaster Rovers | 6 November 2014 - 4 May 2015 | 

F Darren Bent | Derby County | 3 January 2015 - 4 May 2015 | 

LB Antonio Luna | Spezia Calcio | 2 February 2015 - 30 June 2015 | 

D Janoi Donacien | Tranmere Rovers | 7 March 2015 - 30 June 2015 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 59
Possession A | 41
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 10

 On this day 14 March 2015 

Forward Rushian Hepburn-Murphy made his Villa debut aged 16 after coming through the youth ranks. Hepburn-Murphy became the fourth youngest player to play in the Premier League, aged 16 years and 176 days. He became Villa’s youngest player in the Premier League beating the previous record holder Gareth Barry who was 17 years and 67 days when he made his debut against Sheffield Wednesday on 2 May 1998 and their second-youngest in all competitions to Jimmy Brown who was aged 15 years and 349 days were he made his debut on 17 September 1969 in a League Division Two game at Bolton Wanderers.

Match Report

 

Sky Sports

Saturday, 14 March 2015

 

Shambolic hosts thrashed by resurgent Villains

Sunderland are in deep relegation trouble after they were thrashed 4-0 at home by fellow strugglers Aston Villa, conceding all four goals in the first half.
 

Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor scored twice each as Sunderland completely capitulated before half-time, causing angry scenes among the home supporters at the Stadium of Light.

 

Benteke turned in the opener on 16 minutes before Agbonlahor beat Costel Pantillmon inside his near post two minutes later, and then Sunderland supporters began streaming for the exits when Agbonlahor bagged their third after 37 minutes.
 

A number of home fans appeared to throw objects towards manager Gus Poyet and his staff in the home dugout and there was a further exodus when Benteke headed Villa’s fourth in first-half stoppage time.
 

Villa manager Tim Sherwood’s side came into the game a point behind Poyet’s but, bouyed by an injection of confidence from back-to-back league and cup wins over West Brom, they moved three points clear of danger with a third straight win.

 

Poyet’s side, however, are just two points above third-bottom Burnley and this was the first time they have conceded four goals at home this season.
 

Fabian Delph, who controlled midfield for Villa, threatened with an early shot sent wide of the far post before Benteke turned in a Scott Sinclair cross in acres of space to make it 1-0.
 

Agbonlahor then capitalised on a mistake by John O’Shea that saw the defender misjudge a chipped ball forward and allow the Villa winger to beat Pantillimon inside his near post.
 

Several Sunderland players had frank discussions with Poyet on the touchline in the hope of restoring stability, but they failed to break Villa down and were shambolic in their attempts to quell counter-attacks.
 

Charles N’Zogbia broke through midfield and found Agbonlahor sprinting inside from the right, who turned inside his marker and fired into the bottom corner for 3-0.
 

Amid angry scenes, Sunderland fans began leaving the ground in their droves and a handful appeared to make for the home dugout, where a scarf and a season ticket appeared to be thrown towards Sunderland staff.
 

Benteke added the fourth when he timed his jump to perfection and headed in to cap off another superb breakway on the stroke of half-time.
 

Sunderland’s disarray was further evident when they played the first three minutes of the second half with 10 men due to Seb Larsson receiving treatment in the dressing room for a knock.
 

After he emerged to ironic cheers from what was left of the home suppport, Sunderland played a more stable second half and substitute Connor Wickham hit the post late on.
 

But such was the away side’s control, Sherwood also able to hand 16-year-old striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy his Aston Villa debut as a late substitute.
 

Having watched the game, Sky Sports' Charlie Nicholas told Soccer Saturday: “Today was shambolic and this team is on its knees. How Poyet will be able to lift these players, who were in this battle last season, I don’t know.”


Player ratings


Sunderland: Pantilimon (5), Reveillere (4), van Aanholt (4), Brown (4), O’Shea (3), Bridcutt (4), Larsson (6), Rodwell (6), Alvarez (4), Defoe (5), Fletcher (5)


Subs: Wickham (6), Graham (5)


Aston Villa: Guzan (7), Lowton (7), Okore (7), Clark (7), Bacuna (7), Delph (8), Cleverley (7), Sinclair (7), N’Zogbia (7), Benteke (8), Agbonlahor (9)


Subs used: Sanchez (6), Weimann (6), Hepburn-Murphy (6)


Man of the Match: Gabriel Agbonlahor