Game #5368

Season | 2015-16 |

Matchday | #23 |
League Game | #20 |
Premier League Match-week | #20 |  
Manager Game | #9 |
Saturday, 2 January 2016
Premier League | Away | Sunderland | Stadium of Light | 41,535 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Remi Garde | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Craig Pawson | 

HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 1-3 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LDDLL | 

Scorers | Carles Gil | 63’ |
Assists | Adama Traoré | 63’ |

League Position | 20th | - |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
RB Aly Cissokho |
RB Alan Hutton |
BOOKED | 43' | SUB OFF | 76' |
CB Micah Richards |
CB Joleon Lescott | 
M Jordan Veretout |
M Jack Grealish |
SUB OFF | 57' |
M Idrissa Gueye |
M Leandro Bacuna |
W Carles Gil |
GOAL | 63' | BOOKED | 87' |
F Rudy Gestede | BOOKED | 90' |

Substitutes |

W Adama Traoré ASSIST | 63' | BOOKED | 69' | SUB OFF | 89' | for M Jack Grealish | 57’ | 
CF Libor Kozák for RB Alan Hutton | 76’ | 
W Scott Sinclair for W Adama Traoré | 89’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
CB Jores Okore
CB Ciaran Clark
LB Kieran Richardson

Cards |

 Yellow | Alan Hutton | 43’ |

 Yellow | Adama Traoré | 69’ |

 Yellow | Carles Gil | 87’ |

 Yellow | Rudy Gestede | 90’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.90 | 

Oldest Player | CB Joleon Lescott | 33.40 |

Youngest Player | M Jack Grealish | 20.33 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

LB Jordan Amavi |

M Carlos Sánchez  | 
 

Banned |

M Ashley Westwood |

F Jordan Ayew | 

Loaned Out |

F Callum Robinson | Bristol City | 7 August 2015 - 3 January 2016 | 

LB Joe Bennett | AFC Bournemouth | 1 September 2015 - 2 January 2016 | 

CB Nathan Baker | Bristol City | 1 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

GK Jed Steer | Huddersfield Town | 11 September 2015 - 31 May 2016 | 

D Janoi Donacien | Newport County | 24 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

M Joe Cole | Coventry City | 19 October 2015 - 3 January 2016 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 55
Possession A | 45
Shots F | 8
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 8

 On this day 2 January 2016 

The longest run without a win in Villa's history was now extended to 19 games.​

Only two teams had claimed fewer points that Villa had at this stage of the Premier League season - Sunderland in 2005-06 (6) and Derby County in 2007-08 (7).

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 2 January 2016

*Sunderland boosted their Premier League survival hopes as they ended a run of five straight defeats with a win over bottom side Aston Villa.*


The hosts took the lead against the run of play when Patrick van Aanholt’s low 20-yard shot deflected wickedly off Micah Richards and into the net.
 

A brilliant acrobatic volley from Carles Gil levelled after the break, before Jermain Defoe’s low strike.
 

Defoe added a late third, leaving Villa with no wins in 18 league matches.
 

The biggest match of the season?
 

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce described the match as the “biggest of the season” and his players looked to be affected by nerves as they let Aston Villa dominate early on.
 

The Black Cats went into the game seven points adrift of safety, and you could see why as they continually gifted the visitors possession.
 

Only Vito Mannone’s low save from Jordan Veretout kept things level until, against the run of play, Van Aanholt’s shot deflected off Richards to leave goalkeeper Brad Guzan wrong-footed.
 

The hosts knew only a win would do and, after Gil’s stunning equaliser, Defoe stepped forward to give the Black Cats new hope and move them to within four points of safety.
 

Defoe the difference
 

Defoe has now scored eight Premier League goals against Aston Villa in his career but there can have been few as important as these two.
 

The Sunderland striker was on the periphery of things for the large part but, when given the opportunity, he showed his ruthlessness in front of goal.
 

The former England man had four shots in total. He hit the target with three of them, scored twice, and had a late goal disallowed for offside.
 

How Aston Villa could do with such clinical finishing.
 

Have Villa any hope?
 

There are few - if any - signs of encouragement for Aston Villa, who look doomed to life in the Championship next season.
 

While there are still 54 points to play for, a club record 18 league matches without a win is hardly the form to suggest they are capable of any ‘great escape’.
 

They produced some nice football at times but seemed short of confidence in attack.
 

Aside from a brilliant equaliser, the closest Villa came to scoring was Veretout’s first-half effort as they finished with just three shots on target.
 

Having scored only 16 league goals this season - the lowest total in the top flight - Villa remain 11 points from safety.
 

*Aston Villa manager Remi Garde:* ”I’m going to try [to sign players]. In life and football you have to believe - if you don’t you have no chance. But it’s more and more difficult.
 

“But every season in every league, a side can keep losing and suddenly win four, five or six in a row. But for that probably we will need to bring in one, two or three new players.
 

“Today I didn’t see a side who didn’t give everything they could. When you concede so many goals it’s difficult to win games. You cannot be positive when you lose. I’m not here to lose - I’m here to try to make the team win.”