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Game #3336

Saturday, 26 April 1975

Attendance: 57,266

Won

Division Two

2nd (-)

Sunderland

WWWWW

Villa Park

Villa beat long time promotion rivals Sunderland to drop them to fourth in the table and hand promotion to Norwich - who Villa face in their final game of the season. Villa keep their fifth consecutive clean sheet and make it seven League wins in a row to leave them insurmountable in second place in the table ahead of their promotion to the top flight.

Aston Villa

2-0

Sunderland

Assists(s) | Bobby McDonald | 84' |

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

HT Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland
78โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ian Ross (pen)
84โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Brian Little, Assist by Bobby McDonald
FT Aston Villa 2-0 Sunderland

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' promoted Villa side have just a single defeat in eighteen League games including seven successive wins and sixteen goals without reply in the last five as they make it twenty four wins, eight draws and nine defeats in Saunders' first forty one League games as Villa boss.

Aston Villa

Sunderland

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1972-73

FIXTURE HISTORY

Sunderland

Previous 5 vs. Sunderland: | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ | ๐ŸŸฅ | ๐ŸŸจ |

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1974-75 |
Matchday | #54 |
League Match | #41 |
Manager Game | #54 |
Saturday, 26 April 1975

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Ron Saunders |
Referee | Arthur Hart, Sevenoaks |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 2-0 |
Last 5 Games | WWWWW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Arthur Hart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1970-1975
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards: None

CARDS

Villa

None

Sunderland

None

Arthur Hart

TEAM NEWS

Steve Hunt makes his full debut in place of Chico Hamilton.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.62 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | 33.01 |

Youngest Player |
W Steve Hunt | 18.74 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Ron Saunders

Aston Villa

GK Jim Cumbes |
CB Chris Nicholl |
CB Ian Ross |
FB John Robson |
LB Charlie Aitken |
M Leighton Phillips |
W Steve Hunt |
M Bobby McDonald |
W Frank Carrodus |
F Keith Leonard |
F Brian Little |

Sunderland

Montgomery, Malone, Guthrie (Longhorn), Moncur, Watson, Bolton, Kerr, Hughes, Belfitt, Robson, Towers.

Manager: Bob Stokoe.

SUBSTITUTES

RB John Gidman for W Steve Hunt | 59' |

SUBSTITUTES

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
M Pat McMahon, Ankle |
F Sammy Morgan, Stomach muscle |
W Ray Graydon, Hamstring |

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 28 April 1975

The natural sympathy one felt for Bob Stokoe, was tempered by the fact that if Sunderland could not beat Aston Villa on Saturday they did not deserve to be promoted.

Because while Sunderland had to win to stand a chance of being promoted, Villa were suffering from the effects of winning promotion on Wednesday night, effects both psychological and physical.

There was bound to be a reaction as there was at Derby as well and it should have favoured Sunderland.

I do not doubt that had the Villa players a choice as to who should accompany them and Manchester United into the First Division, it would have been Sunderland. But the North Easterners, in the top two or three for so long, could not overcome the tension; their anxiety was always evident.

No one can blame Villa for slipping from the standards they have set themselves this year - although a colleague who has not seen them since early in the season still thought they had improved beyond measure - and they did not begin to play until John Gidman came on in the 60th minute.

He was brought on to give the team width and it was his first appearance in the side since he suffered a serious eye injury on November 5. But immediately Gidman was all pace, enthusiasm and personality.

He had something to prove to the crowd, which was 700 short of capacity, and to the manager, Ron Saunders.

It is an indication of the way Villa have been playing this year - 30 points out of 34 - that Gidman has been unable to win his place back.

But the way he played in the last 30 minutes as a right winger, a role not far removed from the way he used to play as a full back, means he must surely be a part of the team in the First Division. If not as a full back, then a midfield player.

Les Cocker, the assistant to Don Revie, was at the match and he must have been impressed with Gidmanโ€™s half hour.

Cocker, too, must have enjoyed Brian Littleโ€™s goal, which settled the scoreline.

In the 78th minute Moncur brought down the 21-year-old, who was born only a few miles from Sunderland, and lan Ross converted his second penalty in successive games.

Then, in the 84th minute, Little ran onto a pass from Bobby McDonald and from an angle on the left curved a right foot shot around Jim Montgomery.

Cocker must have marked that down and Little has to be worth an Under-23 place at least, although he missed two easier chances.

The skill of Little and Gidman plus the solid experience of players like Ross, John Robson and the supportersโ€™ player of the year, Chris Nicholl, augurs well for Villa next season.

But the main reason I think they will do well in the First Division is the method that Saunders has instilled into the team and the way he has motivated the players.

With two exceptions they are the same players who were there last season; the difference lies in the way they have been influenced.