Saturday, 7 March 1981
Villa climb back to the top of the first division table, level on points with Ipswich as they win for the seventh consecutive League game and eighth time in ten matches with both clubs now seven points clear of their nearest rivals. It isn’t all good news however as Peter Withe faces another suspension after his eighth booking of the season and Ken McNaught is stretchered off at Roker Park with his ankle in a cast after suspected ligament damage.
Assist(s) | Tony Morley | 2' | Gordon Cowans | 19' |
Allan Evans, opened the scoring after 2' to set top of the table Villa on the way to their seventh consecutive League victory, Saturday, 7 March 1981.
2’ Goal, 1-0, Allan Evans, Assist by Tony Morley
19’ Goal, 2-0, Dennis Mortimer, Assist by Gordon Cowans
HT Sunderland 0-2 Aston Villa
68’ Goal, 2-1, (Sunderland), Joe Hinnigan
Sub off, Ken McNaught, Sub on, Colin Gibson
FT Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa
ON THIS DAY
Ron Saunders, confined to his sick bed, hands over the reigns to Roy MacLaren as Villa win their seventh game in a row to make it twenty one wins, six draws and five defeats in thirty two League matches this season. As a result Villa go level on points with Ipswich at the top of the Division One table.
European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1972-73
Previous 5 vs. Sunderland: | 🟨 | 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟩 |
Season | 1980-81 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Match | #32 |
Manager Game | #349 |
Saturday, 7 March 1981
Manager | Ron Saunders (Roy MacLaren, caretaker) |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 2-1 |
Last 5 Games | WWWWW |
Ron Saunders names the same line up for a fourth successive match.
Starting XI Average Age
| 26.21 |
Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 33.09 |
Youngest Player |
F Gary Shaw | 19.30 |
GK Jimmy Rimmer |
RB Kenny Swain |
RB Gary Williams |
CB Allan Evans |
CB Ken McNaught |
M Des Bremner |
M Gordon Cowans |
W Tony Morley |
M Dennis Mortimer |
CF Peter Withe |
F Gary Shaw |
Siddall, Chisholm, Hinnigan (g), Elliott, Hindmarch, Bolton, Arnott, Bowyer (Cooke), Ritchie, Rowell, Cummins. Manager: Ken Knighton.
M Colin Gibson for CB Ken McNaught |
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
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game
⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution
🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
“That's the most intense spell of pressure 23 have been under this season.
“I personally have never experienced an atmosphere like that, with the fervour of the crowd really carrying the Sunderland team forward.
"At half time I told the players not to be complacent and to think that it was still 0-0.
“We were expecting a bit of a Sunderland come back but nothing that strong.
"It needed every ounce of professionalism and character that Ron Saunders has built into Aston Villa in the last five years to withstand that bout of pressure."
Monday, 9 March 1981