Game #5183

2011-12

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Position:

9th (+2)

Premier League

Sunderland

Stadium of Light

Attendance: 37,062

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Villa stop a run of consecutive defeats but draw for the sixth time to leave them with two wins in ten Premier League games under Alex McLeish.

Sunderland

2-2

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Stiliyan Petrov | 20’ | Richard Dunne | 85’ |

Assist(s) | Alan Hutton | 20’ | Stiliyan Petrov | 85’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5183

Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #14 |
League Game | #10 |
Manager Game | #14 |
Saturday, 29 October 2011

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Alex McLeish |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Chris Foy, Merseyside |
HT Score | 1-1 |
FT Score | 2-2 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | DWLLD |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Foy
Assistants: Bob Pollock, Richard West

MATCH INCIDENTS

Chris Foy

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

Sunderland

🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £68.18m |

Starting XI Average Age
| 29.06 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | 35.55 |

Youngest Player |
M Chris Herd | 22.58 |

TEAM NEWS

Emile Heskey replaces the suspended Barry Bannan.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
D Eric Lichaj |

Suspended | 1 |
M Barry Bannan

Loan | 1 |
M Jean Makoun | Olympiacos Piraeus |
28 Aug 11 - 30 Jun 12 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 59%
Possession A | 41%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 7

MANAGER

Alex McLeish

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Peter Grant
First Team Coach: Gordon Cowans
First Team Coach: Andy Watson
First Team Coach: Kevin MacDonald

STARTING LINE UP

GK Shay Given |
RB Alan Hutton |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB James Collins |
CB Richard Dunne |
M Chris Herd |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
W Charles N’Zogbia |
F Gabby Agbonlahor |
CF Emile Heskey |
F Darren Bent |

SUBSTITUTES

W Marc Albrighton for W Charles N’Zogbia | 87’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan
M Stephen Ireland
F Nathan Delfouneso
M Fabian Delph
CB Ciaran Clark
CB Carlos Cuéllar

THE OPPOSITION

GK Simon Mingolet (GK Keiren Westwood), CB Michael Turner, CB Wes Brown, CB John O’Shea (RB Phil Bardsley (ex)), M Sebastian Larsson, LB Kieran Richardson (ex), M Jack Colback, M David Vaughan (M David Meyler), M Stéphane Sessègnon (g), CF Connor Wickham (g), CF Nicklas Bendtner.

Manager: Steve Bruce.
Team Cost: £44.56m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Alex McLeish's Villa draw for the sixth time in his first ten Premier League games having won two and lost two to leave them ninth in the table on twelve points. At the same stage in 2010-11 they had sat fourteenth under Gérard Houllier.

Stiliyan Petrov celebrates his opener against Sunderland but Villa are pegged back to draw for the sixth time this season and leave Villa with two wins in ten under Alex McLeish, Saturday, 29 October 2011.

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2011/10/29/mcleish-petrov-and-herd-react-to-sunderland-draw-on-avtv

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Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2011/10/29/mcleish-petrov-and-herd-react-to-sunderland-draw-on-avtv

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MATCH TIMELINE

20’ Goal, 1-0, Stiliyan Petrov, Assist by Alan Hutton
38’ Goal, 1-1, (Sunderland)
HT Sunderland 1-1 Aston Villa
74’ Booking, Gabby Agbonlahor
85’ Goal, 2-1, Richard Dunne, Assist by Stiliyan Petrov
87’ Sub off, Charles N’Zogbia, Sub on, Marc Albrighton
87’ Booking, Stephen Warnock
88’ Booking, Richard Dunne
89’ Goal, 2-2, (Sunderland)
FT Sunderland 2-2 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“Darren Bent will be agonising over [his late miss] as all good players do. He will be wondering if he should have hit it harder or higher and he’s the one who will decide.

“As all good players do, they look back on their good moments and the moments that didn’t quite work out.

“There was disappointment at not scoring but there was great movement to get the chance.”

Alex McLeish.

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 29 October 2011

"Goals from Connor Wickham and Stephane Sessegnon saw Sunderland twice come from behind to draw with Aston Villa."

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*Goals from Connor Wickham and Stephane Sessegnon saw Sunderland twice come from behind to draw with Aston Villa.*

Stiliyan Petrov opened the scoring with a stunning shot from 20 yards before Wickham slid home from the edge of the box as Sunderland had the better of the first half.

Richard Dunne’s header five minutes from time saw Villa retake the lead.

But with just a minute remaining, Sessegnon rose highest to head past Villa keeper Shay Given.

In the end, a point was fair on both sides, as in patches each had dominated proceedings.

Sunderland had the better of the first half but Villa responded well, led twice, and merited their point.

Villa boss Alex McLeish will have warned his players about the threat of Sebastian Larsson as the duo were together at Birmingham City.

But the Swede was causing the Villa defence all sorts of problems from dead balls, twice forcing Shay Given into saves in the opening six minutes.

Darren Bent, whose every touch was booed by the home support, got limited opportunities in attack but he did go close on 16 minutes.

Gabriel Agbonlahor played a good ball in from the left and Bent was waiting on the far post but Kieran Richardson did enough to put him off and the ball went behind.

After failing to convert their dominance into goals, however, the home side were made to pay when Petrov opened the scoring on 20 minutes, with a superb long-range effort.

Agbonlahor was given time and space on the left and he played a perfectly weighted pass for Alan Hutton, who controlled and laid it off for Petrov to hit a first-time shot into the top corner.

Wickham then went close to levelling things on 27 minutes when his header, from a corner by Larsson, was headed off the line by Stephen Warnock.

The former Ipswich striker did find the target on 38 minutes when he scored his first Premier League goal following his summer switch.

Sessegnon played a clever pass beyond the Villa defence and Wickham raced through and despite the efforts of three defenders he fired across Given into the bottom right-hand corner.

After John O’Shea limped off through injury in the first half, Sunderland manager Steve Bruce was forced to make a second change just seven minutes after the restart.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was caught in the face by Emile Heskey in an aerial challenge and could not continue so Keiren Westwood, who joined the Black Cats from Coventry in June, came on to make his Premier League debut.

His first real action came on 73 minutes when he prevented Bent from scoring.

Agbonlahor was the provider again as he played a neat ball through for the striker but his first-time shot was saved by the keeper with his feet.

At this point the visitors looked the more likely to find a winner and went ahead with just five minutes to go when Dunne headed past Westwood, from Petrov’s free-kick.

But Sunderland were back on level terms again with just two minutes to go when Sessegnon scored for the second match in succession.

The chance came from another Larsson free-kick and the midfielder headed past Given from six yards out.

Following the game, Black Cats boss Steve Bruce revealed that Mignolet has suffered a badly broken nose following the clash with Heskey and was taken to hospital to have CT scans on his jaw, cheekbone and teeth.

*Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish:*

“Darren Bent will be agonising over [his late miss] as all good players do. He will be wondering if he should have hit it harder or higher and he’s the one who will decide.

“As all good players do, they look back on their good moments and the moments that didn’t quite work out.

“There was disappointment at not scoring but there was great movement to get the chance.”

*Sunderland manager Steve Bruce:*

“We fell behind to a wonder strike. I thought we were better in the first half but Villa were the better in the second half and we were
always chasing the game.

“It was difficult but we showed a terrific spirit and to rescue a point with two minutes to go was good.”

*Goals from Connor Wickham and Stephane Sessegnon saw Sunderland twice come from behind to draw with Aston Villa.*

Stiliyan Petrov opened the scoring with a stunning shot from 20 yards before Wickham slid home from the edge of the box as Sunderland had the better of the first half.

Richard Dunne’s header five minutes from time saw Villa retake the lead.

But with just a minute remaining, Sessegnon rose highest to head past Villa keeper Shay Given.

In the end, a point was fair on both sides, as in patches each had dominated proceedings.

Sunderland had the better of the first half but Villa responded well, led twice, and merited their point.

Villa boss Alex McLeish will have warned his players about the threat of Sebastian Larsson as the duo were together at Birmingham City.

But the Swede was causing the Villa defence all sorts of problems from dead balls, twice forcing Shay Given into saves in the opening six minutes.

Darren Bent, whose every touch was booed by the home support, got limited opportunities in attack but he did go close on 16 minutes.

Gabriel Agbonlahor played a good ball in from the left and Bent was waiting on the far post but Kieran Richardson did enough to put him off and the ball went behind.

After failing to convert their dominance into goals, however, the home side were made to pay when Petrov opened the scoring on 20 minutes, with a superb long-range effort.

Agbonlahor was given time and space on the left and he played a perfectly weighted pass for Alan Hutton, who controlled and laid it off for Petrov to hit a first-time shot into the top corner.

Wickham then went close to levelling things on 27 minutes when his header, from a corner by Larsson, was headed off the line by Stephen Warnock.

The former Ipswich striker did find the target on 38 minutes when he scored his first Premier League goal following his summer switch.

Sessegnon played a clever pass beyond the Villa defence and Wickham raced through and despite the efforts of three defenders he fired across Given into the bottom right-hand corner.

After John O’Shea limped off through injury in the first half, Sunderland manager Steve Bruce was forced to make a second change just seven minutes after the restart.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was caught in the face by Emile Heskey in an aerial challenge and could not continue so Keiren Westwood, who joined the Black Cats from Coventry in June, came on to make his Premier League debut.

His first real action came on 73 minutes when he prevented Bent from scoring.

Agbonlahor was the provider again as he played a neat ball through for the striker but his first-time shot was saved by the keeper with his feet.

At this point the visitors looked the more likely to find a winner and went ahead with just five minutes to go when Dunne headed past Westwood, from Petrov’s free-kick.

But Sunderland were back on level terms again with just two minutes to go when Sessegnon scored for the second match in succession.

The chance came from another Larsson free-kick and the midfielder headed past Given from six yards out.

Following the game, Black Cats boss Steve Bruce revealed that Mignolet has suffered a badly broken nose following the clash with Heskey and was taken to hospital to have CT scans on his jaw, cheekbone and teeth.

*Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish:*

“Darren Bent will be agonising over [his late miss] as all good players do. He will be wondering if he should have hit it harder or higher and he’s the one who will decide.

“As all good players do, they look back on their good moments and the moments that didn’t quite work out.

“There was disappointment at not scoring but there was great movement to get the chance.”

*Sunderland manager Steve Bruce:*

“We fell behind to a wonder strike. I thought we were better in the first half but Villa were the better in the second half and we were
always chasing the game.

“It was difficult but we showed a terrific spirit and to rescue a point with two minutes to go was good.”