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Aston Villa 0 - Sunderland 1

Villa Park

22nd March 2008 15.00

Attendance: 42640

Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 1

At last Sunderland`s first away win of the season courtesy of a Michael Chopra goal.

Sunderland deserved their victory against a Villa side chasing a European place.

Villa created the first real chance of the game and what a goal it would have been if Carew`s bicycle kick had been on target.

Then it was the usual bad decision by the officials as Scott Carson got away with handling outside the area.

Sunderland then created some good chances the first coming when Murphy wiped in a delightful cross only for O`Donovan to put his effort way over the bar.

The second came when Reid put a good cross over only for O`Donovan to beating to the ball by Larsen.

Villa had a very good chance to take the lead early in the second half. Harewood was through on goal thankfully he put his shot wide of Gordon`s post.

We created another good chance this time Murphy broke in to the box only for his shot to hit the side netting. He maybe should looked and found Chopra on the other side of the box.

After some good build up play the ball was teed up for a Leadbitter shot however his shot was well wayward.

We eventually took the lead we deserved when Richardson`s long ball found Chopra. Chopra then coolly slotted home his first away goal the year.

As we looked to see out the victory Villa cause us another scare this time Agbonlahor was denied by a great save from Gordon.



Sunderland Line Up 4-4-2

Gordon 7
Bardsley 8
Nosworthy 9
Evans 8
Collins 8
Edwards 6 (Leadbitter 6)
Whitehead 7
Reid 7
Richardson 7
Murphy 6 (Yorke 6)
O`Donovan 6 (Chopra 7)


Subs not used

Fulop
Prica

Star Player

Nyron Nosworthy - Nyron was a rock solid alongside Gordon, Evans, Bardsley and Collins

Vital Sunderland Says

It great to finally get our first away win hopefully it will hold us in good stead for the rest of the season.

Chopra took his goal well but he needs to be starting upfront and he`s not a winger




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Writer: KEV1N Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 23 2008

Time: 12:37PM

Your Comments

certainly was a handball, Carson was lucky not to have been sent off for that, talk about a rush of blood to the head. You folks deserved the win and I thought your away support was amongst the best to visit Villa Park this season, that said you usually are. Bit different to Boro who brought 300 tops.
The Fear
Great result lads, ye've done Rovers a big favour in the race for 6th. I hope ye can push on from this and manage to stay up now!!
spinaker7081
 

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