Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa Highlights
Villa came from behind for a dramatic late victory in a pulsating encounter, in which Ashley Young was sent off.
Sunderland had the better of the first half and led through a Danny Collins header from a Carlos Edwards free-kick.
But Young surged down the right to cross for James Milner to bundle in the equaliser, with Sunderland convinced the ball had gone in off the arm.
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Young was sent off for a diving tackle but Gareth Barry slammed in a penalty after Gabriel Agbonlahor was felled.
It extended Villa’s unbeaten run to 10 matches but their most recent two defeats both came in the north-east and Sunderland could easily have completed the hat-trick.
They pressed with purpose from the outset, but it was Villa who had an excellent opening opportunity.
THIS SEASON’S REVERSE FIXTURE
27 September 2008 – Ref: Peter Walton
Villa scorers: A Young 18, Carew 33
Sunderland scorer: Cisse 10