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O'Neill feeling heat

Sunderland 0

Aston Villa 1

Gabriel Agbonlahor's first Premier League goal of the season was enough to see off shot-shy Sunderland as Aston Villa ruined former boss Martin O'Neill's day.

The striker fired home from close range 12 minutes after the break to claim just a second league victory of the season for the midlanders on an afternoon when the Black Cats mustered only a single notable effort on target. It was no more than Villa, who headed north without former Sunderland striker Darren Bent, deserved after turning in a display which belied their position with Christian Benteke bullying the home defence and Barry Bannan enjoying room in midfield.

The response from the home crowd of 41,515 on the final whistle was predictable with O'Neill's men winning just one of their last 17 league games.

Benteke set up the winner, climbing high at the far post to knock down Matt Lowton's cross into the six-yard box and Agbonlahor pounced ahead of Carlos Cuellar to volley to the roof of the net.

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