Villa closer to safety after 0-0 vs. Sunderland
Aston Villa inched farther away from relegation in drawing 0-0
with visiting Sunderland in the English Premier League on
Martin O’Neill, returning to his old club with Sunderland, was
welcomed with boos. Despite leading Villa to three top-six
finishes, he walked out on the club just before last season.
Villa had the better first half despite dealing with injuries to
James Collins and Gabriel Agbonlahor, who were substituted around
halftime. Villa tired in the second half and Sunderland looked to
set pounce, but found the home side’s defense just as willing.
Former Villa midfielder Craig Gardner was sent off in injury
time for his second yellow card, and Villa held on for a deserved
15th league draw.