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

Saturday.

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.