English Premiership

Agbonlahor sinks Sunderland

2012-11-03 20:11
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Getty Images)

Sunderland -Gabriel Agbonlahor's first Premier League goal of the season fired Aston Villa to a vital 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Agbonlahor's three goals this term had all come in the League Cup, but Villa manager Paul Lambert kept faith with the former England forward, preferring him to Darren Bent once again, and was rewarded with his first league strike since November 2011.

After 29 league games without a goal, Agbonlahor picked the perfect time to end his drought.

His winner gave Villa only their second victory in 10 league games, lifting them five points clear of the bottom three and level on points with 16th placed Sunderland, who have won only one of their last 17 league games.

With out-of-favour Bent missing from Lambert's squad at the Stadium of Light, the pressure was on Agbonlahor and his strike partner Christian Benteke to lead Villa to victory.

Sunderland had the ball in the net after just five minutes when Steven Fletcher, the only Black Cats player to have scored a league goal so far this season, lifted the ball over goalkeeper Brad Guzan, but the Scotland striker's effort was ruled out for offside.

Benteke threatened twice in quick succession in the early stages before Agbonlahor had a shot blocked by Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley.

Martin O'Neill's men went close when Adam Johnson pulled the ball back for Lee Cattermole to curl a shot just over.

But it was Villa who took the lead in the 57th minute when Benteke climbed high above Bardsley at the far post to knock down Matt Lowton's right wing cross.

Agbonlahor, latching onto Benteke's header, finally showed his predatory instincts as he pounced ahead of Carlos Cuellar to volley into the roof of the net.

Cattermole came close to snatching a point for Sunderland when he took aim from long range with six minutes left, but Guzan saved at the second attempt to preserve the win.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real
Fixtures
20 September 2014
Swansea City v Southampton, Liberty Stadium 16:00
Newcastle United v Hull City, St. James' Park 16:00
Burnley v Sunderland, Turf Moor 16:00
Aston Villa v Arsenal, Villa Park 16:00
West Ham United v Liverpool, Boleyn Ground 18:30
21 September 2014
Leicester City v Manchester United, King Power Stadium 14:30
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion, White Hart Lane 14:30
Manchester City v Chelsea, Etihad Stadium 17:00
Everton v Crystal Palace, Goodison Park 17:00
27 September 2014
Liverpool v Everton, Anfield 13:45
Manchester United v West Ham United, Old Trafford 16:00
Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Selhurst Park 16:00
Southampton v Queens Park Rangers, St. Mary's Stadium 16:00
Sunderland v Swansea City, Stadium of Light 16:00
Chelsea v Aston Villa, Stamford Bridge 16:00
Hull City v Manchester City, The KC Stadium 16:00
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, Emirates Stadium 18:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Is Louis van Gaal the right man to restore the glory days at United?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.