Nov 3, 2012 at 3pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
0-1
Aston Villa

Bardsley (33'), Fletcher (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Agbonlahor (57')
Lichaj (45'), Clark (68'), Benteke (81')

Half-Time Report: No goals in first half at Stadium of Light

Despite looking the better of the two sides in the first half, Aston Villa fail to make the breakthrough against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

A tight first half at the Stadium of Light has ended goalless between Sunderland and Aston Villa.

Sebastian Larsson of Sunderland and Eric Lichaj of Aston Villa© PA Photos

Christian Benteke has kept out Darren Bent with his recent good form but the striker uncharacteristically headed wide from an early corner despite being unmarked.

Villa started to dominate possession midway through the first period and Gabriel Agbonlahor was unlucky to see his deflected shot loop over the crossbar.

The visitors looked the most likely to score before the break but Sunderland nearly broke the deadlock with a rare opportunity, although Craig Gardner curled his effort wide of Brad Guzan's post.

Sunderland finished the half as the better side and were inches away from taking a lead into the interval when Lee Cattermole fired over from the edge of the area.

Paul Lambert
Read Next:
Lambert denies Bent rift
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves1282221111026
2Cardiff CityCardiff127321710724
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128041610624
4Bristol City125612011921
5Preston North EndPreston12561158721
6Leeds UnitedLeeds126241812620
7Aston Villa125431712519
8Norwich CityNorwich125431214-219
9Fulham124621612418
10Ipswich TownIpswich116052017318
11Middlesbrough124531511417
12Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds124441614216
13Derby CountyDerby114431513216
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest125071521-615
15Queens Park RangersQPR123541516-114
16Hull City123452320313
17Millwall123451414013
18Brentford122641415-112
19Barnsley113351517-212
20Reading113351012-212
21Birmingham CityBirmingham12327819-1111
22Burton Albion12246623-1710
23Sunderland121561322-98
24Bolton WanderersBolton12129623-175