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')

Martin O'Neill acknowledges attacking problems

O'Neill acknowledges attacking problems
© PA Photos
Martin O'Neill admits that the poor form of his creative players is making it difficult for goal-shy Sunderland to find the net.

Martin O'Neill has admitted that his creative players are underperforming after Sunderland failed to find the net again in their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa this afternoon.

Villa's clean sheet means that Sunderland have now drawn blanks in four of their last five outings.

O'Neill has conceded that players such as Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon and James McClean, who have all yet to score in the Premier League this season, are struggling for form and thus the Black Cats are finding it difficult to create goalscoring chances.

He said: "It just wouldn't drop for us in the penalty area. We put an awful lot of pressure on them.

"Scoring goals has been a problem for us this season but it was not for the want of trying. Our creative players are finding it a little bit difficult at the moment."

Steven Fletcher is the only player to have scored a Premier League goal for Sunderland this season.

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