An Emile Heskey goal gave Aston Villa the lead in what turned out to be another crucial win in the race for a top four finish. Martin O’Neill’s side continue to impress and yet another hard fought performance has resulted in three points given them renewed hope of making the coveted Champions League spots.
Aston Villa scored a second through in form James Milner to kill the game off and left Sunderland floundering and heading for only their second home defeat of the season. The win takes Aston Villa to third in the table, at least until Arsenal take to the field on Wednesday.
Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa (Heskey)
Sunderland 0-2 Aston Villa (Milner)