On Saturday we went to Villa to see Villa take on Sunderland. Hopefully, it's too early to call this a must win game as Villa did everything but win it. The statistics show that Villa dominated, but despite having a collection of decent players aren't quite a team yet.
The game got off to a frantic start, but Villa went behind to a superb free kick by M'Vila. Sunderland's lead was short lived though as on 11 minutes, just 3 after the visitors took the lead Scott Sinclair was fouled and took the resulting penalty to restore parity. After this it was an onslaught by Villa with Amavi and Gana creating a spark in midfield with Sanchez also passing the ball around well. Unfortunately, despite his aerial presence Gestede didn't seem to be able to get on the end of anything and you can't help but think that with Benteke it would have been a different story. Not that big Rudy is completely to blame, if some of the other players had looked for a shot instead of a pass ( you know who Mr. Westwood) it could have been a different story. Villa did restore their lead though just before half time when Scott Sinclair slotted in a second after some wonderful work down the left by Jordan Amavi.
Unfortunately, Villa got off to a sluggish start and Jeremy Lens punished some ball watching by the defence with an equaliser. Villa continued to dominate after this, but they continued in the same vane as the first half with chances not being converted. Carles Gil had a good chance of being awarded a penalty but the ref didn't agree and gave Carles a card for his troubles.
The match ended 2-2. Villa should have won, but it seems Gestede isn't quite Benteke and if Sherwood isn't going to give Kozak a chance he needs to get a new forward before the window sls shut.