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Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland: Player Ratings

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Who performed and who didn't at Villa Park?

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Costel Pantilimon - 7

Made some very important saves and thoroughly deserved his clean sheet.

Santiago Vergini - 6

An improvement from his Hull performance, but really an influence on the game.

John O'Shea - 8

Another quietly excellent game from the skipper. Man of the match.

Wes Brown - 7

Looked good after his rest against Hull. May be a little life in the old dog yet.

Billy Jones - 6

Really tired towards the end after a reasonably bright start to the game. Big effort from him to get through two games in such a short space of time after injury.

Liam Bridcutt - 5

Decent start cut short by injury. Just not on the pitch long enough to make any impact.

Seb Larsson - 6

Another injury victim, though he carried on as long as he could. Solid performance, but little more.

Jordi Gomez - 6

Good for a bit, bad for a bit. Good for a bit, bad for a bit. And so on and so forth. Typical Jordi.

Connor Wickham - 7

Looked the most likely to do something positive, but oh so frustrating.

Adam Johnson - 6

The odd flash of quality but nowt to get excited about.

Steven Fletcher - 6

Missed a couple of decent half-chances. Typified the 'meh' factor in Sunderland's performance really. Nowt to get excited or angry about.

Lee Cattermole - 7

Played very well after having his rest interrupted by Bridcutt's early injury.

Emanuele Giaccherini - 8

Really bright after coming on. Looked the part.

Will Buckley - 6

Positive in intent but average in application.

Man of the Match: John O'Shea

It was 0-0 and defenders were on top, but O'Shea was the best of them. Made a really crucial tackle in the first half and generally defended with huge assurance. The unsung hero of the season.