Michael Chopra scored the only goal of the game to earn Sunderland their first away win of the season and give a massive lift to their survival hopes - and put a huge dent in Aston Villa´s chances of European qualification.
The £5million summer capture from Cardiff came off the bench and struck the winner with seven minutes remaining.
It silenced the Villa fans who had witnessed another below-par display from Martin O´Neill´s side.
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