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Martin O'Neill was surprised to learn Aston Villa's 2-1 victory at Sunderland was shrouded in controversy after seeing Gareth Barry snatch three precious points.

Ten-man Villa survived Ashley Young's 72nd-minute dismissal as they came from behind to stay within three points of new Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United.

O'Neill said: "I didn't know there was any sort of dispute with the penalty, it seemed straightforward.

"But the referee gave it, it was a penalty and Gareth Barry put it in brilliantly and I thought we deserved to win."

On Milner's strike, which cancelled out Danny Collins' 11th-minute opener, O'Neill said: "I haven't seen it.

"The incident I have seen back was the one I wanted to see, to see whether Ashley's [challenge] was a sending-off. I have no complaint.

"When I look round and think Ashley Young has been sent off, I think 'This has got to be a bit crazy'.

"But the referee is right. When you are going in two-footed and your feet are above [the ball] diving in like that, to me it is a sending-off and I have got no complaint.

"He didn't really know what had happened, but players can get injured like that and I have no complaint."

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Sunderland
Danny Collins
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Gareth Barry
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Ashley Young
Aston Villa

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