McGrath, Weimann & more: Twitter reacts as Aston Villa rout Sunderland

Paul McGrath and Andreas Weimann both tweet their thoughts after Aston Villa secured an emphatic 6-1 victory over Sunderland

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Paolo Di Canio suffered his second loss as Sunderland boss at Villa Park Photo: Back Page Images

Christian Benteke scored a second-half hat-trick to fire Aston Villa to an emphatic 6-1 victory over 10-man Sunderland at Villa Park.

Ron Vlaar opened the scoring in the 31st minute before Danny Rose immediately equalised.

Andreas Weimann then restored Villa’s lead and Benteke hit a superb 23-minute treble before late Gabriel Agbonlahor’s late strike.

Here is a selection of our favourite tweets from the professionals, in chronological order, after a memorable night for Villa.

QPR winger Andros Townsend ‏(@andros_townsend) is looking forward to watching his Spurs team-mate: “Which winger is Danny Rose going to have in his pocket tonight…… #ASTvsSUN?”

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton ‏(@Joey7Barton) hails Vlaar’s opener: “What a goal from the centre-half Vlaar. Massive goal for Villa…”

Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath ‏(@Paulmcgrath) is thrilled: “Vlaar you star :-) utv.”

West Brom midfielder Steven Reid (‏@stevenreid12) is more impressed with Rose’s effort: “What a goal that is #Rose!”

Olympian Dai Greene ‏(@DaiGreene) is enjoying the Monday Night Football: “Loving the Villa v Sunderland game. Three great goals and so much passion!”

Barton ‏(@Joey7Barton) believes Lambert deserves credit: “Paul Lambert should get a lot of credit if this young Villa side stays up. He took a tough job on. Great header 4-1 #benteke”

Stoke striker Michael Owen ‏(@themichaelowen) is glad to see his tip performing: “I stand by my Bale for player of the year and Benteke for young player of the year vote, especially after tonight!!!”

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand ‏(@rioferdy5) is impressed by Villa’s talisman: “Agbonlahor looks hungry like he ain’t had no Nandos for a week! Benteke has got the Holte End up off their seats with two quick goals!”

Ex-Bradford City man Chris Kamara (‏@chris_kammy) plays up the significance of the result for the home side: “Sessegnon given his marching orders, Sunderland down to 10 a big result for Villa & Benteke gets his hat-trick 5-1!”

Newcastle defender Danny Simpson (‏@dannysimpson) hails Villa’s hit-man: “Benteke has been on fire tonight.. one of the buys of the season.”

Olympian Katharine Merry ‏(@KatharineMerry) is thrilled to see her side win: “Beautiful 6-1 #avfc”

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler ‏(@Robbie9Fowler) is looking forward to seeing the Sunderland manager’s post-match thoughts: “Paolo’s press conference will be interesting!”

Cardiff man Michael Chopra ‏(@MichaelChopra10) enjoys winding up Black Cats fans: “Sunderland fans will be quiet tonight been battered 6-1 omg #dogfight!”

Villa star Weimann (@andiweimann) is delighted to win: “Massive performance from the whole team and fans pushed us in all game!! What a win and now three big games to go #utv #stayingup!!”

Finally, Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen ‏(@TSorensen) reckons Wigan are now under real pressure: “Did not see Villa winning 6-1 but great performance when it mattered. It truly puts the pressure on Wigan in their game in hand.”

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