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
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.”