Chris Coleman got off to a losing start with his Sunderland side last night as he and his men faced Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Indeed, the Black Cats were not expected to win but Villa still had to contend with the fact that there’d be renewed effort from the away side’s team under a new manager.
Certainly, it proved a closely run thing as the result ended up at 2-1 to the home side, allowing Villa to keep pace up at the top of the league and meaning Sunderland stay down near the bottom.
For sure, though, both managers will be fairly pleased with what they saw from their sides as the visitors put a shift in and Villa remained professional throughout to see out victory.
We’ve been thinking about the best XI to come out of the result, then, and think it would look something like this:
Villa’s defence was strong last night so four of the five at the back get in. Alan Hutton is over on the left despite being down the right last night, though, to accommodate Adam Matthews who had a decent game.
Further forwards, Glenn Whelan and £3.15m-rated Conor Hourihane miss out as they had quiet games whilst George Honeyman and, surprisingly, Darron Gibson put shifts in that would have pleased Coleman.
On the wings it’s all Villa, with Robert Snodgrass a class act and Albert Adomah continuing his fine form whilst Josh Onomah gets a place for his showing.
Finally, Lewis Grabban leads the line with another goal to his name and Keinan Davis’ quiet game in mind.
Thoughts, Villa and Sunderland fans? Let us know below!