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Heroes and Villains: Aston Villa revival and Rampant Rooney

| 16.03.2015

It was certainly another enthralling weekend of Premier League fixtures, with plenty of sublime goals on show and some shocking results! Manchester City were stunned by brilliant Burnley, Wayne Rooney showed ferocious fighting spirit and Sunderland stuttered to a devastating defeat. Read on to find who made our weekly Heroes and Villains list!

Battling Burnley
George Boyd’s sensational strike helped Sean Dyche’s relegation-battlers to shockingly overcome City, moving them to within a point of safety.

It was a solid showing from Burnley, with every player putting in a professional shift to secure Manuel Pellegrini’s title-hopefuls stumbled six points behind Chelsea at the summit of the table.

Aston Villa
For the majority of this current campaign Villa couldn’t buy a goal, but against a horrific Sunderland side they managed to strike four in 45 minutes.

Forwards Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor both netted delightful doubles in the first-half to earn the Villans another crucial win in the fight to avoid relegation, moving three points clear of danger.

Wayne Rooney
The Manchester United skipper fired in a fantastic individual goal in a 3-0 victory, delivering a knock-out blow to Tottenham’s top four ambitions.

Following the leaked footage of his recent boxing antics, Rooney showed good character with a tongue-in-cheek celebration after his superb scoring exploits.

The in-form forward has now slotted home 14 goals in his previous 14 outings at Old Trafford, proving his worth to Louis vas Gaal when deployed in the right position.

Gus Poyet’s Black Cats put on one of the worst performances of the season at the Stadium of Light against Villa, much to the despair of the Wearside faithful, as fans began to leave the stadium after just half an hour of action.

Sunderland showed absolutely no fighting spirit or effort as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat, with all four goals coming in the first-half.

It was a shocking appearance that has plummeted them into a daunting position, as they sit just a point above the dropzone and hold the third worst goal difference in the top-flight.

Bore draw
Leicester City and Hull City are stuck in a heated relegation scrap, but played out a lacklustre goalless draw at the King Power Stadium.

It was the only Premier League fixture which ended without a goal on matchday 29, with Foxes boss Nigel Pearson then aggressively laying into a reporter during his post-match press conference.

The frustrated manager made an angry outburst after questions about his team’s apparent attempts to get Alex Pearce sent off, before appearing to swear under his breath.

Fabricio Coloccini and Tom Huddlestone were both shown red cards for Newcastle United and Hull respectively, while there were 30 yellow cards handed out over the weekend of top-flight fixtures.

Argentine defender Coloccini received his marching orders for a strong challenge on Everton wideman Aaron Lennon, and Tigers midfielder Huddlestone saw red for a tackle on Jamie Vardy, with both offenders seeing their team fail to pick up a win.

Premier League Tips
Hertha to beat Hoffenheim
Schalke to beat Dortmund
Dusseldorf to win at Paderborn


Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.