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Young guns Villa to comeback victory

Ashley Young has a hand in both goals as his side come from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 at Villa Park.

BIRMINGHAM // Ashley Young had a hand in both goals as his side came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 at Villa Park. Djibril Cisse broke the deadlock for the Black Cats but they were exposed at free-kicks. Young's 20-yarder brought them level and then another dead-ball effort by the former Watford player hit the defensive wall before John Carew made no mistake from close range.

Sunderland fans chanted "There's only one Keano" throughout the game in a show of support after the Black Cats boss had been unhappy with some of the abuse received during the midweek Carling Cup tie with Northampton. His team took the lead through Cisse's second goal of the campaign on 10 minutes. The influential Steed Malbranque made a powerful run forward before releasing Cisse to plant a low shot past Friedel.

But in the 18th minute Ashley Young brought them back on level terms with a stunning free-kick, curled past Craig Gordon. Carew grabbed a 33rd-minute winner when Young's free-kick was blocked by the defensive wall, but Stiliyan Petrov seized onto the loose ball, to drill a low cross into the danger area which the sharp Carew flicked past Gordon. * PA Sport