Sunderland are still searching for their first win of the Premier League season after earning a point through Jeremain Lens’ second-half strike.
The Black Cats led when Yann M’Vila curled a superb 20-yard free-kick into the top corner.
Villa hit back almost instantly when Lee Cattermole needlessly barged over Scott Sinclair, who calmly converted a low penalty before tapping in a second.
But Lens earned a draw for his side when he steered in from close range.
Villa dominated the final half-hour with skipper Micah Richards going closest to netting the home side’s third goal, somehow diverting the ball wide from inside the six-yard box.
Sunderland’s attacking forays were rare after Dutch winger Lens’s equaliser, while Villa felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Spanish substitute Carles Gil – who was booked for diving – tumbled under a challenge from Younes Kaboul.
With West Brom earning their first win at Stoke, Sunderland dropped to the bottom of the Premier League table, while Villa moved up to 12th.
Source: bbc sport