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WATCH: Sunderland fans leave in droves, few charge dugout during poor 1st half


Sunderland’s Uruguayan manager Gus Poyet looks on ahead of the English Premier League football match between Hull City and Sunderland at the KC Stadium in Kingston upon Hull, north east England on March 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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The home crowd had its fill of misery well before the score line was complete at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland allowed four first-half goals to an Aston Villa side that hadn’t scored more than two in a Premier League match this season, and fans left in droves after the third goal.

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Several fans encroached on the Sunderland dugout to give fiery words to the bench and coaches, and had to be restrained by stewards in Northeast England.

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