Saturday April 23, 2011 Day 34 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 1 - 1 Stoke City

  • Bent 43’
  • Jones 20’

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  1. McAllister's Villa held by Stoke

    McAllister's Villa held by Stoke

    Caretaker Aston Villa boss Gary McAllister had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Stoke City at Villa Park in his first match in charge. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Stoke City
    • - Don't forget you can watch video highlights of this match and every other Premier League game from the weekend here from 00:01 on Monday April 25 (UK only).
    • 90+6' FULL-TIME: Begovic gathers - the chance goes begging, and Villa have been held to a draw. They might have done better.
    • 90+5' Last chance? Free kick for Villa from a decent position on the left. Dunne and Collins run forward for it.
    • 90+4' Begovic hasn't had to make a save in the second half - Villa haven't done nearly enough to win this one.
    • 90+3' Mazy run and cross from Albrighton, but his eventual ball to Bent doesn't find the striker.
    • 90+2' No outlet up front for Stoke - that could invite the pressure on to the visitors?
    • 90+1' Five minutes of stoppages to be played.
    • 90' Knock for Fuller - the striker is clutching his lower leg here. Looks like a serious one. The stretcher comes on, and Stoke cannot replace him, having made all their changes.
    • 89' Villa struck late last time out at West Ham - is there a final twist in this match?
    • 88' Hopeful ball forward from Wilkinson - left for Friedel to gather and throw forward.
    • 87' Huth gives away a free kick, and it enables the Potters to make their final switch - Jones off, Salif Diao on.
    • 86' Agbonlahor steals in at the back post for a header, but could not get enough power on it to worry Begovic.
    • 85' Yellow for Begovic for time-wasting. Stoke have been in no hurry to do things all game, but that was too obvious for Foy to ignore.
    • 84' Albrighton collides into Pennant to give away a foul that surrenders Villa's position upfield.
    • 83' Ashley Young wins the corner for Villa as Huth holds firm to deny him a crossing chance.
    • 82' Another throw for Stoke in an attacking position - Wilkinson taking them now that Delap has been substituted.
    • 81' Fuller frustrated again - he felt Dunne had kicked the ball out for a corner but a goal kick is awarded. Replays show he had a point.
    • 80' FULLER SCORES, BUT HE'S OFFSIDE! Fortunate for Villa, as Fuller tucks away a finish with a cool head, but is correctly picked up for being a foot offside.
    • 79' Well, he can calm down on the bench - Heskey off, Agbonlahor on.
    • 78' Heskey with a few choice words for the assistant referee after being called for a free kick against Huth. The referee tells him to calm down.
    • 77' Ashley Young sends a hopeful cross in - Begovic claims with ease. Whistles from the Villa crowd as Begovic takes his time to send the ball forward.
    • 76' Friedel a little fortunate to win a goal kick after challenging Walters for the ball in the area.
    • 75' Fuller comes on for Stoke, replacing Delap.
    • 74' Agbonlahor, warming the bench today, gets cheers from the Villa faithful just for jogging down the touchline. Will we see his introduction?
    • 73' First Stoke change - Whitehead on, Etherington off.
    • 73' HESKEY CLOSE! Reo-Coker slides the ball his way, but it's just behind the former England man and he cannot turn the shot goalwards.
    • 72' Another Villa corner, though Albrighton thought he might have had a penalty for a handball after a scramble in the box. Dunne far from happy either. Somehow Stoke survive.
    • 71' Young settles for a corner after failing to get a cross in. He mops his forehead as he plans his delivery.
    • 70' Dunne dispossesses Walters, but Stoke win the ball back before the home side can loft the ball forward afresh.
    • 69' Albrighton straight into the game, winning the Villans a corner after Wilson blocks his shot.
    • 68' First change of the afternoon for either side - Downing off, Albrighton on - the latter gets a warm cheer from the home crowd.
    • 67' Three air shots in a row as Stoke work a corner short. Comical. It's not been Stoke's half - but they have not been punished.
    • 66' Whoops - Dunne has to head back over his own bar as Delap fires in another long throw.
    • 65' Villa are sorely lacking creativity here. Stoke are ripe for the taking at the moment, but Villa just not making any inroads.
    • 64' Don't forget you can keep up to date with all the Premier League action from across the grounds by clicking this link.
    • 63' Whelan into the referee's book for time-wasting. Needless.
    • 62' Villa win a corner - Downing's cross-come-shot takes a deflection as the hosts look to turn their dominance into a goal.
    • 61' Possession 72%-28% in Villa's favour in the last five minutes. Stoke have lost their teeth here.
    • 60' A cross goes for a goal kick for Villa as Etherington hits the ball out on the full. Friedel whacks it forward.
    • 59' Bent caught offside as Villa look to break. The momentum is with Villa, but they haven't had a decent chance on goal since the restart.
    • 58' Downing has plenty of time to play in a telling cross, but as with Etherington a moment ago, it's a very poor delivery, overhit and wasted.
    • 57' Disappointing for Stoke - their first meaningful foray forward for some time and it ends with a poor cross from Etherington.
    • 56' Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches at Villa Park that have been 1-1 at half time. (Infostrada)
    • 55' Late challenge from Wilson on Downing, and Chris Foy cannot let the advantage be played. Just a sign that Stoke are chasing this game at the moment.
    • 54' Dunne marauds forward - a surprising surge from the Irish defender, but he very nearly picks a pass out for Bent as the home side start to take control of the game.
    • 53' Downing tries to slip a cute through ball into Bent, but Huth gets a firm foot in the way.
    • 52' Cheers as Ashley Young shoulder barges into Pennant - and gets away with it.
    • 51' Another round of boos for Pennant - but once again Luke Young gives away a throw - they're inviting Delap to cause panic in the penalty box here.
    • 50' Walker thinks he should have a foul on the edge of the box for a challenge with Whelan - but again the referee thinks he went down too easily.
    • 49' As Stoke turn the ball back into the penalty area three men are caught offside.
    • 48' Chance for Delap here as Stoke win a throw by the corner flag.
    • 47' Ashley Young does well to drift into space, but does almost nothing with it. He's yet to make an impression in this game.
    • 46' The second half begins at Villa Park!
    • 45+2' HALF TIME: Good tackle from Luke Young to stop Pennant in his tracks. Delap shapes to take the throw but there's not enough time. Villa back on level terms - Stoke perhaps marginally the better side in that first 45 minutes. All to play for in the second half!
    • 45+1' Wilkinson takes it upon himself to head out for a corner thinking that Ashley Young would be on his shoulder. He wasn't, as it happens, but safety first for the Stoke man.
    • 45' Two minutes of stoppages due to be played.
    • 44' That goal looks set to make Gary McAllister's first half-time team talk far easier. Bent has scored his fifth goal in Villa’s last six Premier League matches and his seventh in total for them this season. (Infostrada)
    • 43' BENT LEVELS! Walker's cross is a decent one, but it's all Bent here - his run is superb, gliding in between two defenders and heading in from only just inside the box. Great effort after he endured a frustrating half.
    • 42' Walker's cross goes too far, Ashley Young keeps it in on the far side but his delivery is no better.
    • 41' Heskey holds up the ball well and lays the ball back to Downing, but no chance materialises from it.
    • 40' Wilkinson wins a throw by the corner flag having harried his opposite number Luke Young all the way down the channel. Good effort.
    • 39' Slightly clumsy Villa defending gives Walters half a chance of an interception, but the home side ride their luck.
    • 38' Teasing delivery from Etherington towards Jones, but it's just out of reach for the striker.
    • 37' Appeals for a penalty - Bent feels Wilson brought him down as he challenged for the ball, but Bent tumbled to the ground far too easily.
    • 36' Petrov scythes through the middle, picks out Bent and suddenly the striker is in on goal - but he's tackled just in time by Shawcross. The ball bounces into Heskey's path just outside the area, but the forward scuffs his shot.
    • 35' Kenwyne Jones' opener at Villa Park today is Stoke's 18th goal from a long throw since their return to the top-flight. DNA. (OptaJoe on Twitter)
    • 34' Downing picks out Ashley Young here and just as it looks as if he might put his mark on the contest, he's robbed by Wilkinson.
    • 33' Jones holds the ball up well before stroking back to his midfield and allowing Stoke to rebuild. The Trinidadian looks in good form.
    • 32' Bent chasing lost causes here - Huth and Shawcross looking very assured.
    • 31' CHANCE FOR HESKEY SPURNED! He gets on to a free header in the middle of the area, and glances it wide of the post. Could have done better, and Heskey is nine games without a goal for Villa.
    • 30' The last two occasions that Villa have come from behind to win a PL match has come in the month of April – 2-1 at Portsmouth (April 2010) and at West Ham last week. (Infostrada)
    • 29' Downing slips the ball left for Luke Young and it opens up for him to have a shot. It's a tame one, and he might have played in namesake Ashley who was waiting in the channel instead. Ashley Young hasn't featured at all so far.
    • 28' Heskey leaps for a flick-on but uncharacteristically doesn't get a great deal on to it. It leaves Bent with too much to do.
    • 27' Friedel has a free kick just outside the penalty area to ease the pressure for the hosts.
    • 26' Collins and Dunne both look frustrated here to be under so much pressure. Words being exchanged with their midfielders.
    • 25' Another long throw from Delap - Dunne makes sure he gets to this one first and heads clear.
    • 24' Villa have won back-to-back matches, and are more resilient than they were a month ago. They are rebuilding now with Downing on the right hand side, but when they switch left Luke Young's cross disappoints.
    • 23' Provisionally, Stoke would leapfrog Villa and take 11th place in the Premier League if they can hold on to victory and other scores stay the same.
    • 22' After Villa's initial burst, Stoke have controlled this match. Pulis has made sure there's no complacency after their semi-final success.
    • 21' Kenwyne Jones scored his seventh Premier League goal for Stoke this season. His first goal for the club came against Villa in September. (Infostrada)
    • 20' JONES SCORES FOR STOKE! It's what Stoke are famed for - a Rory Delap long-throw, a cracking leap from the striker, and a header placed into the far post which is too far into the corner for even Friedel to keep out.
    • 19' Pennant hobbling a little. It's his knee which looks sore - perhaps playing 13 straight games for Stoke is catching up with him?
    • 18' Cheers from the Villa Park faithful as Pennant's delivery lets him down.
    • 17' Luke Young surprised to give away a foul after getting the ball from Pennant, but it looks as if he just took away the Stoke man's legs.
    • 16' Downing wins a free kick after being dragged back by Wilson. It's a free kick from deep for the hosts.
    • 15' Ironic cheers as Villa are awarded a goal kick - after seven Stoke corners. Remarkable passage of play, but it's still goalless.
    • 14' Now six corners for Stoke - Villa simply failing to get the ball away. Will they be punished?
    • 13' Suddenly the initiative has swung to the Potters. Three corners now for Stoke, then four - Friedel doing a good job of getting rid of the ball from these dangerous deliveries.
    • 12' GREAT SAVE FRIEDEL! Jones' glanced header from the corner looks destined to hit the net, but somehow the American tips it away at full stretch.
    • 11' Stoke, Wembley aside, have struggled away from home of late, but they have the first chance as HUTH CRASHES A SHOT FROM RANGE - Friedel tips over for a corner!
    • 10' Etherington tries a long ball towards Walters but the striker cannot get there in time.
    • 9' Wilkinson tries a cross from deep which Walker chests effortlessly back to his goalkeeper. Friedel lumps the ball forward.
    • 8' Stoke defending with purpose, albeit fairly deep. The home side enjoying most of the possession so far.
    • 7' Downing passes straight to his opposite number Wilson just as Villa looked set to surge forward.
    • 6' Downing tries a speculative shot from distance - didn't cause much concern, but had Reo-Coker been able to control it he might have been in with a good chance.
    • 5' Nasty tackle from Delap on Petrov, and that gives Villa a free kick 35 yards out.
    • 4' Remember you can follow all of the Premier League's 3pm kick-offs in one place by clicking this link.
    • 3' Villa stringing passes together smoothly in the middle of the park - a beautiful day and the pitch looks pristine.
    • 2' Boos for former Birmingham boy Pennant, and his touch lets him down as he tries to take Stoke down the right wing.
    • 1' Away we go at Villa Park!
    • 14:55 Key man for Stoke: Matthew Etherington has scored five PL goals this season. If he scores today it will be the outright most ever in a single season in his career.
    • 14:50 Key man for Aston Villa: Darren Bent is the club’s equal-top scorer this season with six goals in 11 Premier League appearances, alongside Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, despite having signed for the club in January. He is the fourth player in PL history to score at least six goals for two clubs in one Premier League season after Eric Cantona, Andy Cole and Louis Saha, and the first not involving the player joining Manchester United.
    • 14:45 Head-to-head: Aston Villa and Stoke City have met 93 times in the league. Aston Villa have won 45, Stoke 26 and 22 draws.
    • 14:40 Gary McAllister will deputise for manager Gérard Houllier, who has fallen ill. In October 2001, Houllier was taken ill as a Liverpool manager and Phil Thompson took the reins until he returned in late March. Under Thompson that season, the league results (average 2.08 points per match) were marginally inferior to those with Houllier (average 2.15 points per match). (Infostrada)
    • 14:35 Today's referee is Chris Foy.
    • 14:30 Aston Villa: Friedel, Walker, Dunne, Collins, Luke Young, Downing, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, Bent, Heskey Subs: Marshall, Pires, Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Makoun, Clark, Cuellar /// Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington, Jones, Walters Subs: Sorensen, Collins, Fuller, Pugh, Diao, Whitehead, Faye
    • 14:25 All finished at Old Trafford - and it looks like Manchester United are a step closer to the Premier League title. Match report
    • 14:20 Aston Villa have moved into 10th place in the top flight, while Stoke are five points clear of the relegation zone in 13th. Anyone still worried about the drop? Check out the table here
    • 14:15 It's been an altogether happier week in Stoke, where the Potters are still celebrating after that extraordinary FA Cup semi-final victory. Read the match report of that win one more time.
    • 14:10 It's been a difficult week in Birmingham as Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier was rushed to hospital with a health scare. He won't take charge of the team today, but assistant manager Gary McAllister says the French coach will be back soon. More here
    • 14:05 We have one match underway in the top flight today: Manchester United are looking to go nine points clear in the title race with victory at Everton. Click here for live updates.
    • 14:00 Good afternoon everyone and welcome to LIVE text commentary from Eurosport Yahoo! of Aston Villa's clash with Stoke City in the Premier League at Villa Park.
  • Summary

    • 43' BENT LEVELS! Walker's cross is a decent one, but it's all Bent here - his run is superb, gliding in between two defenders and heading in from only just inside the box. Great effort after he endured a frustrating half.
    • 31' CHANCE FOR HESKEY SPURNED! He gets on to a free header in the middle of the area, and glances it wide of the post. Could have done better, and Heskey is nine games without a goal for Villa.
    • 20' JONES SCORES FOR STOKE! It's what Stoke are famed for - a Rory Delap long-throw, a cracking leap from the striker, and a header placed into the far post which is too far into the corner for even Friedel to keep out.
    • 12' GREAT SAVE FRIEDEL! Jones' glanced header from the corner looks destined to hit the net, but somehow the American tips it away at full stretch.
    • 11' Stoke, Wembley aside, have struggled away from home of late, but they have the first chance as HUTH CRASHES A SHOT FROM RANGE - Friedel tips over for a corner!
    • 14:30 Aston Villa: Friedel, Walker, Dunne, Collins, Luke Young, Downing, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, Bent, Heskey Subs: Marshall, Pires, Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Makoun, Clark, Cuellar /// Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington, Jones, Walters Subs: Sorensen, Collins, Fuller, Pugh, Diao, Whitehead, Faye

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Friedel
      • K. Walker
      • R. Dunne
      • J. Collins
      • L. Young
      • S. Petrov
      • N. Reo-Coker
      • A. Young
      • S. Downing Substitution Out (67′)
      • E. Heskey Substitution Out (79′)
      • D. Bent Goal

      Subs

      • R. Pires
      • A. Marshall
      • J. Makoun
      • G. Agbonlahor Substitution In79′
      • M. Albrighton Substitution In67′
      • C. Cuéllar
      • C. Clark
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Begovic Yellow Card
      • A. Wilkinson
      • R. Huth
      • R. Shawcross
      • M. Wilson Yellow Card
      • R. Delap Substitution Out (75′)
      • G. Whelan Yellow Card
      • J. Pennant
      • M. Etherington Substitution Out (73′)
      • K. Jones Goal Substitution Out (88′)
      • J. Walters

      Subs

      • T. Sørensen
      • S. Diao Substitution In88′
      • D. Pugh
      • A. Diagne-Faye
      • R. Fuller Substitution In75′
      • D. Collins
      • D. Whitehead Substitution In73′
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