Monday April 9, 2012 Day 33 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 1 - 1 Stoke City

  • Weimann 32’
  • Huth 71’

  1. Aston Villa held by dogged Stoke

    Aston Villa held by dogged Stoke

    Robert Huth's second-half header at Villa Park earned Stoke a 1-1 draw as Aston Villa continued to limp towards Premier League survival. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Stoke City
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    • 90' FULL TIME. It finishes 1-1 here at Villa Park.
    • 89' Shawcross puts the ball in the net for Stoke, but the goal is chalked off after Huth had tugged Collins's shirt in the build-up.
    • 87' Villa sub: Heskey on, Herd off.
    • 85' Huth is okay, but Herd has taken quite a blow here and will have to be stretchered off. It's his second clash of heads in the second half.
    • 83' Herd and Huth have clashed heads and play has stopped.
    • 81' Stoke sub: Fuller on, Delap off.
    • 79' The Villains, who have Stoke defending very deep at the moment, have little over 10 minutes to get the goal that would ease their relegation worries.
    • 78' Villa have reacted well since the Stoke goal but they look painfully short of attacking options.
    • 76' Herd is back on the field and goes for goal with an ambitious shot that was always rising over the bar.
    • 75' Villa sub: N'Zogbia on, Bannan off.
    • 74' Collins again goes down in the box, this time under pressure from Shawcross as the ball was sent into the box. Not a great deal of contact, but you've seen those given.
    • 72' You have to say, Stoke deserve that.
    • 71' GOAL! Huth scores for Stoke! Pennant whips in a free kick from the right and the big German defender powers in an emphatic header. 1-1.
    • 70' Pennant and Crouch have certainly added something to Stoke's attack.
    • 69' Stoke are pouring forward in great numbers every time and it seems like only a matter of time before they draw level.
    • 67' "Get hold of it," yells McLeish from the technical area. He has a point, Villa just can't keep the ball at the moment.
    • 65' Pennant is being mercilessly booed for his Birmingham City past, but he wins a corner for Stoke.
    • 64' Herd has taken a knock to the head and has to go off, at least until he can count how many fingers he has. We play on with a contested drop ball.
    • 62' Stoke sub: Pennant on, Etherington off.
    • 61' Stoke sub: Crouch on, Jones off.
    • 60' Hutton bursts forward down the right, but the Scot runs out of steam and his cross towards Agbonlahor is cut out.
    • 59' Warnock gets to his feet, but has to limp off after what appears to be a twisted ankle.
    • 58' Villa sub: Gardner on, Warnock off.
    • 57' Warnock has gone down holding his left ankle, and is receiving treatment on the field.
    • 55' Great chance for Villa as Agbonlahor's forward run is picked out by Bannan's beautifully lofted through ball, but Agbonlahor drags his shot well wide.
    • 53' Etherington fires it into the near post where Huth meets it with a thumping header that flies a couple of feet wide.
    • 52' Stoke keep the pressure up with another corner, forced by Shotton.
    • 50' Stoke pinning Villa inside their own half at the moment but the home side enjoy some respite when Delap's long throw flies over everyone and straight out for a goal kick.
    • 48' Bannan whips it in but Begovic claims, despite claims from James Collins that he was being held by Huth.
    • 47' Agbonlahor is fouled by Shawcross 20 yards from goal, and Villa will have a chance from the resulting free-kick here.
    • 46' SECOND HALF. Villa get us underway again.
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    • 45' HALF TIME. Villa lead 1-0 courtesy of Weimann's beautiful finish. Other than that, not much to talk about.
    • 44' Villa all over the shop as Stoke continue to bombard them with crosses and throw-ins. Given flaps at a ball in as it comes to Etherington on the other side. His cross finds Walters, whose glancing header goes just over.
    • 42' Stoke test Villa with another corner, but this time Robert Huth heads wide from a good position.
    • 40' That shot was destined for the back of the Villa net. Great block.
    • 39' Chance for Stoke! Etherington's corner is cleared only as far as Palacios on the egde of the box, whose low drive is blocked superbly by Warnock.
    • 38' Stoke putting Villa under pressure as Delap sends a dangerous cross in from the right that Collins only glances away.
    • 37' Delap gallops clear down the right wing and Lichaj shoves him in the back. In the book he goes.
    • 35' Warnock picks out Bannan at the far post, and he pokes it back into the danger area and Walters almost hammers it into his own net! Instead, it's another corner.
    • 33' That goal has lit up what has been a pretty dire first half. A quality finish.
    • 31' GOAL! Weimann scores for Villa! It's a beauty by the Austrian, who exchanges passes with Ireland before side-footing a wonderful shot over Begovic and into the top right corner.
    • 30' Weimann goes in late on Whitehead, who doesn't like it and takes retribution. Both are given a word by Mike Dean.
    • 29' Bannan whips it in to Collins at the far post, but this time his header is tame and Begovic claims easily.
    • 28' Ireland spots the forward run of Hutton, but Etherington gets back to flick it away at the expense of a corner.
    • 27' Chance for Stoke after Collins's poor clearance goes straight to Whitehead. The ball is worked out to the left and crossed in to Delap, whose solid header is straight at Given.
    • 26' Villa win another corner, but Begovic plucks it from the sky easily.
    • 24' All very pedestrian so far.
    • 23' Villa have steadied the ship and are controlling possession, but are not harming Stoke in the final third.
    • 21' Weimann sticks the ball into the net but the goal is disallowed as Ireland handballed it in the build-up.
    • 19' It is the 19th minute so Aston Villa fans are standing to applaud their captain Stylian Petrov, who was diagnosed with leukaemia recently.
    • 18' Chance for Stoke as Walters picks out Jones with a cheeky back heel, and Jones crashes a thunderous shot into the side-netting.
    • 17' But Villa win a corner that Huth was forced to concede, and James Collins meets it with a solid header at the far post - but Begovic gathers quite easily.
    • 16' We still await our first chance of the game, but Stoke are making a better fist of it so far. Villa a little subdued at the moment.
    • 15' Both managers are on their feet barking instructions from the very edge of their technical areas.
    • 13' Rather scrappy at the moment as Villa try to wrestle control of this game, but Stoke being their typical dogged selves in midfield.
    • 11' Good early spell for Stoke, though.
    • 10' Delap crosses from the right this time, but Jones is penalised for a foul on Hutton in the Villa box.
    • 9' Delap pings a trademark long throw into the box but Baker leaps high to head clear.
    • 7' Infact, Warnock has gone into the book for that challenge.
    • 6' Good spell for Stoke as Shotton burst down the right, before being brought down by Warnock.
    • 5' Intricate play by Villa on the edge of the box but it breaks down after Ireland's ball over the Stoke defence has too much on it and goes out of play.
    • 4' Villa enjoying the best of the early stages, and are pinning Stoke inside their own half at the moment.
    • 2' Stoke lose the ball moments after kick off and attack through Ireland, who tries to play in Weimann, but Stoke get it away.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Stoke get us underway.
    • 17.25 Which way do you think it will go today? Let me know on Twitter
    • 17.20 Stoke have won just three of their last 12 Premier League matches but, with 41 points already on the board, the Potters' safety is secure for another season.
    • 17.15 Alex McLeish's side have won just two of their last 12 Premier League games, and have conceded eight goals in their last three league matches.
    • 17.10 Stoke midfielder Dean Whitehead says their win against Wolves "should set us up well for Villa, so we will go there full of confidence, and hopefully get another three points". The midfielder wants "to get into the top 10 - that is our target now."
    • 17.05 Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish insists his side "took great confidence from the display" in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Liverpool, adding that "every one of them is ready to go again."
    • 17.00 ASTON VILLA: Given, Hutton, Collins, Baker, Lichaj, Bannan, Ireland, Herd, Warnock, Weimann, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Heskey, Cuellar, Johnson, Gardner, Carruthers /// STOKE: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Delap, Palacios, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Fuller, Pennant, Upson, Crouch, Jerome, Woodgate.
    • 16.55 Villa's draw at Anfield will no doubt give them confidence ahead of this game against Stoke, who are yet to win at Villa Park in the Premier League. But Stoke won their last game 2-1 against Wolves after a run of five Premier League games without a win.
    • 16.45 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Stoke from Villa Park.
  • Summary

    • 71' GOAL! Huth scores for Stoke! Pennant whips in a free kick from the right and the big German defender powers in an emphatic header. 1-1.
    • 31' GOAL! Weimann scores for Villa! It's a beauty by the Austrian, who exchanges passes with Ireland before side-footing a wonderful shot over Begovic and into the top right corner.
    • 17.00 ASTON VILLA: Given, Hutton, Collins, Baker, Lichaj, Bannan, Ireland, Herd, Warnock, Weimann, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Heskey, Cuellar, Johnson, Gardner, Carruthers /// STOKE: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Delap, Palacios, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Fuller, Pennant, Upson, Crouch, Jerome, Woodgate.

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5.5 6
      Defenders
      5 6
      5.3 6
      Yellow Card 5.3 7
      Yellow Card 5 6
      Midfielders
      5.9 7
      Substitution Out88′ 6.1 6
      Substitution Out74′ 5.1 7
      Yellow Card Substitution Out59′ 4.2 6
      Strikers
      Goal 6.3 8
      5.6 7
      Subs
      Substitution In88′ 3.5 5
      Substitution In74′ 2.3 5
      Substitution In59′ 6 5
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6 6
      Defenders
      6.2 7
      6.4 7
      Goal 6.7 7
      6.3 6
      Midfielders
      6 7
      5.9 7
      Substitution Out81′ 7 6
      Substitution Out62′ 6.4 5
      Strikers
      6.5 6
      Substitution Out62′ 5.5 5
      Subs
      Substitution In62′ 6.5 6
      Substitution In62′ 6.6 5
      Substitution In81′ 6.6 5