Stoke City 1 - 3 Aston Villa

Match info: Premier League at Bet365 Stadium

Date: 06/04/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Clattenburg Att: 27,544

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Michael Kightly 80


A Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor 9
Matthew Lowton 87
Christian Benteke 90+1

FT (ht: 0-1)

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  • Stoke 1 Aston Villa 3. All over and Villa claim a vital victory which lifts them out of the drop zone and drags Stoke into trouble.

  • Benteke with a clever flick. Emotions boiling over as NZonzi clatters into a rash tackle. Stoke need to make sure they end this game with 11 men on the field. Final few seconds now being played out.

  • Lambert still pointing out what he wants from his players. No way they are going to mess this up now. Villa are on their way to a third win in four. They have found form at just the right time.

  • Foul by Adam on N'Zogbia, for which he sees yellow. All gone wrong for Stoke. Fans flooding through the exits at the Britannia Stadium.

  • GOAL VILLA - BENTEKE. Game over as Benteke makes it three. With Stoke pushing men forward, they leave gaping holes at the back. Benteke is sprung clear. He keeps his composure to slide under Begovic.

  • Another long throw sent into the Villa box, this time from Cameron, Vlaar able to smuggle the ball clear. Kightly picks it up, but his cross is cleared. Villa dropping very deep.

  • Shawcross slides in at the back post, but diverts the ball over the crossbar. Whistle had gone anyway, with Jerome pulled up for a foul on Guzan. Villa survive.

  • Surely that is three points wrapped up for Villa. They only need to sit tight and pick up a welcome win. They concede a corner though. Nervy finish on the cards.

  • GOAL VILLA - LOWTON. What a goal from Lowton! And what an important one for Villa. Unstoppable volley from the full-back. A corner is cleared to 30 yards from goal, but is returned with interest into the top corner.

  • Benteke flicks a long ball on, but ends up diverting it away from a run from Bent. Villa haven't clicked up top this afternoon. As I say that, Benteke and N'Zogbia win a corner.

  • Final change of the afternoon sees Weimann make way for Bent. Maybe Villa feel they can grab a second and three much-needed points.

  • Adam goes down under a Baker challenge on the edge of the box, just left of centre. Great chance for Stoke to test Guzan, or grab a winner. Pulis bouncing around on the touchline. Jerome goes for power, and hammers high and wide. What a waste.

  • Poor pass from Benteke, who has dropped very deep looking for the ball. Better from Stoke, as Adam floats the ball over the top. Cameron well forward, and claims handball inside the box. Nothing given.

  • Villa throw on a pair of experienced legs in the form of N'Zogbia. Bowery, who had a great chance at the start of the second half, makes his way off.

  • Suddenly the Stoke fans are back on side and are calling on their side to go looking for a winner. More misery for Villa, who have had enough chances to put this result beyond doubt.

  • GOAL STOKE - KIGHTLY. The hosts level things up. Two subs with a big part to play here. Adam starts the move, feeding Walters. Adam is then able to poke the ball through to Kightly, who sweeps the ball past Guzan from 10 yards out.

  • Delph loses the ball inside his own half. Jones bundles into the box. Villa struggling to clear their lines. Jones claims a penalty, but gets nothing. Delph eventually able to clear.

  • Adam's first touch sees him knock the ball out of play. Fresh legs, same old problems for Stoke. Pulis has now played his full hand. Has he got enough on the field to claim a point. No Owen or Crouch for the Potters today - two men with proven records.

  • Final change for Stoke sees Adam enter the fold. It's not NZonzi to make way, but Shotton. Ironic cheers as he makes his way from the field.

  • NZonzi with another terrible touch, as he loops the ball up into the air. If anyone should come off for Stoke, it's him. Potters are able to move forward, with Walters winning a throw down by the corner flag. Long throw from Shotton punched clear by Guzan.


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