Aston Villa 1 - 4 Stoke City

Match info: Premier League at Villa Park

Date: 23/03/2014 KO: 16:00 Ref: Att: 30,292

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

A Villa

Christian Benteke 5



Peter Odemwingie 22
Peter Crouch 26
Steven N'Zonzi 42
Geoff Cameron 90

FT (ht: 1-3)

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  • That was a stunning display from Stoke, who showed great belief in their manager's philosophy despite falling behind to Benteke's opening goal. They kept passing patiently and simply outplayed an inexperienced Villa line-up, who lost their heads after the break, with five players seeing yellow throughout the game.

  • That's full time - and it's Aston Villa 1 Stoke City 4.

  • Stoke have controlled stoppage time - and the game in its entirety since they equalised. Peter Crouch is named Niall Quinn's man of the match.

  • GOAL! Arnautovic breezes past Bacuna down the left flank then pulls the ball back to Cameron, who makes no mistake with a sidefooted finish into the back of the net.

  • 4-1 Stoke. Geoff Cameron.

  • The Villa fans are flooding towards the exits - must be gutted after such a fine start for them.

  • Shawcross gives away a free-kick after manhandling Holt. Bacuna stands over it but sends a 25-yard effort high and wide of the target. Begovic was never worried.

  • Arnautovic breaks clear in a one on one with Guzan, but sees the offside flag go up. Lucky escape for Villa there.

  • Palacios tries a direct pass for Odemwingie but Guzan reads it well and collects the ball easily.

  • Now Baker is booked for a foul on Nzonzi - but he's been flirting with that for a while and Clattenburg has had enough. That's five Villa players in the book now.

  • Stoke take their time over a free-kick, which Arnautovic sends over the crossbar from about 30 yards out.

  • Bacuna goes into the book for a rash tackle on Odemwingie. Stoke playing this perfectly as Villa can't get any momentum going.

  • Villa are camped in the Stoke half now and a free-kick is well cleared by the visiting defence.

  • We have a change for Stoke, with Muniesa coming on for the injured Pieters.

  • Pieters hobbles off the pitch and we're underway again.

  • Pieters is down and needs treatment after a collision with Albrighton. You sense he's trying to slow the game down.

  • Lambert makes his final throw of the dice, sending on Holt for the ineffective Westwood. Albrighton goes to the right, Agbonlahor to the left, so Villa will go two up front and be more direct.

  • Clattenburg finally penalises some strong Villa tackling, with Albrighton going into the book for a foul on Palacios.

  • Vlaar then gets away with one at the other end as he blocks Nzonzi from getting the ball in the box, only to see the Stoke man adjudged to have fouled him.

  • Villa win a corner which Vlaar challenges for and the ball heads narrowly over the bar - but the whistle blows.


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