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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Eric Lichaj. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Emile Heskey on for Chris Herd.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Jonathan Walters. Rory Delap leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Fuller. Alan Hutton takes the direct free kick.
Peter Crouch is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.
Shot from just outside the box by Chris Herd goes over the bar.
The referee shows James Collins a yellow card.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Charles N'Zogbia coming on for Barry Bannan.
Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland. Barry Bannan restarts play with the free kick.
Gary Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant. Jermaine Pennant produces a cross, Robert Huth finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Aston Villa 1-1 Stoke.Assist by Jermaine Pennant.
Foul by Stephen Ireland on Wilson Palacios, free kick awarded. Robert Huth takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant played to the near post, clearance by Gary Gardner.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Peter Crouch coming on for Kenwyne Jones. Jermaine Pennant joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Etherington.
Gary Gardner comes on in place of Stephen Warnock.
Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Header by Robert Huth from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Barry Bannan results in a free kick. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Eric Lichaj.
Gabriel Agbonlahor fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Bannan delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington, Header on goal by Jonathan Walters from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Wilson Palacios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
Andreas Weimann challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Close range header by Robert Huth misses to the right of the target.
Wilson Palacios takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Warnock.
Ryan Shotton crosses the ball, save by Shay Given.
Rory Delap fouled by Eric Lichaj, the ref awards a free kick. Eric Lichaj goes into the referee's book. Wilson Palacios takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Matthew Etherington on Barry Bannan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Shay Given.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan to the near post, Effort on goal by James Collins from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Kenwyne Jones.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Warnock.
Rory Delap challenges Stephen Warnock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
Andreas Weimann finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke.Assist by Stephen Ireland.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the right by-line, James Collins takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Rory Delap takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the left by-line, save by Asmir Begovic.
Stephen Ireland is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Robert Huth.
James Collins delivers the ball, Ryan Shotton manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Kenwyne Jones from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the right by-line, James Collins takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. James Collins takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Rory Delap crosses the ball, Kenwyne Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
The ball is swung over by Jonathan Walters, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shotton by Stephen Warnock. Stephen Warnock receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Wilson Palacios.
A cross is delivered by Rory Delap, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
McLeish sees bright future for Villa
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish believes the crop of youngsters coming through the club's ranks means there is plenty to look forward to in the future.
The Scot used six players aged 23 or under for Saturday's 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield, in which Chris Herd's 10th-minute goal was cancelled out by a late Luis Suarez strike.
Herd and Eric Lichaj, both 23, Barry Bannan, 22, and Nathan Baker, 20, all started while Andreas Weimann, 20, Gary Gardner and Samir Carruthers, both 19, came off the bench.
The average age of Villa's outfield substitutes was just 19 and a half and McLeish hopes all his younger players will develop into reliable first-team regulars.
"The first half performance was great and I'm very proud of the young players, helped by the experienced players in the team," he said.
"Sometimes you have to find out the hard way when you are not sure if they are ready and then they go and produce performances like that.
"In terms of their application we know that is the first thing we ask from them but when they show us some of the qualities they have done in terms of possession and what we expect from them then they have done well.
"Andreas Weimann came off with an injury last weekend and did not train all week and we felt it was a risk to start him after his performance against Chelsea.
"Gary Gardner did not train all week due to a virus and these young boys are doing Villa proud, they will run their hearts out for the club.
"They are real young lions and a credit to the academy. Nathan Baker looks like he could be a great young centre-half.
"There are so many I can mention - Samir Carruthers came on as a sub and had the cheek to take on Stevie Gerrard on the right wing but I suppose that shows the confidence of the young players.
"They really have high opinions of themselves without being too cocky.
"Chris Herd has had to get a fast-track in the Premier League and you can see the progress he has made and he scored a terrific goal."
The point at Anfield ended a run of two defeats and eased some of the worries about the club being sucked into a late relegation battle.
They have little time to recover as they host Stoke at Villa Park.
Forward Andreas Weimann is in contention for a recall. The Austrian came off the bench against Liverpool having not trained all week because of an ankle injury.
Midfielder Gary Gardner was also a used substitute despite struggling with a virus.
Meanwhile, Stoke midfielder Dean Whitehead believes there are few strikers in the top flight better than Peter Crouch at the moment.
Crouch headed home the winner from Jermaine Pennant's free-kick in the Potters' 2-1 home victory over Wolves to take his goal tally for the campaign to 13 in all competitions.
In the previous game at the Britannia Stadium, a 1-1 draw with Manchester City, he volleyed in a contender for goal of the season and there has been plenty of talk about whether or not the 31-year-old should be given an England recall in time for Euro 2012.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis said that if the decision was his, "game changer" Crouch would certainly be going to the tournament.
And the tall frontman has also received praise from his team-mate Whitehead, who feels he is right up there with the best in the Barclays Premier League.
"I thought the front lads were absolutely brilliant (against Wolves)," Whitehead told the club's official website.
"Crouchy and Jon (Walters) never stopped all game, and the deliveries from the wingers (Pennant and Matthew Etherington) were top notch as always.
"When you give players like Crouchy that sort of quality, they are going to score goals.
"He has scored quite a few recently, and I really don't think there are many better than him in the league at the moment."
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is set to freshen up his side for the clash at Villa Park.
Among the changes could be defender Andy Wilkinson, who had been nursing a groin complaint in the build-up to Saturday's game and was not a part of the matchday squad.
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