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Stiliyan Petrov is booked.
Robert Huth finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 2-1 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
Stiliyan Petrov challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from right wing.
Richard Dunne challenges Kenwyne Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glenn Whelan fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Glenn Whelan has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Headed effort from inside the area by Robert Huth misses to the right of the goal.
Jermaine Pennant takes a inswinging corner.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Danny Collins. Stephen Warnock produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target. Emile Heskey comes on in place of Gabriel Agbonlahor. Glenn Whelan replaces Rory Delap.
Nigel Reo-Coker takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Collins.
Unfair challenge on Danny Collins by Ashley Young results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Comfortable save by Brad Friedel.
Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, Kenwyne Jones scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Stoke 1-1 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
Ashley Young fouled by Abdoulaye Faye, the ref awards a free kick. Stewart Downing takes the free kick.
Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Abdoulaye Faye misses to the left of the goal.
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.
Short corner worked by Ashley Young.
Ashley Young fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Ricardo Fuller goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Robert Huth. Jermaine Pennant is brought on as a substitute for Marc Wilson. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.
Stiliyan Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Whitehead. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
Ricardo Fuller is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Walters.
Corner from right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington. Shot from just outside the box by Rory Delap goes over the bar.
Marc Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Young. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Unfair challenge on Luke Young by Rory Delap results in a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by James Collins.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Abdoulaye Faye on Gabriel Agbonlahor. James Collins takes the direct free kick.
Rory Delap fouled by Marc Albrighton, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line, clearance by James Collins.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Dunne on Jonathan Walters. Matthew Etherington takes the direct free kick.
Short corner taken by Ashley Young.
Corner taken short by Ashley Young.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton by Danny Collins. Danny Collins booked for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen. Stephen Warnock takes a shot. Dean Whitehead gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young.
James Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Whitehead. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
James Collins takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the right by-line, clearance by Dean Whitehead.
Ashley Young produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Shot by Dean Whitehead from a long way out goes over the net.
Stewart Downing finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Jonathan Walters handles the ball and concedes a free kick. James Collins takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Kenwyne Jones. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Matthew Etherington.
Effort from outside the area by Stewart Downing goes wide right of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line to the near post, Gabriel Agbonlahor manages to make a clearance.
Marc Albrighton produces a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Close range headed effort by Kenwyne Jones goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.
Marc Albrighton challenges Abdoulaye Faye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Kenwyne Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Dunne. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Shot from just outside the area by Marc Albrighton misses to the right of the target.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.
Foul by Stephen Warnock on Kenwyne Jones, free kick awarded. Stephen Warnock receives a caution. A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington, Ryan Shawcross takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.
Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
Danny Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Albrighton. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Foul by Marc Wilson on Stiliyan Petrov, free kick awarded. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.
Robert Huth takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.
Stewart Downing gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth. Matthew Etherington restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Rory Delap offside. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
Danny Collins challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
The match gets underway.
The referee gets the second half started.
The match has reached full-time.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier will not be in charge of his side`s
Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke on Monday night.
Houllier was due to meet Villa`s players on Sunday before flying back
home to tie up the loose ends with the French Football Federation after
quitting as their technical director to take over in the West Midlands.
The former Liverpool boss will also miss next Saturday's home match with
Bolton - although he hopes to attend - and is looking at being at the
helm for the Carling Cup game with Blackburn on Wednesday week, although
he will be assisted by caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald.
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He said: "I have to go back. I have a very important meeting Monday,
"Even if I wanted to take a private jet out (to the Stoke game) it
wouldn't be possible.
"I apologise for that but I will be watching the game on television.
"If all goes to plan the Carling Cup match with be the first game I pick
the team for.
"But I will do that with Kevin obviously. I think Kevin will stay
alongside me (for that game)."
MacDonald has already indicated he does not want to be part of
Houllier's first-team coaching set up and will instead return to his
role as reserve-team manager.
The former Liverpool midfielder will check on the fitness of Stephen
Ireland (hamstring) before finalising the side to face Stoke.
Ireland suffered a hamstring injury during the warm-up to the 1-0 win
over Everton a fortnight ago and was replaced by Nigel Reo-Coker.
Midfielder Steve Sidwell could come into contention after playing 90
minutes for the reserves in midweek following his recovery from an
Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is hopeful of being able to play
against his former club after missing Denmark's Euro 2012 qualifier on
Tuesday due to an infection in an elbow problem he sustained against
Transfer deadline day signings Eidur Gudjohnsen, Jermaine Pennant and
Marc Wilson may have to settle for a place on the bench.
But arguably Stoke`s biggest boost is the news that summer signing
Kenwyne Jones is fit to start.
The Trinidad and Tobago international striker injured an ankle on the
opening day of the season against Wolves and, after missing the home
game against Tottenham, he returned at Chelsea but was not 100%.
"The injury came at the best time because having the international break
has given me the time to get fit, so I guess my season starts on Monday
night," Jones said.
"It was possibly the worst thing that could happen to me but I've had to
deal with it, it has come and gone.
"Sometimes these things in football happen - at the time I thought it
was serious but thankfully it wasn't - and you have to deal with it.
"I look forward to every game but, at the same time, it is going to be
"I'm not really concentrating on Villa, we have to concentrate on what
we are going to do and how we are going to win the game."
Meanwhile, Potters boss Tony Pulis has warned new arrivals Gudjohnsen,
Pennant and Wilson they have to pull their weight or they will be
spending plenty of time on the sidelines.
Pulis has admitted the trio are slightly behind their colleagues in
terms of fitness.
They have had the international break to acclimatise to the Stoke way of
doing things but the real test will come on match day, with all three
expected to be in the squad for the visit of Villa.
Pulis, who has always emphasised how strong a team unit he has, demands
no less than 100% effort and commitment from his players and that is
something the newcomers are getting to grips with.
"We need Eidur, Jermaine and Marc to understand it is all about the team
and not individuals and [they have] to throw off the shackles of
individuality and join the group - that is what it is all about," said
Pulis, whose side have yet to register a point from their first three
"We've been together for a long time and we have been successful because
we are a club and have stuck together in difficult times and we will do
the same this time around."
Stoke stun Villa
Defender Robert Huth snatched an injury-time winner as Stoke came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium and get their season off and running.
Club-record signing Kenwyne Jones had earlier marked his home debut with an equaliser to Stewart Downing's 35th-minute header on an emotional night for the Potters.
Manager Tony Pulis missed the first half after the death of his mother earlier in the day but returned after the interval, while new Villa boss Gerard Houllier was absent due to his commitments with the French Football Federation.
Houllier hopes to be in the dug-out for Saturday's game against Bolton but caretaker Kevin McDonald has done an admirable job in trying circumstances since Martin O'Neill walked out on the eve of the season.
Monday night Premier League football has not been kind to Stoke in the past, having failed to score on both previous occasions when they played.
However, the opposite had been true for Villa heading into the match, and they had lost only one of their last 13 top-flight matches at the start of the week.
It seemed that statistic was going to be tested early on as Stoke dominated but could not make their pressure pay.
By contrast, once Villa scored it was all one-way traffic until half-time.
A breakneck pace suited Stoke's high-energy game and they had a number of half-chances, with Robert Huth's shot deflecting off Stephen Warnock to present Brad Friedel with a comfortable save.
Jones had an impressive first appearance in front of his own fans and looked a constant threat to Villa, forcing Friedel into an 11th-minute save having been put through by the deadline-day arrival from Portsmouth, Marc Wilson.
Having headed Matt Etherington's right-wing corner wide, Jones then produced a brilliant piece of skill to chest down Thomas Sorensen's clearance and hit a swerving 25-yard left-footed volley on the turn which the Villa goalkeeper had to parry away.
Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton's received a talking-to for appearing to swipe Dean Whitehead around the head and from that point until the break the visitors took control.
Gabriel Agbonlahor's 35th-minute curling left-footed cross to the far post caught Huth in two minds and he chose the wrong option as he stepped towards the ball only to see it sail over him.
Downing timed his run and dive to perfection, planting a low curling header past Sorensen and in off the right post.
Stoke felt they had justifiable claims for a penalty moments later when James Collins seemed to handle under pressure from Jones but Probert waved away appeals.
Ashley Young should then have put Villa further ahead only to head wide from close range from Agbonlahor's cross when it looked easier to score.
As the half drew to a close Sorensen was the busier goalkeeper, batting away James Collins' close-range drive and then clawing out another Downing effort.
Pulis made an emotional appearance for the second half to take up his position in the technical area, immediately giving the crowd and his team a lift.
Five minutes after the restart Friedel kept out Jones' header from Etherington's free-kick, with the goalkeeper then pawing away Rory Delap's long throw under pressure from the Trinidad and Tobago international as Etherington's follow-up was blocked.
Stoke were back in the ascendancy but their hard work was almost undone by a misunderstanding between Ryan Shawcross and Sorensen which resulted in the goalkeeper blasting the ball at Nigel Reo-Coker and back over his own crossbar.
However their endeavour finally paid off in the 80th minute when Ricardo Fuller combined with Etherington on the left of the penalty area and the winger sent over the ideal cross for Jones to head home.
The former Sunderland striker pulled out his trademark somersault celebration but despite the equaliser Stoke still had to be alert and Shawcross deflected Reo-Coker's shot behind in the last five minutes.
Substitute Ricardo Fuller's response was to twist his way into the area before forcing a save out of Friedel.
Deep into three minutes of injury-time Jermaine Pennant's free-kick dropped to Etherington and his shot was deflected in by Huth to secure the home side's first win of the season.
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