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  • Date:26 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance:27,739
Goal!

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93mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Albrighton on Robert Huth. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

91mins

Nathan Delfouneso is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

91mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenwyne Jones on Carlos Cuellar. James Collins takes the free kick.

90mins

Jonathan Walters produces a cross, clearance by Richard Dunne.

89mins

Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Rory Delap takes a shot. James Collins manages to make a clearance.

88mins

Charles N'Zogbia challenges Ryan Shotton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Shotton restarts play with the free kick.

87mins

The ball is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.

85mins

Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by James Collins results in a free kick. Marc Wilson takes the free kick. Robert Huth takes a shot.

83mins

Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.

82mins

The ball is delivered by Ciaran Clark, Ryan Shotton manages to make a clearance.

81mins

Shot from 35 yards by Stiliyan Petrov went harmlessly over the net.

80mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton played to the near post, clearance made by Dean Whitehead. Charles N'Zogbia takes the outswinging corner, Robert Huth makes a clearance.

79mins

Booking for Rory Delap for unsporting behaviour. Corner taken by Matthew Etherington.

78mins

Charles N'Zogbia produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

77mins

The ball is delivered by Jermaine Pennant.

74mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Delap on Stiliyan Petrov. Charles N'Zogbia produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.

70mins

Jonathan Walters is caught offside. Jermaine Pennant comes on in place of Jonathan Woodgate. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

69mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line, Marc Wilson takes a shot.

69mins

Nathan Delfouneso is ruled offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.

66mins

Charles N'Zogbia has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal. Rory Delap is brought on as a substitute for Wilson Palacios.

65mins

Centre by Marc Albrighton.

64mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor fouled by Wilson Palacios, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.

62mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

62mins

Carlos Cuellar delivers the ball, save by Thomas Sorensen.

56mins

Foul by Dean Whitehead on Charles N'Zogbia, free kick awarded. Dean Whitehead is shown a yellow card. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick.

55mins

Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

54mins

Jonathan Walters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.

53mins

The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen. Short corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the left by-line. Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball, Jonathan Walters fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.

51mins

The ball is delivered by Ryan Shotton, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Etherington, James Collins manages to make a clearance.

49mins

Jonathan Walters delivers the ball.

47mins

Dean Whitehead challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Collins takes the direct free kick.

46mins

Emile Heskey leaves the field to be replaced by Nathan Delfouneso.

43mins

Ryan Shotton sends in a cross.

42mins

Foul by Ciaran Clark on Wilson Palacios, free kick awarded. Robert Huth restarts play with the free kick.

41mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Charles N'Zogbia. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

40mins

Effort on goal by Stiliyan Petrov from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

38mins

Charles N'Zogbia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Woodgate. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.

37mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Kenwyne Jones. Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Dean Whitehead gets a block in.

35mins

Stephen Warnock delivers the ball.

32mins

Jonathan Walters crosses the ball, save by Bradley Guzan.

31mins

Foul by Wilson Palacios on Stiliyan Petrov, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.

31mins

Jonathan Woodgate delivers the ball, Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

31mins

Wilson Palacios fouled by Emile Heskey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonathan Woodgate.

30mins

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Gabriel Agbonlahor misses to the left of the target.

28mins

Emile Heskey concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Huth. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

28mins

Jonathan Woodgate concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.

26mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Stephen Warnock. The ball is swung over by Dean Whitehead, Robert Huth has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

24mins

Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Whitehead.

23mins

Robert Huth challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Huth is booked. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.

20mins

Charles N'Zogbia takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Dean Whitehead. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia played to the near post, Emile Heskey has a headed effort at goal from close in that strikes the post.

13mins

A cross is delivered by Jonathan Walters, clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.

12mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Charles N'Zogbia. Jonathan Woodgate takes the direct free kick.

11mins

Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, Jonathan Woodgate manages to make a clearance.

10mins

The ball is sent over by Charles N'Zogbia, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance. Marc Albrighton decides to take the corner short.

10mins

Unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Kenwyne Jones results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

9mins

Ryan Shotton produces a cross, clearance by Stephen Warnock.

7mins

Marc Albrighton crosses the ball.

6mins

The ball is swung over by Emile Heskey, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.

5mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. James Collins takes the free kick.

4mins

Emile Heskey fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

3mins

Ryan Shotton delivers the ball, Stephen Warnock gets a block in.

2mins

Centre by Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

1mins

Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Stiliyan Petrov. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line to the near post, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance.

Match Preview

Pulis backs McLeish to lift Villa Stoke boss Tony Pulis believes Aston Villa could be a big success under Alex McLeish - if the Scot is given time. McLeish is still to win over a significant proportion of Villa fans having defected from cross-city rivals Birmingham in the summer. Villa have had a mixed campaign to date and sit 12th in the Barclays Premier League ahead of their Boxing Day trip to the Britannia Stadium. Pulis feels fans must show patience towards the former Scotland and Rangers boss as the club remain in transition following the departure of their two previous managers in quick succession. Pulis said: "I have got a lot of respect for Alex. It is a great job but it's a tough job and he has gone there from their rivals. It's never easy doing that. "But have a look at his record, when he was up in Scotland and when he came down here. It's first class. "Just give him time and patience. They're two very difficult words to stick to in football but he needs time, like we all do. "He needs to time to put his mark and his stamp on the football club. "Give him a couple of years and I am sure that club will be a strong, vibrant, successful club. You just can't turn it round overnight." Stoke are five points better off than Villa in eighth and, by their standards, have made a brilliant start to the season. They did have an indifferent spell from mid-October to mid-November but prior to their midweek loss at leaders Manchester City they had won four in succession and they have also reached the Europa League last 32. Because of that McLeish has labelled Stoke the favourites ahead of Monday's clash - a rare tag for a game between the two near-neighbours - but Pulis is not accepting it. He said: "Managers talk so much blarney! "Alex is a manager and I'm a manager. You try to take pressure off your own club and your own players when you go into games, so I won't be taking any notice of Alex. "They have got great players and we are expecting a really tough game." Stoke striker Peter Crouch is expected to be back in contention after illness. Darren Bent has revealed his determination to increase his goals per game ratio for Villa as he set his sights on being part of England's Euro 2012 squad next summer. Bent has resumed training after missing the last two games with a thigh problem and is expected to return at Stoke. He angered some fans by going shopping during the latter stages of the Liverpool game on Sunday. But the striker has since apologised for upsetting any supporters and now has his thoughts on boosting his goal tally. The 27-year-old scored nine goals in 16 games last season after his #18million move from Sunderland - an average of one every 1.77 matches. But he has been on target five times in 14 appearances during the current campaign - a ratio of one every 2.8 games. Bent said: "Throughout my career, I've always maintained a one-in-two ratio and at the moment it's virtually one every three games this season. "I could easily be in double figures and had numerous chances this season but for some reason it just hasn't been happening. "But all it takes is a goal here and there and things will kick back into place. "As long as the chances keep coming, I'm confident I can score regularly." Bent missed out on selection for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups while England did not qualify for Euro 2008. He has become a regular part of the side during 2012 after a run of four goals in five internationals but is taking nothing for granted. Bent said: "I'd love to be part of a major tournament with England but I never take anything for granted or count my chickens. "I suppose I'm like that because a lot has happened to me with England squads. "I missed out on the 2006 and 2010 World Cups after being in contention beforehand. "But I just hope I do myself justice, play well for Villa, and keep hold of the shirt and stay part of the squad." In addition to Bent, striker Emile Heskey (Achilles) and central defender James Collins (knee) are also expected to be fit.

Formation:442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

Formation: 442Manager: Alex McLeish

Aston Villa

  • Thomas Sorensen
  • Jonathan Woodgate
  • Robert Huth
  • Ryan Shawcross
  • Marc Wilson
  • Ryan Shotton
  • Wilson Palacios
  • Dean Whitehead
  • Matthew Etherington
  • Kenwyne Jones
  • Jonathan Walters
  • SUBS
  • Asmir Begovic
  • Salif Diao
  • Jermaine Pennant
  • Matthew Upson
  • Rory Delap
  • Andy Wilkinson
  • Cameron Jerome

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Match Report

Potters held at home Marc Wilson came agonisingly close to grabbing a scarcely deserved winner for Stoke as they played out a goalless draw with midlands rivals Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium. With Peter Crouch and Darren Bent unable to make their returns from illness and injury respectively, both sides lacked attacking quality in the first half, although Villa did hit the woodwork through Emile Heskey, who was subsequently forced off with a recurrence of his Achilles problem. There were chances at either end as a poor game opened up somewhat after the interval, and Wilson almost broke the deadlock in the 69th minute when his header - from Matthew Etherington's corner - struck the underside of the bar before being bundled away by Gabriel Agbonlahor, with replays suggesting the whole of the ball was not over the line. Defeat would have been harsh on Villa, who belied their recent frailties from set-pieces by defiantly standing up to a Stoke side renowned for their aerial prowess. Indeed, Alex McLeish may feel his side should have taken all three points after seeing them create the better chances from open play in a match low on quality but high on endeavour. Villa remain 12th in the Barclays Premier League table, five points behind Stoke in eighth. The Potters, who had won four league games in a row for the first time prior to Wednesday's defeat at Manchester City, started the match brightly and Robert Huth headed over an Etherington cross in the second minute. Heskey came agonisingly close to putting Villa ahead in the 21st minute, his header from Charles N'Zogbia's corner striking Thomas Sorensen's left-hand post with the goalkeeper well beaten. After becoming the first player to be booked, for a disputed foul on Agbonlahor, Huth then went close again, having been picked out at the far post by Dean Whitehead's free-kick. The away team enjoyed a decent spell prior to the interval and Stiliyan Petrov blasted an effort wide following another break sparked by Ciaran Clark's thunderous challenge on Whitehead. Stoke responded, however, and Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan was forced to make a vital interception at Kenwyne Jones' feet after the Trinidadian striker had looked to get on the end of his own flick-on. Heskey failed to emerge for the second half, so Nathan Delfouneso was introduced by McLeish. After Carlos Cuellar had produced an important header at the back post to prevent Jonathan Walters from connecting with Ryan Shotton's cross, the substitute came close to giving Villa the lead in the 53rd minute. Agbonlahor broke clear down the left before squaring for his strike partner, but Delfouneso's toe-poked finish was blocked by Sorensen with his legs. Unsurprisingly, Stoke's main threat continued to come from dead-ball situations and Huth headed over for a third time, from an Etherington corner, shortly after the hour mark had passed. Villa, however, remained sporadically dangerous in open play and N'Zogbia dragged a right-footed shot wide of the near post after cutting in from the left flank. Stoke were left cursing their luck moments later as Wilson met Etherington's centre with a firm header from 10 yards out, only to be denied by a combination of crossbar and Agbonlahor. Sorensen fumbled a tame N'Zogbia free-kick in the 75th minute, but no visiting player was in a position to take advantage. With long throw specialist Rory Delap having been introduced in place of Wilson Palacios, Villa were forced to face an increasing aerial bombardment in the closing stages. Yet it was the visitors who arguably looked more likely to snatch all three points as they attacked with pace and vigour. A late Delap throw almost brought joy for Stoke, but Petrov's header drifted narrowly wide of his own goal.

Form Guide

    LWWWWL
  • Stoke
  • VS
  • Aston Villa
  • LDLWLL

Last Meetings

  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 1
  • Stoke
  • 23/04/2011
  • Stoke
  • 2 - 1
  • Aston Villa
  • 13/09/2010
  • Stoke
  • 0 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 13/03/2010
  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 19/12/2009
  • Aston Villa
  • 2 - 2
  • Stoke
  • 01/03/2009
  • Stoke
  • 3 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 23/08/2008

Top Scorers

Stoke

  • P Crouch 4
  • R Delap 2
  • M Etherington 2
  • J Walters 2
  • G Whelan 1
  • R Huth 1
  • K Jones 1
  • R Shawcross 1
  • R Shotton 1

Aston Villa

  • G Agbonlahor 5
  • D Bent 4
  • S Petrov 3
  • M Albrighton 2
  • E Heskey 1
  • R Dunne 1
  • S Warnock 1

Goals

Stoke

    • Total goals 46
    • Goals per game 18
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 19
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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