Game | #5514 | 

Seasons | 2018-19 |

Matchday | #24 |
League Game | #22 |
Manager Game | #10 |
Saturday, 15 December 2018
Football League | Championship | Home | Stoke City | Villa Park | 36,999 |

Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Peter Bankes | 

 HT Score | 0-0 | 
 FT Score | 2-2 | 
 FT Result | Drew | 

Last 5 Games | WDWDD | 

Scorers | Tammy Abraham | 73’ (pen) | Jonathan Kodija | 84’ |

Assists | Yannick Bolasie | 84’ |

 League Position | 8th | - | 

Line Up |

GK Ørjan Nyland |
RB Ahmed El Mohamady |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB James Chester |
CB Axel Tuanzebe |
M John McGinn |
BOOKED | 90'+5 |
M Conor Hourihane |
M Glenn Whelan |
SUB OFF | 85' |
W Yannick Bolasie | ASSIST | 84' |
W Anwar El Ghazi | SUB OFF | 66' |
CF Tammy Abraham | GOAL | 73' |

Substitutes |

CF Jonathan Kodija GOAL | 84' | BOOKED | 82' | for W Anwar El Ghazi | 66’ | 
F Scott Hogan for M Glenn Whelan | 85’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
RB James Bree
CF Keinan Davis
F Callum O’Hare
CB Dominic Revan

Cards |

 Yellow | Jonathan Kodija for a bad foul | 82’ |

 Yellow | John McGinn | 90’+5 |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.83 | 

Oldest Player | M Glenn Whelan | 34.95 |

Youngest Player | CB Axel Tuanzebe | 21.05 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

M Birkir Bjarnasson |

M Henri Lansbury |

W Albert Adomah |

M Mile Jedinak |

LB Neil Taylor |

M Jack Grealish | 


Loaned Out |

M Gary Gardner | Birmingham City | 9 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

GK Jed Steer | Charlton Athletic | 10 August 2018 - 31 December 2018 |

RB Mitchell Clark | Port Vale | 16 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

CB Easah Suliman | FC Emmen | 17 August 2018 - 28 December 2018 |

M Aaron Tshibola | Kilmarnock | 29 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

W André Green | Portsmouth | 29 August 2018 - 17 January 2019 |

CB Tommy Elphick | Hull City | 31 August 2018 - 29 December 2018 | 

RB Richie De Laet | Melbourne City | 14 September 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

CF Ross McCormack | Central Coast Mariners | 19 September 2018 - 5 January 2019 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 57
Possession A | 43
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 16
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 16

Match Report

Sky Sports

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Jonathan Kodjia came to Aston Villa’s rescue to salvage a point in a 2-2 Sky Bet Championship home draw with Stoke.


Stoke twice took the lead but Kodjia demonstrated his value by winning a 73rd-minute penalty, scored by Tammy Abraham, and then notching the equaliser.

 

Joe Allen, who impressed for Stoke, opened the scoring two minutes into the second half and Benik Afobe hit the other from the penalty spot 13 minutes from time for the Potters.

 

But it was Kodjia who saved Villa in the 84th minute to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.
 

Aston Villa missed Jack Grealish in midfield but it did not limit their attacking options with Scotland international John McGinn making an immediate impression.

 

Allen went close to giving Stoke an early lead but his close-range effort went into the side netting.
 

The Potters were clearly the more dangerous attacking unit and Orjan Nyland had to show great agility to keep out a goalbound shot from Cuco Martina.
 

Villa were kept in check and Abraham, who had scored eight goals in seven games, was closely shackled by Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross.
 

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland had to be on his toes to flip a free-kick from Conor Hourihane over the crossbar.
 

Axel Tuanzebe then failed to make clean contact with a header from Glenn Whelan’s left-wing corner.
 

But two minutes into the second half, Stoke caught Villa cold.
 

James McLean robbed Alan Hutton before sending over a cross which found the unmarked Allen to rifle past Orjan Nyland.
 

Kodjia was then introduced in the 66th minute and did not need long to make an impact as he was brought down in the box by Erik Peters and Abraham stepped up to convert the spot kick.
 

Stoke regained the lead five minutes later when Ahamed Elmohamady needlessly tripped McLean and Afobe made no mistake with the resulting penalty.
 

Kodjia then rescued a point when he deftly headed home a right-wing cross from Yannick Bolasie six minutes from time.
The managers

 

Dean Smith:”Kodjia can feel disappointed he has not played since the Nottingham Forest game. I decided to rest him but he took his chance against Stoke by winning a penalty and then notching his header for the equaliser. We badly needed something to happen and that is why he was sent on because they had the lead.
 

“Although we had a lot of possession in the second half we were finding it difficult to create anything clear cut. They became a threat on the counter attack with the pace of Allen and (James) McClean and that is why we decided to take off (Anwar) El Ghazi and send on Kodjia who did a great job.”