Game | #5378 | 

Season | 2015-16 |

Matchday | #33 |
League Game | #27 |
Premier League Match-week | #27 |  
Manager Game | #19 |
Saturday, 27 February 2016
Premier League | Away | Stoke City | Britannia Stadium | 27,703 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Remi Garde | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Kevin Friend | 
HT Score | 0-0 |

FT Score | 1-2 |
FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LLWLL | 

Scorers | Leandro Bacuna | 79’ |
Assists | Rudy Gestede | 79’ |

League Position | 20th | - |

Line Up |

GK Mark Bunn |
RB Aly Cissokho |
RB Alan Hutton |
BOOKED | 45' |
CB Jores Okore | BOOKED | 90' |
CB Joleon Lescott |
M Jordan Veretout |
SUB OFF | 77' |
M Ashley Westwood |
M Idrissa Gueye |
BOOKED | 36' |
M Leandro Bacuna | GOAL | 79' |
W Carles Gil | SUB OFF | 58' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor |

Substitutes |

F Scott Sinclair for W Carles Gil | 58’ | 
F Rudy Gestede 
ASSIST | 79' | for M Jordan Veretout | 77’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Brad Guzan
CB Micah Richards
CB Ciaran Clark
W André Green
M Jordan Lyden

Cards |

 Yellow | Idrissa Gueye | 36’ |

 Yellow | Alan Hutton | 45’ |

 Yellow | Jores Okore | 90’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.34 | 

Oldest Player | CB Joleon Lescott | 33.56 |

Youngest Player | M Jordan Veretout | 23.01 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

LB Jordan Amavi |

W Adama Traoré |

M Carlos Sánchez |

CF Libor Kozák |

F Rudy Gestede |

M Jack Grealish |


Banned |

F Jordan Ayew | 

Loaned Out |

CB Nathan Baker | Bristol City | 1 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

GK Jed Steer | Huddersfield Town | 11 September 2015 - 31 May 2016 | 

D Janoi Donacien | Newport County | 24 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

F Callum Robinson | Preston North End | 5 January 2016 - 30 June 2016 | 

M Gary Gardner | Nottingham Forest | 8 January 2016 - 31 May 2016 | 

LB Joe Bennett | Sheffield Wednesday | 19 January 2016 - 31 May 2016 | 

FB José Ángel Crespo | Rayo Vallecano | 20 January 2016 - 30 June 2016 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 44
Possession A | 56
Shots F | 5
Shots A | 5
Shots on Target F | 0
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 0
Corners A | 11
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 6

Match Report

Sky Sports

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Stoke boosted their bid for a top 10 finish and dented Aston Villa’s slim hopes of survival as Marko Arnautovic helped them to a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium.


Following a lacklustre opening 45 minutes, Arnautovic celebrated his 100th appearance for the club by smashing home from the penalty spot after Ashley Westwood’s clumsy challenge on Phil Bardsley.

And they soon doubled their advantage with Austria international Arnautovic making the most of Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross by chesting the ball over the line.


Stoke boosted their bid for a top 10 finish and dented Aston Villa’s slim hopes of survival as Marko Arnautovic helped them to a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium.


Marc Muniesa (hamstring), Glen Johnson (knee) and captain Ryan Shawcross (back) were ruled out, but Phil Bardsley (hip) and Geoff Cameron (ankle) were passed fit and made the starting line-up.


Remi Garde dropped skipper Micah Richards to the bench which meant a return to action for full-back Alan Hutton as they looked to put in a much-improved performance from the 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool last time out - the club’s worst home loss in 81 years.


Rudy Gestede and Gabby Agbonlahor were fit again, with the former on the bench, but an ailing defence knew they were going to be tested by a Stoke side bolstered by new arrival Giannelli Imbula from Porto.


And the £18.3m signing was looking the part for the hosts, who were aiming to complete a Premier League double over Villa.


They came within inches of breaking the deadlock in the only real chance of the first half after just seven minutes as Villa goalkeeper Mark Bunn was forced into making a superb acrobatic save.
 

Afellay’s cross from the right took a nasty deflection off Jores Okore and looked to be looping into the top corner until Bunn showed great agility to claw the ball away from under his own crossbar.
 

Villa’s good defensive work was undone at the beginning of the second half. Six minutes after the restartAshley Westwood brought down Bardsley with a clumsy challenge following a clever lofted reverse pass by the influential Shaqiri.
 

Arnautovic celebrated his 100th appearance with a no-nonsense penalty, drilling it high down the middle of the goal past Bunn.
The Potters doubled their advantage five minutes later and Arnautovic was at it again. His header from Afellay’s cross looped up in the air but the Austrian reacted quickest to chest the ball over the line from a yard out.


It was Arnautovic’s sixth Premier League goal at the Britannia this season; twice as many as any other Stoke player.
 

Villa set up a grandstand finish with 11 minutes remaining when the ball fell kindly to Bacuna and he hit a shot across Jack Butland and into the far corner of the net from the right side of the penalty area.


Bunn was forced to dive at full stretch to push away a header from Okore in the dying minutes as the hosts held on for victory.


Villa manager Garde has won just three of his 19 games since replacing the sacked Tim Sherwood in November and his troubled club look destined to drop into the second tier for the first time since 1988.


Player ratings


Stoke City: Butland (7), Bardsley (8), Cameron (7), Wollscheid (7), Pieters (7), Whelan (6), Imbula (8), Walters (8), Afellay (8), Shaqiri (8), Arnautovic (9).


Subs: Joselu (6), Bojan (6), Diouf (5).


Aston Villa: Bunn (7), Hutton (6), Okore (7), Lescott (7), Cissokho (6), Bacuna (7), Gueye(6), Westwood (5), Gil (5), Agbonlahor (7), Veretout (4).