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Game #5148

Monday, 26 December 2011

Attendance: 27,739

Drew

Premier League

12th (-)

Stoke

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Britannia Stadium

Villa record a fourth goalless game and eighth draw under Alex McLeish to make it just four wins in eighteen Premier League games.

Stoke City

0-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Stephen Warnock throws himself into Stoke but Villa record a fourth goalless game in eight draws to leave them with just four wins in eighteen under Alex McLeish, Monday, 26 December 2011.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Stoke City 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Stoke City 0-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Alex McLeish's Villa stop a run of consecutive defeats to draw for the eighth time in eighteen Premier League games as Villa remain 12th in the table.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Stoke

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1971-72

FIXTURE HISTORY

Stoke

Previous 5 vs. Stoke: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #20 |
League Game | #18 |
Manager Game | #20 |
Monday, 26 December 2011

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Alex McLeish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2011-2012
Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 1 Oct 11, Villa 2-0 Wigan (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Adam Watts, Jake Collin

CARDS

Villa

None

Stoke

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mark Clattenburg

TEAM NEWS

James Collins and Emile Heskey replace Alan Hutton and Stephen Ireland.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.19 |

Oldest Player |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 33.98 |

Youngest Player |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.12 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Alex McLeish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Tony Pulis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Charles NZogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Stoke

GK Thomas Sรธrensen (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Robert Huth | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Marc Wilson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ryan Shawcross | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ryan Shotton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Jonathan Woodgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Wilson Palacios | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Dean Whitehead | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Matthew Etherington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Jon Walters | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Kenwyne Jones | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Jonathan Woodgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Jermaine Pennant | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Wilson Palacios | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ | (M Rory Delap | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Andy Marshall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Daniel Johnson | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Asmir Begoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
CB Matthew Upson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Andy Wilkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Salif Diao | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
CF Cameron Jerome | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI: ยฃ51.30m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11
Homegrown: 3/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/18
Homegrown: 8/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

Team Cost: ยฃ38.44m

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
M Jermaine Jenas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Suspension | 1 |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 4 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Olympiacos Piraeus
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | Doncaster
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Millwall
CB Shane Lowry | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | Millwall

UNAVAILABLE

Not Reported

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 51%
Possession A | 49%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 13

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œI thought it was going to be a very tough game. Thatโ€™s their sixth draw away from home this season.

โ€œWe didnโ€™t get out of the blocks as quickly as weโ€™d like to but we have to give Villa some credit.

โ€œTheir two centre-halves, Richard Dunne and James Collins, were very good tonight.โ€

Tony Pulis, Stoke Manager.

*The Guardian*
Monday, 26 December 2011

While the result may always be pre-eminent, there are matches when the performance, or at least the manner of it, is almost as important. For the sake of the manager the two home defeats Aston Villa had suffered before this game demanded a committed response from Alex McLeishโ€™s team, and for all that the visitors came perilously close to losing, to some extent they got it.

McLeishโ€™s selection provided grounds for comment, most obviously because he decided not to risk Darren Bent, the England striker he insists no other club could afford to buy during the January transfer window. Bentโ€™s continued absence suggests it might be worth making an offer, although the official word was that despite being back in training the player is still suffering from a thigh injury. After choosing to do a spot of Christmas shopping instead of taking in the Liverpool game on 18 December, at least he came along to watch this one. He saw his team-mates make a positive start.

An early Robert Huth header over the bar aside, it was the visitors who looked the more creative of the two sides, breaking from defence with pace and not a little imagination. Emile Heskey in particular worked extraordinarily hard in both defence and attack, and was unlucky when he shrugged off Dean Whitehead to meet Charles Nโ€™Zogbiaโ€™s corner with a glancing header which came back off the outside of the near post.

Stokeโ€™s threat, as tends to be the case when their wingers struggle for possession, was being restricted almost exclusively to set-pieces, but that is never negligible, as Huth again demonstrated with another powerful header over the bar from Whiteheadโ€™s free-kick. At the other end Stiliyan Petrovโ€™s shot from an angle was disappointing after the smart passing that preceded it, but with both sides struggling for fluency, the hope was for better things after the break.

It was typical of McLeishโ€™s luck at the moment that Heskey should have to be replaced during half-time, having suffered a recurrence of an Achilles problem. Forced though it was, the switch almost paid immediate dividends when Nathan Delfounesoโ€™s pace enabled him to get a stretching toe to Gabby Agbonlahorโ€™s low cross. The City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensenโ€™s save was better than it may have looked. Huth, up for another corner, once again could not direct his header on target, but the quietness of the home crowd was an indication of their concern, the more so after Nโ€™Zogbia, cutting in from the left, drove a shot just wide.

It was Stoke who went closest to scoring, though, and it must have dismayed McLeish that, as against Liverpool and Arsenal, it was a set-piece that nearly resulted in his team falling behind. As Matthew Etherington swung in a corner from the left, Carlos Cuellar lost Marc Wilson, and the Stoke defenderโ€™s header hit the underside of the bar and was going in before it came back off the chest of Agbonlahor, jumping on the line. The sight of Petrov shooting wide from close on 40 yards suggested Villa were running out of ideas, and emphasised the clubโ€™s pressing need for a consistent creative midfielder.

This result means his team have not scored in five of their past seven games. But to buy, McLeish knows he will have to sell. He may not intend that Bent is the one to leave: circumstances may dictate otherwise.