Game #5191

2011-12

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Position:

12th (-)

Premier League

Stoke

Britannia Stadium

Attendance: 27,739

Monday, 26 December 2011

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

Scorer(s) | None

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #5191

Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #22 |
League Game | #18 |
Manager Game | #22 |
Monday, 26 December 2011

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Alex McLeish |
KO | 7.45pm |
Referee | Mark Clattenburg, Tyne and Wear |
HT Score | 0-0 |
FT Score | 0-0 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | LWLLD |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: Adam Watts, Jake Collin

MATCH INCIDENTS

Mark Clattenburg

Villa

None

Stoke

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £51.3m |

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.19 |

Oldest Player |
CF Emile Heskey | 33.98 |

Youngest Player |
W Marc Albrighton | 22.12 |

TEAM NEWS

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

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |
D Eric Lichaj |
GK Shay Given |
F Darren Bent |
M Chris Herd |
M Jermaine Jenas |

Suspended | 1 |
RB Alan Hutton |

Loan | 4 |
M Jean Makoun | Olympiacos Piraeus |
28 Aug 11 - 30 Jun 12 |
RB Habib Bèye | Doncaster Rovers |
1 Nov 11 to 1 Jan 12 |
CB Nathan Baker | Millwall |
22 Nov 11 to 1 Jan 12 |
CB Shane Lowry | Millwall |
23 Nov 11 to 26 Jan 12

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

MANAGER

Alex McLeish

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Peter Grant
First Team Coach: Gordon Cowans
First Team Coach: Andy Watson
First Team Coach: Kevin MacDonald

STARTING LINE UP

GK Brad Guzan |
CB Carlos Cuéllar |
CB James Collins |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB Ciaran Clark |
LB Stephen Warnock |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
W Charles N’Zogbia |
W Marc Albrighton |
F Gabby Agbonlahor |
CF Emile Heskey |

SUBSTITUTES

F Nathan Delfouneso for CF Emile Heskey | 46’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Andy Marshall
M Stephen Ireland
M Barry Bannan
F Andreas Weimann
M Daniel Johnson
M Gary Gardner

THE OPPOSITION

GK Thomas Sørensen (ex), CB Robert Huth, CB Marc Wilson, CB Ryan Shawcross, CB Ryan Shotton, CB Jonathan Woodgate (W Jermaine Pennant), M Wilson Palacios (M Rory Delap), M Dean Whitehead, M Matthew Etherington, CF Kenwyne Jones, W Jon Walters.

Manager: Tony Pulis.
Team Cost: £38.44m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

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.

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.

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2011/12/26/match-report-stoke-0-0-villa

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Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2011/12/26/match-report-stoke-0-0-villa

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MATCH TIMELINE

HT Stoke City 0-0 Aston Villa
46’ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Nathan Delfouneso
FT Stoke City 0-0 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“I thought it was going to be a very tough game. That’s their sixth draw away from home this season.

“We didn’t get out of the blocks as quickly as we’d like to but we have to give Villa some credit.

“Their two centre-halves, Richard Dunne and James Collins, were very good tonight.”

Tony Pulis, Stoke Manager.

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*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 McLeish’s team, and for all that the visitors came perilously close to losing, to some extent they got it."

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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 McLeish’s team, and for all that the visitors came perilously close to losing, to some extent they got it.

McLeish’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. Bent’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 N’Zogbia’s corner with a glancing header which came back off the outside of the near post.

Stoke’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 Whitehead’s free-kick. At the other end Stiliyan Petrov’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 McLeish’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 Delfouneso’s pace enabled him to get a stretching toe to Gabby Agbonlahor’s low cross. The City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen’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 N’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 defender’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 club’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.

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 McLeish’s team, and for all that the visitors came perilously close to losing, to some extent they got it.

McLeish’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. Bent’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 N’Zogbia’s corner with a glancing header which came back off the outside of the near post.

Stoke’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 Whitehead’s free-kick. At the other end Stiliyan Petrov’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 McLeish’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 Delfouneso’s pace enabled him to get a stretching toe to Gabby Agbonlahor’s low cross. The City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen’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 N’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 defender’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 club’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.