Saturday, 21 December 2013
Last 5: 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥
Villa slump to a third consecutive defeat as Paul Lambert once again delivers a very unhappy Christmas to leave Villa with just five wins in seventeen Premier League games.
Assist(s) | Not recorded
Ciaran Clark and Villa can't prevent a third consecutive defeat and ninth in nineteen games under Paul Lambert, Saturday, 21 December 2013.
🟨 | 21’ Booking, Marc Albrighton
🕒 | HT Stoke City 0-0 Aston Villa
🟨 | 50’ Booking, Ciaran Clark
🥅 | 50’ Goal, 0-1, (Stoke City), Charlie Adam
🟨 | 60’ Booking, Fabian Delph
🟨 | 61’ Booking, Chris Herd
⚽ | 66’ Goal, 1-1, Libor Kozák
🔁 | 67’ Sub off, Aleksandar Tonev, Sub on, Jordan Bowery
🥅 | 70’ Goal, 1-2, (Stoke City), Peter Crouch
🔁 | 81’ Sub off, Marc Albrighton, Sub on, Leandro Bacuna
🟨 | 85’ Booking, Ashley Westwood
🕒 | FT Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa
ON THIS DAY
Paul Lambert’s Villa lose for the third game in succession and the eighth time in seventeen Premier League games as they fall back to 13th in the table. Meanwhile, midfielder Chris Herd made his final appearance for Villa aged 24 before being released by the club in July 2015. Herd had joined Villa in February 2005 from ECU Joondalup and went on to make 42 appearances and score 2 goals for the club.
European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96
European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1971-72
Previous 5 vs. Stoke: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟩
Season | 2013-14 |
Matchday | #19 |
League Game | #17 |
Manager Game | #65 |
Saturday, 21 December 2013
Manager: Paul Lambert | 🏴 | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Craig Pawson | 🏴 | Sheffield & Hallam, 2008-
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Score: 🟥 1-2
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥
Referee: Craig Pawson | 🏴 | Sheffield & Hallam, 2008- 🆘
Last Match: None
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Mike Mullarkey, Sian Massey-Ellis
Libor Kozák, Aleksander Tonev, Andreas Weimann, Fabian Delph and Chris Herd replace Karim El Ahmadi, Antonio Luna, Yacouba Sylla, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke.
Starting XI Average Age
| 24.64 |
Oldest Player |
GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 | 29.30 |
Youngest Player |
F Andreas Weimann | 🇦🇹 | 22.39 |
Paul Lambert | 🏴 |
Mark Hughes | 🏴 |
GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
CB Nathan Baker | 🏴 |
CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 | 🟨 |
RB Matt Lowton | 🏴 |
M Chris Herd | 🇦🇺 | 🟨 |
M Ashley Westwood | 🏴 | 🟨 |
M Fabian Delph | 🏴 | 🟨 |
W Marc Albrighton | 🏴 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
W Aleksandar Tonev | 🇧🇬 | 🔁 |
CF Libor Kozák | 🇨🇿 | ⚽ |
F Andreas Weimann | 🇦🇹 |
GK Asmir Begović | 🇧🇦 |
LB Erik Pieters | 🇳🇱 |
CB Marc Wilson | 🇮🇪 | 🟨 |
CB Ryan Shawcross | 🏴 |
M Geoff Cameron | 🇺🇸 |
M Glenn Whelan | 🇮🇪 |
M Steven N’Zonzi | 🇫🇷 |
W Jon Walters | 🇮🇪 |
W Oussama Assaidi | 🇲🇦 | 🔁 |
CF Marko Arnautović | 🇦🇹 | 🔁 |
CF Peter Crouch (ex) | 🏴 | ⚽ |
🔁 F Jordan Bowery | 🏴 | for W Aleksandar Tonev | 🇧🇬 | 67’ |
🔁 M Leandro Bacuna | 🇨🇼 | for W Marc Albrighton | 🏴 | 81’ |
🔁 | W Oussama Assaidi | 🇲🇦 | (W Jermaine Pennant | 🏴 |)
🔁 | CF Marko Arnautović | 🇦🇹 | (M Charlie Adam | 🏴 | ⚽ |)
GK Jed Steer | 🏴 |
LB Antonio Luna | 🇪🇸 |
M Karim El Ahmadi | 🇲🇦 |
M Yacouba Sylla | 🇲🇱 |
CF Nicklas Helenius | 🇩🇰 |
GK Thomas Sørensen (ex) | 🇩🇰 |
CB Marc Muniesa | 🇪🇸 |
RB Andy Wilkinson | 🏴 |
M Wilson Palacios | 🇭🇳 |
CF Kenwyne Jones | 🇹🇹 |
1st XI: £25.64m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 5/11
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 7/18
Team Cost: £40.75m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 2/11
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 5/18
Injury | 5 |
W Charles N’Zogbia | 🇫🇷 |
CB Jores Okore | 🇩🇰 |
LB Joe Bennett | 🏴 |
CB Ron Vlaar | 🇳🇱 |
CF Christian Benteke | 🇧🇪 |
Bomb Squad | 1 |
RB Alan Hutton | 🏴 |
Out on Loan | 7 |
M Samir Carruthers | 🏴 | MK Dons
F Darren Bent | 🏴 | Fulham
F Nathan Delfouneso | 🏴 | Blackpool
M Stephen Ireland | 🇮🇪 | Stoke
M Jack Grealish | 🏴 | Notts County
GK Shay Given | 🇮🇪 | Middlesbrough
LB Enda Stevens | 🇮🇪 | Doncaster
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
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game
⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution
🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
Possession F | 51%
Possession A | 49%
Shots F | 14
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 17
Fouls A | 13
“I thought we were excellent in the first half. The wind was very strong but even in the second half we had chances. It was a very close game.
“We thought when we got it 1-1 that we might have gone on. We will go again. I don’t think we deserved to lose.”
Paul Lambert, Saturday, 21 December 2013.
Saturday, 21 December 2013
*Strictly business as Peter Crouch leads out-of-step Villa a merry dance*
Peter Crouch rushed off to claim his seat beside the dancefloor after delivering a performance that manager Mark Hughes admitted would have merited a 10 if he had one of the Strictly Come Dancing score paddles at hand in the Stoke dug-out.
The beanpole striker set the standard for his wife Abbey Clancy’s ballroom title bid by setting up one goal, scoring another and almost grabbing another with a cheeky backheel that struck the inside of a post as Stoke’s progress under Hughes continued to gather upward momentum.
Stoke have suffered only one defeat in eight matches and can celebrate Christmas in the relative comfort of a mid-table position, a point ahead of Villa, whose stuttering form has not been helped by key striker Christian Benteke suffering a loss of confidence at just the wrong moment.
Benteke, left out in part due to a knee injury and in part because he has not scored in 10 matches, could benefit from some of the nous that enables Crouch to keep troubling Premier League defenders at the age of 32, despite sometimes finding himself on the end of some heavyweight tackles. Villa’s Fabian Delph was arguably lucky to escape with a yellow card after two fouls in a minute on the former England striker.
“I played that role for many years myself with my back to the goal and sometimes it can be a thankless task where you have to take some hits for the team,” Hughes said. “He has been a very accomplished player for some years now and you don’t achieve that at this level without being a very good player.”
Hughes refuted suggestions that Crouch might be sold in January, with a return to Queens Park Rangers, where he began his career, reportedly in the offing. “He is a player we want to keep, he won’t be going anywhere,” Hughes said.
One goal per game is the best either of these sides had been able to muster over the course of the 16 Premier League games and a drab first half promised little improvement. Villa, missing the suspended Gabriel Agbonlahor as well as Benteke, picked a front six with only half a dozen goals between them all season, which did not augur well for any improvement.
Given that Stoke did not offer anything significantly more scintillating than Villa in the first 45 minutes, it was as well Hughes saw fit to add some creativity in the second period, introducing Charlie Adam from the bench.
The former Liverpool midfielder’s first contribution of note was to put Stoke in front. Geoff Cameron, who had given Brad Guzan a scare in the first half when the strong wind turned one of his crosses into a shot that the American had to push over the bar, delivered another testing ball from the right, Crouch knocked a header downwards and Adam bustled past Nathan Baker before sliding the ball across the Villa keeper for his fourth goal of the season.
Villa began to look a little ragged, with Delph and Chris Herd booked in the space of a minute, after which Villa’s 66th-minute equaliser came as a surprise, although apart from Libor Kozak having the presence of mind to seize a gift opportunity, the visitors could not claim much credit for the goal.
A long Guzan clearance was only headed sideways by Marc Wilson, whose error was compounded when Erik Pieters attempted to head the ball back to Asmir Begovic, only for Kozak to intercept and pick up an easy goal.
Villa manager Paul Lambert believed that his side did enough to merit a point, but Stoke were always the more positive side and Cameron’s crosses from the right flank continued to pose problems for a Villa defence lacking the injured Ron Vlaar and still suspect at times under pressure.
Crouch’s second goal came when a Cameron cross evaded both Guzan and Herd in their attempts to cut it out. Crouch controlled the ball on his chest and swept it home.
Plainly enjoying himself, Crouch demonstrated his special brand of fancy footwork after Glenn Whelan had headed an Adam corner back across goal, flicking out a heel and turning to see the ball clip the inside of the left-hand post before running to safety.
A swift reprise of his party-piece “robot” dance might have been the order of the day in the dressing room later, had there not been a fast car waiting to whisk him away.