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Game #5235

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Attendance: 26,003

Lost

Premier League

13th (-2)

Stoke

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Britannia Stadium

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.

Stoke City

2-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Ciaran Clark and Villa can't prevent a third consecutive defeat and ninth in nineteen games under Paul Lambert, Saturday, 21 December 2013.

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸจ | 21โ€™ Booking, Marc Albrighton
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Stoke City 0-0 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 50โ€™ Booking, Ciaran Clark
๐Ÿฅ… | 50โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Stoke City), Charlie Adam
๐ŸŸจ | 60โ€™ Booking, Fabian Delph
๐ŸŸจ | 61โ€™ Booking, Chris Herd
โšฝ | 66โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Libor Kozรกk
๐Ÿ” | 67โ€™ Sub off, Aleksandar Tonev, Sub on, Jordan Bowery
๐Ÿฅ… | 70โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Stoke City), Peter Crouch
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Marc Albrighton, Sub on, Leandro Bacuna
๐ŸŸจ | 85โ€™ Booking, Ashley Westwood
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Paul Lambertโ€™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.

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

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2013-14 |
Matchday | #19 |
League Game | #17 |
Manager Game | #65 |
Saturday, 21 December 2013

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Craig Pawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Sheffield & Hallam, 2008-
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Craig Pawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Sheffield & Hallam, 2008- ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5:
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Mike Mullarkey, Sian Massey-Ellis

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Stoke

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Libor Kozรกk, Aleksander Tonev, Andreas Weimann, Fabian Delph and Chris Herd replace Karim El Ahmadi, Antonio Luna, Yacouba Sylla, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.64 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 29.30 |

Youngest Player |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | 22.39 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Mark Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Aleksandar Tonev | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Libor Kozรกk | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | โšฝ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |

Stoke

GK Asmir Begoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
LB Erik Pieters | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Marc Wilson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Ryan Shawcross | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Geoff Cameron | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Steven Nโ€™Zonzi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Jon Walters | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Oussama Assaidi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Marko Arnautoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Peter Crouch (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” F Jordan Bowery | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Aleksandar Tonev | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ | for W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Oussama Assaidi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | (W Jermaine Pennant | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Marko Arnautoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | (M Charlie Adam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Antonio Luna | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M Yacouba Sylla | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Nicklas Helenius | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Thomas Sรธrensen (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Marc Muniesa | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Andy Wilkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Wilson Palacios | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
CF Kenwyne Jones | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI: ยฃ25.64m
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: 4/11

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 : 7/18
Homegrown: 4/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

Team Cost: ยฃ40.75m

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 : 2/11

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 : 5/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |
W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

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

Out on Loan | 7 |
M Samir Carruthers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | MK Dons
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Fulham
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Blackpool
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Notts County
GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Middlesbrough
LB Enda Stevens | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Doncaster

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

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 | 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

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œI 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.

โ€œWe thought when we got it 1-1 that we might have gone on. We will go again. I donโ€™t think we deserved to lose.โ€

Paul Lambert, Saturday, 21 December 2013.

*The Independent*
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 Clancyโ€™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 Stokeโ€™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. Villaโ€™s Fabian Delph was arguably lucky to escape with a yellow card after two fouls in a minute on the former England striker.

โ€œI 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,โ€ Hughes said. โ€œHe has been a very accomplished player for some years now and you donโ€™t achieve that at this level without being a very good player.โ€

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. โ€œHe is a player we want to keep, he wonโ€™t be going anywhere,โ€ 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 midfielderโ€™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 Villaโ€™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 Cameronโ€™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.

Crouchโ€™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 โ€œrobotโ€ 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.