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Game #5249

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Attendance: 30,292


Premier League

11th (-1)


Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Villa Park

From the sublime to the ridiculous as a week after beating title challengers Chelsea, Villa revert to type under Paul Lambert and are humiliated at home by Stoke.

Aston Villa


Stoke City

Assist(s) | Fabian Delph | 5โ€™ |


Christian Benteke bursts as Villa take the lead but Paul Lambert oversees fresh humiliation and a ninth home defeat in sixteen games, Sunday, 23 March 2014.




โšฝ | 5โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Christian Benteke, Assist by Fabian Delph
๐ŸŸจ | 6โ€™ Booking, Karim El Ahmadi
๐Ÿฅ… | 22โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Stoke City), Peter Odemwingie
๐Ÿฅ… | 26โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Stoke City), Peter Crouch
๐Ÿ” | 33โ€™ Sub off, Karim El Ahmadi, Sub on, Marc Albrighton
๐Ÿ” | 33โ€™ Sub off, Andreas Weimann, Sub on, Yacouba Sylla
๐Ÿฅ… | 42โ€™ Goal, 1-3, (Stoke City), Steven Nโ€™Zonzi
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke City
๐ŸŸจ | 52โ€™ Booking, Christian Benteke
๐ŸŸจ | 72โ€™ Booking, Marc Albrighton
๐Ÿ” | 73โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Westwood, Sub on, Grant Holt
๐ŸŸจ | 81โ€™ Booking, Leandro Bacuna
๐ŸŸจ | 83โ€™ Booking, Nathan Baker
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™ Goal, 1-4, (Stoke City), Geoff Cameron
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke City


Paul Lambertโ€™s Villa lose their ninth home League game in sixteen and fourteenth Premier League match in thirty as they fall back to 11th in the table nine points clear of Sunderland but crucially having played two games more than the third from bottom club.

Lambert had now delivered just five wins at Villa Park in sixteen League fixtures and this latest reverse gifted the opposition their first away win in seven months.

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


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



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


Season | 2013-14 |
Matchday | #33 |
League Game | #30 |
Manager Game | #79 |
Sunday, 23 March 2014


Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-3
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-4
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 29 Jan 14, Villa 4-3 Albion (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Simon Beck, Gary Beswick



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



Mark Clattenburg


Ryan Bertrand replaces Joe Bennett.


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.44 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 29.55 |

Youngest Player |
M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ | 22.60 |



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 |
LB Ryan Bertrand | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |


GK Asmir Begoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
LB Erik Pieters | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Marc Wilson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ryan Shawcross | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Geoff Cameron | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Wilson Palacios | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Steven Nโ€™Zonzi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
CF Peter Odemwingie | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | โšฝ |
CF Marko Arnautoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Peter Crouch (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | for M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | 33โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Yacouba Sylla | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | 33โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Grant Holt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 73โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | LB Erik Pieters | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (CB Marc Muniesa | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |)


GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Callum Robinson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |


GK Thomas Sรธrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Ryan Shotton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Andy Wilkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Brek Shea | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Charlie Ward | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Guidetti | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |


1st XI: ยฃ28.98m
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

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: 6/18



Team Cost: ยฃ38.50m

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

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



Injury | 5 |
W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CF Libor Kozรกk | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
F Nicklas Helenius | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |

Bomb Squad | 1 |
GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Out on Loan | 5 |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Fulham
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Notts County
LB Enda Stevens | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Doncaster
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Coventry
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Bolton


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


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 53%
Possession A | 47%
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 3
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 15
Fouls A | 10


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โ€We were second best if truth be known. We started well but it wasnโ€™t good enough. We didnโ€™t deserve to get anything from the game. The goals we lost, were really poor from our side.

โ€œIn a strange way when the bigger teams come you are naturally up for it anyway but when you play teams in and about you it becomes reality. These games can be more difficult because of the nature of that but that wasnโ€™t good enough.โ€

Paul Lambert, Sunday, 23 March 2014.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 23 March 2014

*Stoke earned a first Premier League away win since August after coming from behind to comfortably beat Aston Villa.*

Villa began brightly with Christian Benteke giving them the lead from Fabian Delphโ€™s cut-back.

But two Stoke goals in four minutes transformed the game as Peter Odemwingie finished on the run before Peter Crouch scored from close range.

Steven Nzonzi made it 3-1 before the break with Geoff Cameron grabbing a fourth goal in the 90th minute.

The 37 points Stoke have achieved this season under boss Mark Hughes should secure their survival in the top flight for another year.

But the Welsh manager, appointed last summer, has targeted an improvement on Stokeโ€™s best Premier League finish in 2010 and they are now 10 points off that record.

The performance was yet more evidence that his team have evolved under his stewardship as they recovered from a slow start to out-pass and out-wit their opponents.

By continuing their good form, which has seen them lose one of their last eight Premier League games, they moved above Aston Villa to 10th place in the table.

Their second away win in the league this season also added to home victories over Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Paul Lambertโ€™s side failed to match the intensity they achieved in beating league leaders Chelsea last weekend and they were inhibited by first-half injuries to Karim El Ahmadi and Andreas Weimann.

They began where they left off in that tempestuous win over Jose Mourinhoโ€™s side by taking the lead after five minutes and the goalscorer in that game, Delph, was involved again.

The Villa midfielder latched on to Ryan Bertrandโ€™s pass ahead of Cameron and cut the ball back to Benteke, who expertly found the roof of the net for his sixth goal in his last 10 games.

As the hosts chased three successive home wins for the first time since 2007, the mood inside Villa Park was buoyant.

But Stoke kept their composure despite being without Stephen Ireland, who has a clause in the contract he signed in January which prevents him playing against former club Villa.

After Odemwingie had served a warning with a shot that deflected just over, they went ahead with two quick-fire strikes.

Nigerian striker Odemwingie grabbed the first, after chipping the ball up to Crouch, taking the return and holding off Bertrand to find the bottom corner.

Crouch then got in on the act against his former club by tucking in Erik Pietersโ€™s cross after the Dutch defender latched onto Marko Arnautovicโ€™s back heel.

It got worse before the break when a fine spate of passing from the visitors led to Nzonziโ€™s strike from the edge of the area although Nathan Baker had a chance to intercept Arnautovicโ€™s through ball.

Boos rang round Villa Park at half-time and although Delph tried to galvanise a response with some surging runs, Stoke kept the hosts at armโ€™s length.

Odemwingie drew a decent stop from Brad Guzan but after the glut of goals in the first half, the second period failed to reach the same heights until Cameron raced forward to steer home another cut-back from the excellent Arnautovic.