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Barclays Premier League

Saturday, 16 August 2014,

Stoke
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Aston Villa
  • Kickoff: 15:00 BST
  • Stadium: Britannia Stadium
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance: 27,478
    • 50' Andreas Weimann

    Stoke City

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    Hughes targets further signings

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hopeful of adding more new players to his squad before the end of the current transfer window.

    Hughes has declared himself "very pleased" with the business he has done so far, which has seen him recruit Bojan Krkic, Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell, Phil Bardsley and Dionatan Teixeira - all of whom could all make their competitive Potters debuts in the club's Barclays Premier League opener against Aston Villa on Saturday.

    But the Welsh manager, already with a fully fit group to select from for the match at the Britannia Stadium, is keen to keep bringing bodies in.

    Hughes recently admitted his interest in Norwich's England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond, and speaking on Friday at his pre-match press conference to preview the Villa clash, he said: "We are still hopeful on a number of fronts.

    "We just have to bide our time. I think a lot things are dictated by people other than ourselves, so you just have to wait for the process to run its course and we'll see where we are at the end of it."

    A new arrival getting Stoke fans particularly excited is Bojan, the Spanish forward who has joined on a four-year deal from Barcelona.

    The 23-year-old also has a stint with Roma and loan spells at both AC Milan and Ajax on his CV.

    And he has made a positive impression already for his new club, scoring three goals in pre-season friendlies.

    "The fans have had a little bit of a taster - they have seen him in pre-season and he has done very well," Hughes said of Bojan.

    "He is a talented boy. I think everyone can see the level of ability he has.

    "He has scored some great goals, so that's whetted everybody's appetite.

    "I do think we have to understand he is coming into a new league.

    "We saw a similar situation with Marko Arnautovic last year and it took him until New Year to really get to grips with what was required - then, once he did, he had an impact.

    "We might have to be patient and bide our time with Bojan, although given the level of his ability, you sense that very quickly he'll come to terms with what is required and he will be a real impact player for us.

    "He is used to winning and playing in big games.

    "I've seen enough in pre-season to see we have an exceptionally talented young player. He is only 23 and to bring him to the club is a real coup for us."

    Summer signings Joe Cole, Philippe Senderos, Kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho could all make their competitive debuts for Villa.

    Boss Paul Lambert will check the condition of both Cole (thigh) and World Cup semi-finalist Ron Vlaar ahead of the match but is optimistic the pair will be able to feature, while long-term absentee Jores Okore is in contention for his first competitive appearance since September having recovered from a serious knee problem.

    There could also be comebacks for Charles N'Zogbia, out for all of last season with an Achilles injury, as well as Alan Hutton and Darren Bent, who have previously been exiled from the Villa first-team and out on loan. Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) remain sidelined.

    It has been a summer of uncertainty in many ways for Villa, particularly with the club still owned at this point by Randy Lerner despite his announcement in May that he was intending to sell.

    Nonetheless, Lambert is adamant the midlands outfit are "really healthy".

    "This is a fantastic club, and the state of the club is what it is," the manager said when asked about the situation with Lerner.

    "The club is a really healthy place.

    "The main thing for me is to get the team going and improving a lot on what we did last year.

    "As I have said before, the last two years have not been good enough. We have to aim a lot higher than that. As a group, everybody, we have to do better."

    91'+5

    Match ends, Stoke City 0, Aston Villa 1.

    91'+5

    End Regular Time

    91'+4

    Peter Crouch (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 95'

    91'+4

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 95'

    91'+4

    Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.

    91'+4

    Steven Nzonzi (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 95'

    91'+3

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 94'

    91'+3

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 94'

    91'+2

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 93'

    91'+2

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 92'

    91'+1

    Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 92'

    91'+1

    Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

    91'

    Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) Throw In at 91'

    91'

    Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) Throw In at 91'

    90'

    Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 90'

    89'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 89'

    88'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 88'

    88'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 88'

    87'

    Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

    87'

    Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 87'

    87'

    Marc Wilson (Stoke City) Free Kick at 87'

    86'

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    86'

    Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

    86'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 86'

    85'

    Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

    85'

    Charlie Adam (Stoke City) Free Kick at 85'

    84'

    Foul by Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa).

    84'

    Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 84'

    83'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 83'

    82'

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Andreas Weimann.

    82'

    Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Glenn Whelan.

    81'

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

    81'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 81'

    81'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 81'

    80'

    Alan Hutton

    79'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 79'

    79'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 79'

    79'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 79'

    77'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 77'

    77'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 77'

    76'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 76'

    76'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 76'

    76'

    Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 76'

    75'

    Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    75'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 75'

    75'

    Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 75'

    75'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 75'

    74'

    Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

    74'

    Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 74'

    74'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 74'

    73'

    Steven Nzonzi (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 73'

    73'

    Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 73'

    72'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 72'

    72'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 72'

    71'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 71'

    71'

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish replaces Charles N'Zogbia.

    71'

    Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Mame Biram Diouf.

    70'

    Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) Free Kick at 70'

    69'

    Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    69'

    Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 69'

    69'

    Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

    68'

    Attempt blocked. Bojan (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

    68'

    Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 68'

    68'

    Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) Free Kick at 68'

    68'

    Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

    65'

    Attempt missed. Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Charles N'Zogbia with a cross following a corner.

    65'

    Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 65'

    65'

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

    64'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 64'

    64'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 64'

    64'

    Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

    62'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 62'

    61'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 61'

    60'

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

    60'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Corner Kick at 60'

    59'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 59'

    58'

    Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 58'

    58'

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

    58'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 58'

    57'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 57'

    55'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 55'

    55'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 55'

    55'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 55'

    54'

    Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 54'

    54'

    Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

    53'

    Attempt blocked. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

    53'

    Attempt blocked. Marc Wilson (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ireland with a cross.

    53'

    Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 53'

    53'

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.

    53'

    Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.

    53'

    Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 53'

    52'

    Attempt blocked. Bojan (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ireland with a headed pass.

    52'

    Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 52'

    51'

    Marc Wilson (Stoke City) Free Kick at 51'

    51'

    Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    50'

    0 - 1

    Goal! Stoke City 0, Aston Villa 1. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

    49'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 49'

    49'

    Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) Throw In at 49'

    48'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 48'

    48'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 48'

    48'

    Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 48'

    47'

    Foul by Bojan (Stoke City).

    47'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 47'

    47'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 47'

    46'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 46'

    46'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 46'

    46'

    Start 2nd Half

    46'+3

    First Half ends, Stoke City 0, Aston Villa 0.

    46'+2

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 48'

    46'+2

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 48'

    46'+2

    Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 48'

    46'+1

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 47'

    46'+1

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 47'

    46'+1

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

    46'

    Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 46'

    46'

    Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

    46'

    Attempt saved. Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

    46'

    Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 46'

    46'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 46'

    45'

    Attempt saved. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Shawcross.

    45'

    Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 45'

    44'

    Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) Free Kick at 44'

    44'

    Offside, Aston Villa. Aly Cissokho tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

    43'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 43'

    43'

    Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 43'

    43'

    Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    42'

    Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 42'

    42'

    Offside, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland tries a through ball, but Mame Biram Diouf is caught offside.

    42'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 42'

    40'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 40'

    39'

    Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) Free Kick at 39'

    39'

    Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

    38'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 38'

    37'

    Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

    37'

    Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 37'

    36'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    36'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 36'

    34'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 34'

    32'

    Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 32'

    32'

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

    31'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 31'

    31'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 31'

    29'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 29'

    29'

    Attempt blocked. Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

    29'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 29'

    29'

    Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 29'

    28'

    Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

    28'

    Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 28'

    28'

    Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

    26'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Free Kick at 26'

    26'

    Foul by Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).

    25'

    Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Richardson.

    25'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 25'

    24'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 24'

    22'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 22'

    22'

    Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

    21'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 21'

    20'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 20'

    19'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 19'

    18'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 18'

    18'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 18'

    17'

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

    17'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 17'

    16'

    Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 16'

    16'

    Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) Free Kick at 16'

    14'

    Ashley Westwood

    14'

    Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    13'

    Attempt missed. Bojan (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Erik Pieters.

    13'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 13'

    13'

    Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 13'

    12'

    Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) Free Kick at 12'

    12'

    Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    11'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 11'

    11'

    Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 11'

    10'

    Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Erik Pieters.

    10'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 10'

    10'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 10'

    9'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 9'

    8'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 8'

    8'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 8'

    7'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 7'

    7'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 7'

    7'

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 7'

    6'

    Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 6'

    6'

    Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

    6'

    Attempt saved. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

    6'

    Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 6'

    5'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 5'

    5'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 5'

    5'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 5'

    3'

    Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 3'

    3'

    Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 3'

    3'

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) Throw In at 3'

    1'

    Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 1'

    1'

    Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

    1'

    First Half begins.

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    Possession

    63%
    37%
    • Stoke City
    • Aston Villa

    Shots

    12
    7

    Shots on target

    2
    2

    Fouls

    14
    9

    Corners

    2
    8

    Yellow Cards

    0
    3

    Red Cards

    0
    0

    Stoke

    Stoke0 - 1Aston Villa
    West Brom1 - 2Stoke
    Stoke4 - 1Fulham
    Stoke0 - 1Tottenham
    Cardiff1 - 1Stoke
    Stoke1 - 0Newcastle

    Aston Villa

    Stoke0 - 1Aston Villa
    Tottenham3 - 0Aston Villa
    Man City4 - 0Aston Villa
    Aston Villa3 - 1Hull
    Swansea4 - 1Aston Villa
    Aston Villa0 - 0Southampton

    Head to Head

    Stoke0 - 1Aston Villa
    Aston Villa1 - 4Stoke
    Stoke2 - 1Aston Villa
    Stoke1 - 3Aston Villa
    Aston Villa0 - 0Stoke
    Aston Villa1 - 1Stoke

    Stoke

    • 1Asmir Begovic
    • 17Ryan Shawcross
    • 2Phillip Bardsley
    • 12Marc Wilson
    • 3Erik Pieters
    • 10Marko Arnautovic
    • 7Stephen Ireland
    • 27Bojan Krkic
    • 15Steven Nzonzi
    • 6Glenn Whelan
    • -> Charlie Adam
    • 18Mame Biram Diouf
    • -> Peter Crouch
    • Subs
    • 4Robert Huth
    • 5Marc Muniesa
    • 29Thomas Sorensen
    • 21Steve Sidwell
    • 19Jonathan Walters

    Aston Villa

    • 1Brad Guzan
    • 23Aly Cissokho
    • 21Alan Hutton
    • 14Philippe Senderos
    • 4Ron Vlaar
    • 28Charles N'Zogbia
    • -> Jack Grealish
    • 15Ashley Westwood
    • 10Andreas Weimann
    • -> Leandro Bacuna
    • 18Kieran Richardson
    • 16Fabian Delph
    • 11Gabriel Agbonlahor
    • Subs
    • 2Nathan Baker
    • 19Darren Bent
    • 8Karim El Ahmadi
    • 31Shay Given
    • 6Ciaran Clark

    Weimann seals win for Villa

    Andreas Weimann's second-half strike proved the difference as Aston Villa won 1-0 at Stoke on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season.

    Weimann rifled a shot in off Asmir Begovic in the 50th minute to steer the visitors to three points few might have predicted them collecting before kick-off.

    Villa had not won away from home since January 1 and their six league games on the road previous to this had all ended in defeat in a poor conclusion to 2013/14.

    Stoke, on the other hand, had finished the campaign strongly, and lost only three times in the league at the Britannia Stadium over the whole season.

    However, it was Villa who made the winning start to 2014/15 with a result that could have been even more emphatic had Gabriel Agbonlahor and substitute Leandro Bacuna not squandered decent opportunities either side of the goal.

    There were three summer signings making their competitive debuts in each starting line-up, forward Bojan Krkic, striker Mame Biram Diouf and full-back Phil Bardsley being the trio for Stoke, for whom newest arrival Victor Moses - whose loan move from Chelsea was confirmed earlier on Saturday - was not eligible to be involved.

    The Villa bows were for wide man Kieran Richardson and defensive pair Philippe Senderos and Aly Cissokho, joined at the back by Alan Hutton, making his first competitive appearance of manager Paul Lambert's tenure after two seasons of being frozen out.

    Winger Charles N'Zogbia, having missed all of last term through injury, was also back in the first XI and striker Darren Bent - another previously exiled under Lambert - was among the substitutes.

    Stoke made a positive start to the contest, with Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan collecting a shot from Steven Nzonzi, seeing a Marko Arnautovic strike sail over and surviving a couple of hairy moments when Diouf tried to charge him down.

    Bojan looked eager to build on the good impression he made in pre-season by scoring three goals for his new club, and he created the clearest chance yet when he cut into the area and fired wide in the 13th minute.

    Villa had shown little attacking impetus, but they had a great chance to open the scoring in the 25th minute when Begovic and Stoke defender Marc Wilson got into a mix-up.

    The resultant loose ball was crossed into the danger zone by Richardson to Agbonlahor, who seemingly had the goal at his mercy but - perhaps put off by the presence of Ryan Shawcross - scuffed his shot wide.

    Villa began to get forward a bit more and just prior to the interval a whipped Cissokho delivery came to the head of Weimann too fast for him to keep it down, although the assistant referee's flag was raised for offside.

    Seconds later, Bardsley's low shot was parried by Guzan, with Bojan unable to follow up, before N'Zogbia cracked a fierce effort goalwards which had the sting taken out of it by a deflection.

    The game seemed to be warming up, and within five minutes of the restart the deadlock had been broken.

    The ball broke off Erik Pieters to Weimann, who took a poor first touch. But it came back to him via a combination of Wilson and Stephen Ireland, and the Austria international hit a shot which squeezed in off Begovic.

    Stoke sought an immediate response and Ron Vlaar did well to get in the way of a Bojan strike.

    But the Potters struggled to fashion much after that and boss Mark Hughes looked to reinvigorate his attack by bringing on Peter Crouch for Diouf.

    Arnautovic arrowed a shot wide soon after but it was just not happening for the home side, and Villa might have added another goal in the 87th minute, Bacuna shooting well off-target when he really should have done better.

    Stoke fans held their breath in the dying seconds as Arnautovic turned and shot in the box, but Senderos was there with the block to ensure Villa held out for the win.


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