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  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Villa Park
  • Attendance: 30,110
Aston VillaAston VillavStokeStoke
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90 mins:The game finishes scoreless. Neither side created a genuine chance.

90 mins:Shotton is given his marching orders for a second yellow for a challenge on Delph.

90 mins:Westwood's cross is cleared away.

90 mins:Three minutes of added time has been signaled.

87 mins:Jerome chases a ball over the top but Lichaj makes a great sliding tackle.

85 mins:Guzan is untroubled by Shotton's centre and calmly collects the ball.

83 mins:Ireland fires over the crossbar.

80 mins:Will we get a late goal in this game?

78 mins:That was Bannan's last action as he's replaced by Delph.

77 mins:Shotton's cross is cut out by Bannan who looks to launch an attack.

75 mins:Cameron gets the hook to be replaced by Crouch.

75 mins:Shotton goes into the referee's notebook.

73 mins:It looks as though Crouch is coming on for Stoke.

71 mins:Stoke stay solid again to clear away from Clarke's dangerous looking centre.

68 mins:Stoke make a change as Etherington is replaced by Jerome.

67 mins:Walter's snap shot is wide.

66 mins:Villa make a double change, Ireland and Bent replacing Holman and Agbonlahor.

65 mins:Guzan does well to punch the ball away Etherington's croner.

63 mins:Is it time for either manager to make a substitution to try and change this game?

61 mins:Shotton's long throw is flicked away.

59 mins:Benteke twists and turns but his strike on the edge of the area is blocked.

57 mins:Bannan looks to set Agbonlahor free but Shawcross intercepts.

55 mins:Kenwyne Jones goes up with Guzan but the Villa keeper wins out and collects the ball.

53 mins:Villa clear their lines after Huth knocks down Cameron's free kick.

51 mins:Holman's low cross is cleared away by Begovic.

49 mins:Whitehead covers well to take the ball of Benteke.

47 mins:Walters looks to swing a cross in but can't find a Stoke shirt.

45 mins:That's half time. Villa were arguably the better side but couldn't find a way through.

45 mins:The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

43 mins:Lichaj finds space on the left but the ball runs away from him.

41 mins:More good defending from Huth to clear Stoke's lines.

39 mins:Huth is perfectly postioned to clear from Benteke's low centre.

37 mins:Walters looks to play in Etherington but Lowton intercepts and nearly gets Benteke away.

35 mins:Benteke tries an overhead kick but doesn't trouble Begovic.

33 mins:Villa are working the ball around but still can't find a way past the Stoke wall.

31 mins:The referee steps in to stop some pushing asnd shoving in the area.

29 mins:Villa have enjoyed good possession but can't break through a solid Stoke defence.

27 mins:Shotton chases a ball down the right but can't keep it in.

25 mins:Lowton's header across the face of goal is cleared by N'Zonzi.

25 mins:Whitehead is just unable to get purchase on an attempted scissor kick.

22 mins:Kenwyne Jones chases a long ball forward but Villa are able to clear their lines.

20 mins:Villa have looked the better side in the opening 20 minutes of this game.

18 mins:Bannan's free kick misses the target as it flies over Begovic's goal.

17 mins:Bannan's free kick is cleared by the Potters defence.

15 mins:Etherington's cross is plucked out of the sky by Guzan.

13 mins:Lowton's effort is comfortably collected by Begovic.

11 mins:Bannan fizzes a shot wide.

11 mins:Shawcross makes a great block from Benteke's strike.

10 mins:Agbonlahor's cross from the right is put behind for a corner.

8 mins:Walters and Herd collide. Stoke sportingly kick the ball back to Villa.

6 mins:Holman looks to put in a cross and Shawcross just about clears.

4 mins:Bannan swings in a cross but Huth heads behind for a corner.

2 mins:Benteke finds a good position on the edge of the area but the ball gets away from him.

Referee Mr East gets us underway.

Stoke make one change, Dean Whitehead replacing Charlie Adam who is suspended.

Villa are unchanged from mthe side that drew with QPR.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Villa Park
  • Attendance: 30,110
Aston VillaAston VillavStokeStoke
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match report

Aston Villa were held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Stoke City at Villa Park as both sides extended their Premier League unbeaten runs.

Defender Ryan Shotton was controversially sent off in stoppage time by referee Roger East for a second bookable offence, but replays showed he made no contact on Villa substitute Fabian Delph.

Villa striker Darren Bent made his return to action for the first time in six weeks midway through the second period, but was unable to inspire Villa to gain the three points.

The Potters are now unbeaten in six after a solid defensive showing while the hosts extended their run to four without a loss and showed signs of continued improvement under manager Paul Lambert.

Six of the last eight meetings between these Midlands rivals have now ended as draws, including four of the last five played at Villa Park.

Stoke have registered eight clean sheets this season although they could easily have fallen behind when skipper Ryan Shawcross kept out Christian Benteke's close-range volley after Ciaran Clark had headed the ball back across goal.

The visitors were incensed by a centre-circle challenge on Glenn Whelan by Clark in first-half stoppage time, but it escaped any punishment.

Villa started the second half brightly and Asmir Begovic went down to his left to cling onto Benteke's volley after Matt Lowton had flicked on a Barry Bannan cross.

Tempers were becoming frayed, but Benteke continued to ask questions and some trickery inside the area created half a chance, but Robert Huth reacted quickly to block his shot on the turn.

Shotton became the first player to be yellow-carded after 75 minutes after fouling substitute Stephen Ireland.

Then came his red card deep into stoppage-time, although there was no time left for Villa to cash in on their numerical advantage as City kept an eighth clean sheet this season.

team line-up

22Brad Guzan
30Eric Lichaj
6Ciaran Clark
32Nathan Baker
34Matthew Lowton
31Chris Herd
25Barry Bannan78
14Brett Holman66
15Ashley Westwood
20Christian Benteke
11Gabriel Agbonlahor66

substitutes

7Stephen Ireland66
16Fabian Delph78
9Darren Bent66
37Derrick Williams
1Shay Given
26Andreas Weimann
8Karim El Ahmadi

referee

Roger East

team line-up

1Asmir Begovic
4Robert Huth
30Ryan Shotton
17Ryan Shawcross
2Geoff Cameron
19Jonathan Walters
6Glenn Whelan
18Dean Whitehead
26Matthew Etherington68
15Steven N'Zonzi
9Kenwyne Jones76

substitutes

21Michael Kightly
33Cameron Jerome68
25Peter Crouch76
8Wilson Palacios
28Andy Wilkinson
20Matthew Upson
29Thomas Sørensen

referee

Roger East

match stats

possession %5643
shots on target20
shots off target42
corners32
tackles won138
offsides33