Date: 23rd February 2019 at 5:12pm
Written by:
Stoke City
1 – 1
Aston Villa

Bet365 Stadium

Championship

23/02/2019 3:00 pm

Attendance: 27975

Referee: Webb

Stoke City Aston Villa
Vokes (5) Adomah (62)
Butland Steer
Edwards Hutton 7/85
Batth Elphick
Martins Indi
 
Mings
Clucas Hause
 
Adam 65 Elmohamady
Allen Whelan
Etebo
 
Hourihane
Ince 74 El Ghazi
Vokes 17 Kodjia
McClean Abraham

Substitutes

Williams
 
65 Taylor
Afobe 74 Jedinak
Shawcross Green 85
Diouf 17 Bjarnason
Bojan Kalinic
Federici Adomah 7
Woods Ramsey

Game Statistics

7 Goal attempts 10
4 On Target 3
2 Corners 6
18 Fouls 13
3 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
38 % 62

Aston Villa went into today’s Championship clash with Stoke City with many believing it was a quintessential ‘must win’ affair if we were to have any hopes of keeping our promotion dream alive in the season of 2018/19 given the gap that already exists to the Play-Off spots.

With so much riding on the game, typically for Villa, we found ourselves behind after only five minutes of the first half had been played. It was dire but in saying that, Stoke weren’t much better – they were however capable of getting shots off and at least getting a few on target.

By the hour mark, we’d mustered three, and not one of them tickled the gloves of their goalkeeper.

So again, maybe typically for Villa, when we did get one on target in the 62nd minute, Albert Adomah put it in the back of the net to level the scores up. It was his first goal since March 2018.

Given how the fanbase is split on Dean Smith I doubt this result will make any difference as much of the game was poor but once the goal gave us a shot of confidence, we really should’ve won it.