Date: 24th February 2019 at 6:00am
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Aston Villa rescued a deserved 1-1 draw away to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon and some supporters were delighted with the performance of Kortney Hause. The 23-year-old struggled on his debut in mid-January but has impressed ever since his return to the starting eleven in February.

Hause has made four appearances since joining on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers and is staking his claim for the Midlands outfit to trigger his buying option this summer. The defender, who can operate at left-back and centre-back, was lauded by fans on social media for proving his critics wrong.

Villa still have a problem with conceding goals in the Championship. Only Ipswich Town (57) and Rotherham United (54) have a worse defensive record than Smith’s side, but Hause has been a positive in recent weeks. He’s keeping Neil Taylor out of the starting eleven on merit and is growing into his role.

Against Stoke, the former England u21 international won 10 aerial duels, made three clearances, two successful dribbles and created a chance. He 66% of his crosses found a teammate at the Britannia Stadium and he made 59 passes with 80% accuracy.

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