Date: 15th December 2018 at 5:27pm
Written by:
Aston Villa
2 – 2
Stoke City

Villa Park

Championship

15/12/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 36999

Referee: Bankes

Aston Villa Stoke City
Abraham (pen 73), Kodjia (84) Allen (47), Afobe (pen 78)
Nyland Butland
Hutton Martina
Tuanzebe Shawcross
 
Chester Williams
Elmohamady Pieters
 
Whelan 86 Allen
Bolasie Woods
Hourihane Clucas
McGinn
 
Ince
 
89
El Ghazi 66 Berahino 74
Abraham McClean
 

Substitutes

Hogan 86 Afobe 74
Bree Martins Indi
Davis Fletcher
Kodjia
 
66 Crouch 89
Bunn Campbell
O'Hare Edwards
Revan Federici

Game Statistics

9 Goal attempts 16
5 On Target 8
8 Corners 3
10 Fouls 16
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
57 % 43

Aston Villa were looking to continue their march towards the top of the Championship table under head coach Dean Smith as we hosted Stoke City at Villa Park.

A cold, wet and somewhat windy Saturday pitted us against Gary Rowett’s largely struggling side, although they have pulled themselves together a touch more in recent times, however, confidence of a positive result was high owing to our own six-game unbeaten run.

With the injuries we have, and Jack Grealish, in particular, being out of action, the team was as many expected.

We certainly didn’t have it all our own way though and we weren’t quite as free flowing in attack as the visitors created more. Stoke took the lead twice in the second half but on each occasion, we fought back through Tammy Abraham and a Jonathan Kodjia penalty.

In many ways, it was a tale of two penalties but whilst fans would’ve wanted far more from the game, I guess we have to take the positives of the spirit in the camp once more to come from behind twice to take a point.

The unbeaten run continues and Smith will be demanding further improvement.

 

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