• Villa win first away match since New Year's Day
  • Victory only Villa's second in eight visits to Stoke
  • Bojan Krkic impresses on Stoke debut

Andreas Weimann scored the only goal of the game as Aston Villa started their season with a hard-earned victory over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

The Austria striker netted five minutes into the second half with an angled shot which was too powerful for Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Lambert thrilled with 'excellent' win

Phil Bardsley had Stoke's best chance in the first half with a curling shot.

Former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic impressed for the home side but they were unable to find an equaliser.

With a buyer for Villa yet to come forward following American owner Randy Lerner's decision to put the club up for sale this summer, the need to maintain their Premier League status was reflected in their recruitment policy over the summer.

After two seasons battling against relegation, Villa boss Paul Lambert, assisted by Roy Keane, has turned to more experienced players in an attempt to improve their fortunes.

An end to Villa's away day blues?

Aston Villa won away from home for only the second time in 2014. Before this game the claret and blues were winless in their last nine Premier League away fixtures since beating Sunderland on New Year's Day.

Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos was signed by Villa along with ex-Valencia team-mate Aly Cissokho, who spent last season on loan at Liverpool, and they both looked solid on their debuts in a disciplined defensive display along with utility man Kieran Richardson.

As with last season the worry for Villa fans might be where the goals come from - the return of injured Belgium striker Christian Benteke cannot come soon enough.

But Weimann showed he may be able to fill the breach if he can recapture the form of his breakthrough 2012-13 campaign rather than his more modest displays last season.

Weimann opened the scoring for the visitors five minutes into the second half when the ball broke kindly to him inside the area after an initial heavy touch, and the 23-year-old striker's shot from a tight angle had too much power on it for Begovic.

Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann

Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann celebrated his first goal of the new campaign.

Stoke finished in ninth place last season, their highest Premier League position and their best top flight finish since 1975, in Mark Hughes's first campaign in charge.

Hughes had the task of improving Stoke's playing style after he replaced Tony Pulis as manager in May 2013 and with a season under his belt further progress looked evident against Villa despite the defeat.

Stoke's signing of former Barcelona forward Bojan, 23, has certainly excited supporters at the Britannia Stadium, but too often Hughes' side could not find an end product for all their clever build-up play.

Bojan in particular showed some clever touches as Stoke monopolised possession in the opening period and the Spaniard went close early on with an angled shot.

Lambert's side were given another early let-off when Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf closed down Brad Guzan and the American goalkeeper was fortunate his kick rebounded to safety rather than into the Villa goal.

Stoke defeat a wake-up call - Hughes

The visitors should have opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark though, when a mix-up between Marc Wilson and Begovic allowed Richardson to cross for Gabby Agbonlahor, but with the net vacant the Villa forward guided his shot wide of the post.

The home side's best chance came when Bardsley cut in from the right flank and curled a low shot which forced Guzan to scramble across goal to make a smart save.

Stoke once again controlled possession after the break with Villa content to hold on to what they had.

But apart from Marko Arnautovic's late effort, blocked by Senderos, they never really troubled Guzan's goal as a disciplined Villa side closed out the game.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "I thought we were excellent apart from the first 10 minutes where we were a bit nervous.

"It was a solid performance. The whole back four were great and the goal was excellent. We never got bullied and stood up to it.

"I thought there were massive performances. It was an outstanding team display. Everyone played their part."

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes: "I think the key for us was the opening goal. Everyone knows how important it is at Premier League level.

"We didn't quite have that guile or creativity in the final third.

"First half I was reasonably pleased with the chances we created and with a little bit more care in the box we might have got on top."

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Paul Lambert and Roy Keane

Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane joined boss Paul Lambert in the dugout for the first time

Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho

Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho caught the eye with a promising debut at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke forward Bojan Krkic

Stoke forward Bojan Krkic impressed on his debut for the Potters

Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic

Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic had the best of his side's second-half chances.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 12 Wilson
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 02 Bardsley
  • 03 Pieters
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 06 Whelan (Adam - 82' )
  • 27 Krkic
  • 10 Arnautovic
  • 07 Ireland
  • 18 Diouf (Crouch - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Huth
  • 05 Muniesa
  • 16 Adam
  • 19 Walters
  • 21 Sidwell
  • 25 Crouch
  • 29 Sørensen

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 23 Cissokho
  • 21 Hutton Booked
  • 14 Senderos
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 16 Delph
  • 15 Westwood Booked
  • 10 Weimann (Bacuna - 82' )
  • 18 Richardson
  • 28 N'Zogbia (Grealish - 71' )
  • 11 Agbonlahor Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Baker
  • 06 Clark
  • 07 Bacuna
  • 08 El Ahmadi
  • 19 Bent
  • 31 Given
  • 40 Grealish
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 27,478

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

2 1

Corners

2 8

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 0, Aston Villa 1.

90:00 +5:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Aston Villa 1.

90:00 +4:06

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

90:00 +3:01

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

90:00 +1:01

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

90:00 +1:01

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:34

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

86:40

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.

85:46 Booking

Booking Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

85:36

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:36

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

84:32

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.

83:56

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:56

Foul by Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa).

81:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Andreas Weimann.

81:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Glenn Whelan.

80:21

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

79:50 Booking

Booking Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

74:48

Dangerous play by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

74:48

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

73:20

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

70:26 Substitution

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

70:05 Substitution

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

68:53

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

68:53

Foul by Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa).

68:06

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

68:06

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

67:46

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

67:00

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:00

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

65:48

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

65:25

Delay in match Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

64:56

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.

64:19

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

63:04

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

63:04

Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:17

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

57:58

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

56:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:26

Delay in match Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) because of an injury.

53:19

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

53:19

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:57

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

52:55

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

52:22

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.

52:19

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

51:14

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

50:24

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

50:24

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

49:26 Goal scored

Goal! 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.

46:54

Foul by Bojan (Stoke City).

46:54

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Stoke City 0, Aston Villa 0.

45:00 +3:00 Half time

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

45:00 +1:07

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

45:00 +0:34

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

45:00 +0:34

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

45:00 +0:22

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.

44:27

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

43:09

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

42:07

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

42:07

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

41:09

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

38:11

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

38:11

Foul by Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa).

36:19

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

35:37

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

35:37

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

31:53

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

28:28

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

27:39

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

27:39

Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:12

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

27:12

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:10

Bojan (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:10

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).

24:12

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

23:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

21:41

Delay in match Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) because of an injury.

21:06

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

21:06

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:16

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

14:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

13:55 Booking

Booking Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

13:49

Delay in match Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) because of an injury.

13:32

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

13:32

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

12:27

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.

11:30

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

11:30

Foul by Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa).

9:49

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

5:29

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

5:29

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:17

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.

0:05

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:05

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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