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  1. Villa starting XI: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Amavi, Crespo, Westwood, Gueye, Veretout, Gestede, Sinclair.
  2. Stoke starting XI: Butland, Johnson, Cameron, Wollscheid, Pieters, Adam, Whelan, Walters, Krkic, Arnautovic, Diouf.
  3. Villa 18th in table, Stoke 17th

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By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City

Boos inside Villa Park tell us that is the full-time whistle and another defeat for Aston Villa. Stoke claim a second successive win and move away from the relegation zone.

A Villa free-kick comes to nothing, a first home win of the season still missing. Fans are leaving Villa Park at quite a pace. 

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People criticising Sherwood are unfair. Villa have been better team overall. He didn't sell our best 2 players. Give him time. #bbcfootball

Five minutes to be added on, five minutes between Stoke and a second win of the season.

I might have been bit hardh on Mame Biram Diouf, he's going on to a stretcher. He's sitting up, mind. Meanwhile, Jordan Ayew has hit the side-netting from a tight angle for Villa.

Mame Biram Diouf

Mame Biram Diouf has spent a lot of time of the turf today and he's down again. Joselu is preparing to come on as Villa fans in the stand look very disgruntled.

Has it been a bit muddled for Villa today? Tim Sherwood is looking a touch stressed on the touchline, perhaps because his tactics have not worked. His fist-half wing-back system left his forwards isolated, while a back four in the second half left a huge hole for the Stoke goal.


A final throw of the dice for Villa? Carles Gil is on for Ashley Westwood.

Very, very quiet inside Villa Park, the home team providing their fans little to cheer about. Stoke have plenty of men behind the ball, snuffing out an Alan Hutton cross.


Substitution for Stoke, with goalscorer Arnautovic making way for Marko van Ginkel. A defensive move.

No inspiration from Villa, no sign of searching for that equaliser. As I write that, Rudy Gestede gets free down the right and shoots from outside the box, but it's straight at Jack Butland.

How Stoke scored

Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke

Marko Arnautovic cuts through the Villa defence to give Tim Sherwood plenty to think about. You can't see the Villa defenders on this, and to be honest they weren't anywhere close to the Stoke forward. 

Marko Arnautovic goal

Sloppy defending and poor finishing for villa. Not going to win games with that combo. #bbcfootball

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot rings out inside Villa Park, probably because of England's crunch Rugby World Cup game tonight. Villa could do with some meaty forward play right now. 


Goals mean changes. Stoke remove Bojan from Ibrahim Afellay, Villa bring on Jordan Ayew for Scott Sinclair. 


Immediately, Villa should be level, Micah Richards heading wide at the back post when completely unmarked. This game has sparked into life.

Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City

Marko Arnautovic (55 mins)

Marko Arnautovic celebrates
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Stoke have the lead, Aston Villa ripped apart through the simplest of moves. Marko Arnautovic has the freedom of Villa Park on the edge of the penalty area, in the gap between the two centre-halves. He's slid through, waltzes through and finishes off the post.

Are the Villa fans just starting to turn? The home side easily defend a corner, the fans urge them upfield, to no avail. Micah Richards almost gets himself into a tangle too. Second half currently without the urgency of the first.

Villa, now right to left in the second half, have come out with decent purpose. Good work between Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Amavi forces a corner that Stoke clear.

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Final Score

"Ray Parlour.. Carrot top... But loves parsnip soup being served up in the press room at half time"

Ray Parlour


Back under way at Villa Park, with the home side making an interesting change. Off goes Joleon Lescott, on comes Jack Grealish. It looks like a flat back four for Villa, as part of a 4-4-2. 


Around the grounds in the Premier League, there's some interesting half-time scores...


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Just looking at the replay of that Arnautovic disallowed goal again. Possibly level, possibly not. Villa were opened up very easily, mind.

Sinclair isolated?

Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke

You can see from Villa's average positions that their three centre-backs are clearly holding their positions. Perhaps Scott Sinclair (9) needs a bit more support up front though?

Aston Villa average position first half


Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke

There's the whistle. Neither side pleased, neither side unhappy.

Half-time approaching in what's been a pretty decent game. Both sides have looked to get forward, both lacking that cutting edge. There's been two contentious decisions - Stoke will feel they had a goal unfairly chalked off, Villa will think they should have had a penalty. One minute added on.

Former Villa midfielder Ian Taylor is in the crowd. He's got double motivation to see a Villa win today - he's a former Port Vale player.

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"Cameron got his feet into a dangerous position. If you are telling me that Cameron cleanly played the ball, I don't think you're right."

Penalty appeal

Now it's Villa's turn to feel aggrieved, as Jordan Veretout's dance into the box is ended by a Geoff Cameron challenge. The Frenchman lies on the turf and screams for a penalty. There was contact and not much ball...

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"I think Stoke are hard-done-by there. It would have been a good goal for Arnautovic because he started the move."


Stoke think they are in front, only for the offside flag to deny them. Ball in from Bojan, Marko Arnautovic sticking out a leg to deflect the ball past Brad Guzan. Is he onside? Replays suggest he's level.

Jordan Veretout and Marko Arnautovic
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It's all just settled a little, with clear-cut chances very much at a premium. Like I said before, lots of industry, but not a great deal of quality.

5 defenders and 2 holding midfielders, Sherwood has lost his mind, short on players in every attack #bbcfootball

Action areas

Mark Hughes, the sliver fox, sits on the Stoke bench with his elbows on his knees and his red tie drooping limply from his neck. He looks as concerned as a man whose daughter has just gone on a date with Pete Doherty.

Ooofff, good save by Jack Butland, tipping over as Joleon Lescott powers a header from a corner. Had the whistle gone? It had, for a push by Lescott. Still good from Butland, though.