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Stoke City 1-1 Aston Villa: Albert Adomah rescues point for Villa

Albert Adomah, Tyrone Mings and Ahmed Elmohamady celebrate Aston Villa's equaliser at Stoke City
Albert Adomah (left) scored 15 goals in all competitions for Aston Villa last season

Aston Villa denied Stoke City a first win in six games as Albert Adomah's first goal since March 2018 was enough to secure a point at the Bet365 Stadium.

The Potters took the lead in the fifth minute when Sam Vokes smartly backheeled a Sam Clucas cross from the left flank past Jed Steer to register his first goal since his January move from Burnley.

After Steer had denied Tom Ince, Adomah equalised just after the hour mark when he side-footed Anwar El Ghazi's cutback into the bottom corner.

Stoke keeper Jack Butland then made brilliant saves to keep out efforts from Tammy Abraham and Tyrone Mings, while Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane sent a free-kick over the bar as the visitors finished the stronger.

Butland's saves, the latter tipping over a looping header from Mings in stoppage time, were fitting on a day when the hosts celebrated the life and career of legendary former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

World Cup-winner Banks, who was in the Stoke side which won the League Cup in 1972 - the club's only major trophy - died this month at the age of 81.

Flowers and tributes were laid at his statue outside the stadium, home supporters held cards up to form a mosaic in the stands before the match and Butland wore a special plain green jersey.

Stoke remain 17th, with Nathan Jones' side having won only one of their past 11 Championship games.

Villa, too, have struggled for form in recent weeks and find themselves slipping a place to 11th, eight points off the play-off places following a run of one win in 10 league outings.

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I thought first half we were good and second half we just seemed to go into our shell a little bit and were very passive.

"We've had a few passive second halves when we haven't really been on the front foot and I'm a little bit disappointed with that because after scoring a wonderful goal to take the lead you want top go and build on that and get the second goal.

"We took a step back and waited, it's symptomatic of what they've been going through for a long time, so it's a mentality shift really, but I was disappointed with how passive we were in the second half.

"They gave me everything and they worked hard but to be honest I want us to be a front-footed side that goes after teams in the second half, we were just waiting to see what Villa did and reacting from there."

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith told BBC Radio WM:

"I wasn't happy at half time, I got into the players a little bit, but that was nothing to do with the shape, system or style of play, more down to our body language when we gave balls away.

"Both teams were very sloppy in the first half, gave balls away very cheaply, and I felt we all looked at each other as if it wasn't our mistake and we were playing alright.

"Second half it was a much better display, I thought we were dominant, created the goal and probably should have scored mote and won the game."

Statue of Gordon Banks at the Bet365 Stadium
Gordon Banks' statue at the Bet365 Stadium was adorned with tributes before kick-off
Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland in action for the Potters
Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland wore a special plain green jersey in tribute to Gordon Banks



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Butland
  • 30Edwards
  • 14Batth
  • 15Martins IndiBooked at 54mins
  • 22Clucas
  • 16AdamSubstituted forWilliamsat 65'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Allen
  • 8EteboBooked at 57mins
  • 7InceSubstituted forAfobeat 74'minutes
  • 10VokesSubstituted forDioufat 17'minutes
  • 11McClean


  • 5Williams
  • 9Afobe
  • 17Shawcross
  • 18Diouf
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Federici
  • 38Woods

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Steer
  • 21HuttonSubstituted forAdomahat 7'minutesSubstituted forGreenat 85'minutes
  • 24Elphick
  • 40Mings
  • 30HauseBooked at 41mins
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 6Whelan
  • 14Hourihane
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 26Kodjia
  • 18Abraham


  • 3Taylor
  • 15Jedinak
  • 19Green
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 28L Kalinic
  • 37Adomah
  • 41J Ramsey
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Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamAston Villa
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 1, Aston Villa 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Aston Villa 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa).

  4. Post update

    Peter Etebo (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa).

  6. Post update

    Peter Etebo (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jack Butland.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

  9. Booking

    Ashley Williams (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Williams (Stoke City).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

  15. Post update

    Peter Etebo (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Sam Clucas.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Danny Batth.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Andre Green replaces Albert Adomah.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

  20. Post update

    Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

2Sheff Utd34197859342564
4West Brom34179867432460
6Bristol City3215894233953
9Nottm Forest33111484638847
11Aston Villa34101595753445
15Sheff Wed331111113948-944
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