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Last Updated: Sunday March 01 2009 18:37 GMT

Villa held by late Stoke goal

Aston Villa after the match

A dramatic 90th minute equaliser from Glenn Whelan held Aston Villa to a 2-2 draw against Stoke at home.

Villa went ahead just before half time with a strike from Stiliyan Petrov. John Carew then doubled the lead and it looked like the game was settled.

But with three minutes to go, Ryan Shawcross headed in a James Beattie cross. And two minutes later Whelan brought the teams level.

Villa are still in fourth place, six points clear of rivals Arsenal.

A win would have extended their advantage over the Gunners to eight.

Relegation fears

Blackburn Rovers celebrate
Blackburn Rovers celebrate
Elsewhere West Ham moved up to seventh place after clinching a 1-0 thoroughly deserved victory over Manchester City.

And Blackburn are out of the relegation zone on goal difference after a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Hull.

Bolton were celebrating their third win in four games after beating Newcastle 1-0.