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Stoke v Aston Villa as it happened


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By Pranav Soneji

2222: My time has come to an end - thank you for the incessant abuse because of my inability to work out how the Premier League table works, all your other suggestions and the dozen or so purported texts from Gerard Houllier. See you next time.

2219: According to Radio 5 live, Tony Pulis has left the ground so will not be available for interviews. Really impressive resolve from the Stoke boss, I take my hat off to you.

2217:Stoke assistant boss David Kemp on BBC Radio 5 live: "[Tony Pulis] has had a sad day today, it affected everybody at the club. But I asked the players the best tonic for the game was three points - and the lads have produced."

From Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "The only other time @stokecity beat Villa in the #PL was also trough an injury goal (3-2). On Aug 23, 2008 Sidibe scored in the 94th minute."

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From Steve, Cambridge, text 81111: "Stoke can go fifth with a win on Saturday."
Sorry, I'm too busy working out what I'm going to spend my lottery winnings on than look at the Premier League table.

2207: I've just seen a replay of the "foul" which earned Stoke the winning goal by Stiliyan Petrov on Jermaine Pennant. Dodgy, at best, no wonder the Bulgaria international has reacted with consternation when Lee Probert awarded the free-kick. Petrov continued his protest after the game - and was rewarded with a yellow card.

2205: Matthew Etherington - who supplied the crosses for both Stoke goals - is rightly named man of the match. But what a result for the Potters, especially considering Tony Pulis's tragic circumstances this evening, especially considering the commute from Newport, his mother's home, to attend the match this evening. So what would Gerard Houllier have made of that? Villa were good value although the inability to put away clear-cut chances will be top of the Frenchman's agenda. Gerard? Still reading? Any thoughts? Thought not.

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From Peter, York, text 81111: "Dave from London - would you like to pick my numbers for Wednesday? I've already planned how to spend my winnings."

2157:Dave, Dave, Dave. From the Alan Hansen "never win anything with kids" school of Murraying. That was a cracker of a match although the result is a tad harsh on Villa, who will be left to rue two very good chances missed at the end of the first half.


Full time
2153:Lordy, would you believe it - the very last kick of the game and Stoke have earned their first points of the season, taking them out of the relegati...oh hang on. A free-kick is launched into the box, no Villa player can clear the ball and it ends up at Matthew Etherington's feet. The winger has sufficient composure to send the ball into the mixer and the huge boot of Robert Huth shunts the ball beyond Brad Friedel from six yards, sending the Britannia Stadium into raptures. Unbelievable.


2149:Oh dear. Glenn Whelan lines up an ambitious 35-yard free-kick - and his effort is still probably on the rise. Wasteful.

2148:Three minutes of added time.

2147:Phenomenal play from Ricardo Fuller, holding off James Collins, turning the Wales international defender before spearing a powerful left-foot strike at Brad Friedel, who parries the ball away for a corner. Fuller - maddeningly frustrating, but what a handful when he is on song.

2145:Smart play between Agbonlahor and Nigel Reo-Coker sets up the latter for a strike on the edge of the area, but Danny Collins launches his body at the ball, deflecting it away from Sorensen's goal and out for a corner. Meanwhile, Villa replace the impressive Gabriel Agbonlahor with Emile Heskey, while Rory Delap departs for Glenn Whelan.

2142: Six minutes to go and this game can go either way. Strap yourselves in for an thrilling finish...

2140: Jones nets his first goal for Stoke on his home debut courtesy of an excellent left-wing cross from Matthew Etherington. The striker is unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box and nods powerfully past the despairing Brad Friedel. A huge eruption greets the goal - and I bet Dave in London (see 2105) is shifting uncomfortably in his seat right now. A mention there for Jermaine Pennant, whose ball-retention skills on the right flank set up that goal.


2136: James Collins has what looks like a small patch of burnt toast under his left eye, I'm struggling to work out what that thing is. Whatever it is, I don't want it under my left eye. Meanwhile, Ryan Shawcross gives Gabriel Agbonlahor a gentle but firm push for what he suspects was not an accidental collision with Thomas Sorensen following a free-kick. No major needle though.

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From Tim, Oxford, in awe of the Icelandic Legend, text 81111: "For goodness sake bring on Eidur Gudjohnsen - match-fit or not he's an absolute legend and should therefore be on the pitch!"

2131: Smart interchange between Ashley Young and Marc Albrighton, whose left-footed strike is spilled inside the six-yard box by Sorensen, but fortunately for Stoke there are no bluey/black (what colour is that Villa away shirt?) tops sniffing about for any loose balls.

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From Tony, Carstairs, text 81111: "So many tattoos on Jermaine Pennant - one for each club? Could even be one for every good game he's had for each club. Na, too many for that..."

2127: A Great Ormond Street-sized hospital pass from Ryan Shawcross puts Thomas Sorensen in peril with Nigel Reo-Coker poised to pounce on the mistake, but fortunately the Denmark international goalkeeper manages to get enough of the ball to avert the danger. Best to keep clear of Tommy for a few minutes, eh Ryan?

2125: On comes Jermaine Pennant for another new boy Marc Wilson, his first appearance in a Stoke shirt. Could be an intriguing combination with Matthew Etherington on the left and former Liverpool and Arsenal winger Pennant on the right.

2121: On comes Fuller for Jonathan Walters. Deadline-day signing Jermaine Pennant also looks set to make an appearance very soon too.

2119: Tony Pulis prepares to make a change with Ricardo Fuller coming on as Richard Dunne clears a dangerous-looking cross for a corner. The set-piece comes to nowt as Rory Delap slips attempting an audacious volley from the edge of the box, sending the ball high into Row K.

2115: Rory Delap could launch a throw-in towards Wales if he was so inclined, but he decides instead to send a threatening effort deep into the Villa box, dealt with inadequately by Brad Friedel. But the American goalkeeper is fortunate to see one of his defenders block Matthew Etherington's shot from about six yards.

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From Glen from Kinsley, Yorkshire, text 81111: "Utmost respect for Tony Pulis. Top man."

2110: The Etherington-Jones partnership are in action again as the left boot of the winger finds the head of the Trinidad and Tobago international on the edge of the six-yard box, but his header is pushed away by Brad Friedel before the ball is hoofed away for a corner.

2108: Will Dave from London have to eat his words in about 43 minutes time? We'll find out soon enough. Meanwhile, neither team has settled into any sort of rhythm.

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From Dave, London, text 81111: "It's like arguing over how to spend lottery winnings. Stoke won't win this one."

2105: As you were lads - no changes for either team as Stoke get the second half under way. And there's a huge, tumultuous reception for Tony Pulis, who makes his way to the dugout. For those of you who have tuned in late, Pulis' mother passed away earlier today. Impressive resolve.

From Loyal_Wanderer on 606: "What an odd looking table, Aston Villa are 3rd but with a negative goal difference. I love the start of the season."

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From Jamie, Christchurch, text 81111: "Ross from Manchester has fallen for same hurdle as yourself Pranav, BBC website projected table. Be careful in May lads!"

2055: Erm, Ross, I think we've made a huge boo-boo. Let's get this straight - STOKE WILL NOT CLIMB OUT OF THE RELEGATION ZONE if they win tonight. Right. That's done and dusted. I've just received a text from a Gerard Houllier, "bored at work in France". Didn't say much though. No doubt the ex-Liverpool manager will be encouraged by what he has seen/read so far (I'm still holding out hope he's tuning in to the live text), especially the performance Gabriel Agbonlahor.


Half time
2049: Downing sends Young through on the left and his bye-line cutback rolls straight through the six-yard box, out of reach of three bluey/black shirts and towards the far touchline. Fortunately for the hosts, the half-time whistle comes shortly after. If you're allegiances lie with the red and whites, that's probably the best thing that has happened in the last 20 minutes.

2045: Villa are dominating this match - Marc Albrighton's deep right-wing cross is volleyed goalbound by Stewart Downing, forcing Thomas Sorensen to punch the ball away from off his line with his defence in tatters. Kevin MacDonald does not want to hear the referee's whistle such is Villa's domination right now.

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From Ross, Manchester, text 81111: "Stoke would go out of relegation zone as if they won, their goal difference is superior to west brom and Wigan who would drop on. So you were right!"

2041: A shocker from Ashley Young. Gabriel Agbonlahor sends over yet another peachy cross, this time with the inside of his right boot, curling on to Young's head, but the striker somehow manages to miss from about four yards out with Sorensen helpless. Should be 2-0.

2039: Stoke are incandescent with rage as the ball strikes James Collins's arm inside the box, but referee Lee Probert ignores the claims. Looked hand to ball rather than the other way round too. Stoke assistant boss Dave Kemp can't believe it. PS - can you be incandescent with anything but rage?

2037: Brilliant, brilliant header from Stewart Downing, diving full length from close to the edge of the penalty area and diagonally heading the ball powerfully past the outstretched left hand of Thomas Sorensen from Gabriel Agbonlahor's accurate cross with the outside of his right boot. Absolutely quality goal. Definitely worth watching at the first available opportunity.


From PFCTrueBlue--M27 World Cup Final Champion Tipster on 606: "Re 2024 - Stoke would still be in the relegation zone with a win unless it's 4 points for a win now."
A salient point. Of course, a win would put Stoke above Everton but not out of the danger zone. Sorry.

2027: Quality play from Jones - chesting down a long clearance from goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen before pummelling a powerful left-footed half-volley from 25 yards at Friedel, who parries the ball away to his right. Villa immediately break after the effort, but Stoke are right back at the visitors, with Stephen Warnock clearing the ball for a Stoke corner. Exciting stuff this, a goal is within sniffing distance. Still no emails or texts from Gerard Houllier...

2024: Villa can move up to third in the league if they leave victorious from the Britannia Stadium, while Stoke would move out of the relegation zone with three points. The "oooohs" are audible as Kenwyne Jones can't get his enough of his head on a floated corner from Matthew Etherington, skimming his attempt high over Brad Friedel's crossbar.

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From Jack from Romsey, text 81111: "Stoke look really up for this game, in some ways though I want Stoke to lose so it sets up a cracking game between themselves and West Ham next Saturday lunchtime with both battling for there first points of the season."

2018: Stoke are playing tidy football, contrary to their reputation for their "muscular" tactics. Wilson in particular has added an extra dimension in midfield.

From Typical Southampton - Ging Gang Guly on 606: "Pranav, don't know if anyone's mentioned it yet but former Celtic and Bristol City midfielder Evander Sno is in hospital after suffering a heart attack during an Ajax reserve match. Get well soon Evander."

2012: New Stoke signing Marc Wilson cuts open the Villa defence like a surgeon's knife with a superb through ball for Kenwyne Jones, but the former Sunderland striker scuffs his shot as Friedel's right arm averts the danger. Encouraging for Stoke, Jones is looking a serious handful.

2008: Plenty of texts rolling in asking whether this is the first ever Premier League match where neither manager is present. I think it could well be... Meanwhile, big Robert Huth sets himself up for a shot from the edge of the penalty area, but the German meekly rolls his shot straight at Villa keeper Brad Friedel.

2004: Jones hesitates and is just caught offside from a promising position, but it's all looking good for the currently winless (in the Premier League) hosts so far.

From JackHughesByZola on 606: "I've heard Houllier has taken some advice from Mourinho on how to be at the game and not be spotted by his current French bosses, whom he has told that he is 'sick'. Watch out for a suspicious-looking laundry basket in the Villa dugout..."

2001: Decent start by Stoke as Matthew Etherington goes steaming down the right, whizzing over a cheeky-looking cross for new boy Kenwyn Jones, who uses his muscle to set the winger up for the run with a neat lay-off, but the Villa defence just about clears the danger. The Potters fans are in full voice.

2000: Villa, in their black away kit, kick off proceedings. Game on.

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From Manjit, text 81111: "My project manager is the spitting image of Houllier. I asked him why he was not at the game only to be told to get on with my work."

1957: If you're a Stoke fan, you may not want to read this next fact courtesy of Infostrada sports: The Potters have played just two Premier League matches on a Monday - and are yet to score. Villa, in contrast, have lost only one of their last 12 Premier League matches on a Monday.

1953: Some sad news to tell you about - Stoke are without manager Tony Pulis for this evening's match following the death of his mother earlier on Monday. Pulis makes one change from side thumped by Chelsea, with Marc Wilson making his debut at the expense of Andy Wilkinson following his deadline-day move from Portsmouth. New arrivals Jermaine Pennant and Eidur Gudjohnsen are on the bench. Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald insists he picked the team this evening, not Gerard Houllier. He makes one change from the side which beat Everton, handing the jet-heeled Gabriel Agbonlahor his first Premier League start of the season in place of the injured John Carew.

1948: If you are Gerard Houllier and have a couple of minutes to spare between Powerpoint presentations, why not get in contact via 606 or text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). You can even get in touch if you're not Gerard Houllier too.

1944: The teams:
Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins, Delap, Whitehead, Wilson, Etherington, Walters, Jones. Subs: Begovic, Higginbotham, Whelan, Gudjohnsen, Fuller, Pennant, Wilkinson.

Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Ashley Young, Albrighton, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Downing, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Heskey, Beye, Cuellar, Clark, Hogg.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1940: Ah. Turns out Aston Villa's new manager has a couple of meetings he just can't get out of in his former incarnation as technical director at the French Football Federation, so he'll be watching Aston Villa's trip to Stoke's Britannia Stadium on the TV or t'internet. Or he might even be surreptitiously spying on these very words during a meeting with some very important French people. I doubt it, but you never know.

1930: Welcome back to English football Gerard Houllier. Mr Houllier? Gerard? Anyone seen a former Liverpool and France manager in the second city?

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13 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 13 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 16 12
2 Arsenal 4 10 10
3 Man Utd 4 6 8
4 Blackpool 4 0 7
5 Birmingham 4 1 6
6 Fulham 4 1 6
7 Aston Villa 4 -3 6
8 Man City 4 2 5
9 Wolves 4 0 5
10 Sunderland 4 0 5
11 Tottenham 4 0 5
12 Bolton 4 -1 5
13 Liverpool 4 -2 5
14 Newcastle 4 1 4
15 Blackburn 4 -1 4
16 West Brom 4 -6 4
17 Wigan 4 -9 4
18 Stoke 4 -3 3
19 Everton 4 -2 2
20 West Ham 4 -10 0

see also
Stoke City v Aston Villa photos
13 Sep 10 |  Football
McAllister eager for Villa talks
18 Sep 10 |  Aston Villa

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