Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke- Report
Report of match 8th December 2012
Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke- Report.
Shotton sees red in Villa Park stalemate
Stoke defender Ryan Shotton was controversially sent off in stoppage time in an instantly forgettable Barclays Premier League goalless draw at Aston Villa.
Shotton was given his marching orders by referee Roger East for a second bookable offence but replays showed he made no contact on Villa substitute Fabian Delph.
Villa striker Darren Bent made his return to action as the home side's youngsters stood up to the physical challenge presented by Stoke.
Bent made his first appearance for nearly six weeks midway through the second period but was unable to inspire Villa to gain the three points.
Paul Lambert's side were well worthy of a share of the spoils, though, as they extended their unbeaten run to four games and edged further away from the relegation zone.
Villa's 'tiny tots' looked ready-made for Stoke to impose their physical presence on them but they passed the challenge with flying colours.
The back three of Chris Herd, Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker coped admirably with the threat of Kenwyne Jones and former Villa striker Peter Crouch.
Stoke will also take heart from extending their unbeaten run to six games, from which they have collected 14 points, and they have now registered eight clean sheets this season.
Villa began brightly and Gabriel Agbonlahor picked out the run of top scorer Christian Benteke into the Stoke box but Shotton was alert to the situation and tidied up.
The hosts forced three early corners, although Stoke dealt comfortably enough with Barry Bannan's crosses into the danger area.
But the Potters were indebted to a crucial block from skipper Ryan Shawcross to keep out Benteke's close-range volley after Clark had headed the ball back across goal.
Matthew Lowton then had the confidence to cut inside and create space for himself but his left-footed drive did not extend Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Bannan then curled a free-kick over the bar after Benteke had been brought down by Geoff Cameron 20 yards out.
Villa knocked the ball around in confident style, with Stoke content to soak up the pressure and try to hit the home side on the counter-attack.
Stoke midfielder Steven N'Zonzi appeared to flick a hand in the face of Villa centre-back Baker in the build-up to a Potters corner but both players were spoken to by referee Roger East.
Villa were looking the more likely to break the deadlock. Robert Huth cut out a low Eric Lichaj cross aimed at Benteke, who had another effort blocked from Brett Holman's low ball.
Stoke were incensed by a centre-circle challenge on Glenn Whelan by Clark in first-half stoppage time but it escaped any punishment.
Villa started the second half brightly and Begovic went down to his left to cling onto Benteke's volley after Lowton had flicked on a Bannan cross.
Tempers were becoming frayed and Villa keeper Brad Guzan squared up to Jones after being barged into when collecting a cross.
Benteke continued to ask questions of Stoke and some trickery inside the area created half a chance but Huth reacted quickly to block his shot on the turn.
Lambert brought on Bent and Stephen Ireland for Agbonlahor and Holman midway through the second half while Stoke replaced Matthew Etherington and Jones with Cameron Jerome and Crouch.
Shotton became the first player to be yellow-carded after 75 minutes after fouling Ireland.
Then came his stoppage-time red card, although there was no time left for Villa to cash in on their numerical advantage.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Villa Park Attendance: 30,110|
||0 - 0||Stoke City
|90+3||Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shotton on Fabian Delph. The referee red cards Ryan Shotton for second bookable offence. Indirect free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.|
|90+1||Ashley Westwood sends in a cross, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.|
|90+1||Fabian Delph crosses the ball, Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance.|
|86||Eric Lichaj takes a shot.|
|86||Ryan Shotton delivers the ball, save by Bradley Guzan.|
|84||Foul by Stephen Ireland on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.|
|82||Shot on goal by Stephen Ireland from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.|
|81||Cameron Jerome is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ciaran Clark takes the free kick.|
|79||The ball is crossed by Ryan Shotton, clearance by Chris Herd.|
|78||Chris Herd challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Huth.|
|77||(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Fabian Delph coming on for Barry Bannan.|
|76||The ball is crossed by Ryan Shotton, clearance by Nathan Baker.|
|74||Foul by Ryan Shotton on Stephen Ireland, free kick awarded. Ryan Shotton goes into the referee's book. Peter Crouch comes on in place of Kenwyne Jones. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Bannan.|
|73||The ball is swung over by Ryan Shotton, save by Bradley Guzan.|
|71||Eric Lichaj produces a cross, Geoff Cameron makes a clearance.|
|69||Christian Benteke is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.|
|67||Foul by Christian Benteke on Steven Nzonzi, free kick awarded. Cameron Jerome on for Matthew Etherington. Robert Huth takes the indirect free kick.|
|66||Jonathan Walters has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.|
|66||The ball is delivered by Robert Huth.|
|65||Stephen Ireland joins the action as a substitute, replacing Brett Holman. Darren Bent on for Gabriel Agbonlahor.|
|65||Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, save made by Bradley Guzan.|
|64||The ball is sent over by Jonathan Walters, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.|
|62||Glenn Whelan crosses the ball, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.|
|60||Christian Benteke takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.|
|56||Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke. Matthew Lowton takes the free kick.|
|55||Kenwyne Jones challenges Bradley Guzan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.|
|54||Ryan Shotton delivers the ball, save made by Bradley Guzan.|
|53||Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Herd. Chris Herd takes the free kick.|
|51||Ciaran Clark concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Shotton. Geoff Cameron restarts play with the free kick.|
|50||Brett Holman crosses the ball.|
|49||Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Ashley Westwood, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Bannan.|
|48||Jonathan Walters sends in a cross, Nathan Baker makes a clearance.|
|47||The official flags Kenwyne Jones offside. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.|
|45||Christian Benteke takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.|
|45+1||Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Nzonzi on Nathan Baker. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.|
|44||The assistant referee signals for offside against Christian Benteke. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.|
|43||Gabriel Agbonlahor sends in a cross.|
|41||Corner taken right-footed by Steven Nzonzi from the left by-line to the near post, Ashley Westwood makes a clearance.|
|40||Geoff Cameron fouled by Brett Holman, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.|
|40||Eric Lichaj gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. Geoff Cameron restarts play with the free kick.|
|38||The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Ciaran Clark restarts play with the free kick.|
|37||Unfair challenge on Barry Bannan by Dean Whitehead results in a free kick. Barry Bannan restarts play with the free kick.|
|34||Unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Christian Benteke results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.|
|30||Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenwyne Jones. Free kick taken by Geoff Cameron.|
|24||Unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Barry Bannan restarts play with the free kick.|
|23||Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.|
|21||Ryan Shotton crosses the ball, Nathan Baker makes a clearance.|
|20||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke by Robert Huth. Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.|
|18||Foul by Geoff Cameron on Christian Benteke, free kick awarded. Barry Bannan has an effort direct from the free kick.|
|16||Geoff Cameron gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Baker. Barry Bannan delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Robert Huth.|
|14||The ball is delivered by Jonathan Walters.|
|12||Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.|
|11||Barry Bannan produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|11||Outswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan, Christian Benteke takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.|
|11||Centre by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ryan Shotton manages to make a clearance.|
|10||Handball by Christian Benteke. Glenn Whelan takes the free kick.|
|7||The assistant referee flags for offside against Christian Benteke. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.|
|4||Brett Holman takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.|
|4||The ball is delivered by Barry Bannan.|
|3||Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the right by-line, Kenwyne Jones makes a clearance.|
|3||Geoff Cameron concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Barry Bannan takes the indirect free kick.|
|2||Centre by Barry Bannan.|
|1||The ball is sent over by Matthew Lowton, clearance by Ryan Shotton. Barry Bannan takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Glenn Whelan.|