English Premiership

Villa, Stoke in goalless draw

2012-12-08 19:28
Darren Bent (File)

Birmingham - Aston Villa, featuring for the first time since October out-of-favour striker Darren Bent, and Stoke played out a goalless draw at Villa Park on Saturday.

Villa boss Paul Lambert kept the same line-up that drew 1-1 at Queens Park Rangers with Bent taking up position on the bench.

His Stoke counterpart Tony Pulis made one change from the 1-0 win over West Brom, with Dean Whitehead replacing the suspended Charlie Adam.

Peter Crouch, who had two teeth knocked out against Newcastle recently, was named as a sub against his former club.

Villa were the stronger in the goalless first half, with captain Gabriel Agbonlahor leading the attacks against Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic, the holder of more clean sheets this campaign - eight - than any of his Premier League rivals.

Begovic was fortunate to escape though when Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross somehow managed to block a volley from Villa striker Christian Benteke, the only decent effort of the half.

Barely quarter of an hour after the restart Villa were pleading for a penalty after Agbonlahor appeared to be pushed by Stoke defender Ryan Shotton but the referee turned a deaf ear.

In an attempt to break the deadlock Lambert sent on 24 million striker Bent for the first time since October to provide some added venom in attack alongside Benteke - Agbonlahor making way.

Bent's appearance was greeted with vociferous approval by the Villa fans.

Shortly after Pulis introduced Crouch.

With two minutes remaining Stoke were reduced to 10-men when Shotton was sent off after picking up a second booking following contact with Fabian Delph.

The stalemate left Stoke, unbeaten now in their last six Premier League outings, in ninth while Villa, who had enjoyed the bulk of possession here, slipped down a place to 16th - just two points above the relegation zone.

Read more on:    aston villa  |  epl  |  darren bent  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

We tried CrossFit for 2 months ...

What happens when you ask 3, non-gym, ordinary people to give CrossFit a try for 2 months?

 
 

Outdoor

Tips for Your Next Winter Camping Trip
Mountain magic: Your guide to the Drakensberg!
Your Winter Body Weight Workout
The perks of power walking
Fixtures
07 May 2016
Norwich City v Manchester United, Carrow Road 13:45
West Ham United v Swansea City, Boleyn Ground 16:00
Crystal Palace v Stoke City, Selhurst Park 16:00
Sunderland v Chelsea, Stadium of Light 16:00
Aston Villa v Newcastle United, Villa Park 16:00
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion, Vitality Stadium 16:00
Leicester City v Everton, King Power Stadium 18:30
08 May 2016
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton, White Hart Lane 14:30
Liverpool v Watford, Anfield 17:00
Manchester City v Arsenal, Etihad Stadium 17:00
10 May 2016
West Ham United v Manchester United, Boleyn Ground 20:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.