English Premiership

Villa, Stoke share honours

2011-04-23 20:23
Darren Bent (File)

Birmingham - Darren Bent equalised in the 43rd minute Saturday to give Aston Villa a 1-1 draw against Stoke in the Premier League.

With Villa manager Gerard Houllier still recovering from chest pains in the hospital, Bent met Kyle Walker's cross at the edge of the area and flicked a header in via the far post.

Kenwyne Jones had given Stoke the lead following one of Rory Delap's trademark long throw-ins, climbing above the Villa defense to deflect his header past goalkeeper Brad Friedel into the corner of the net.

Substitute Ricardo Fuller thought he had scored a winner for Stoke but was whistled for offside. Fuller then picked up what appeared to be an Achilles problem in the closing seconds and had to be carried off on a stretcher.

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