Aston Villa stalemate with Stoke | Edging closer to safety

Aston Villa stalemate with Stoke | Edging closer to safety

Aston Villa edged that little step closer to securing their Premier League status for another season with their 14th Premier League draw of the season a record they hold above the entire Premier League table to-date

Having played 32 matches so far Aston Villa’s Win/Lose/ Ratio’s read

Win 21.88%

Lose 34.38%

Draw 43.75%

Aston Villa took the lead on 32 minutes thanks to, the ever-improving Austrian, Andreas Weimann with a great individual strike at goal.  Stoke City equalised mid-way through the second half with a Robert Huth header.

Aston Villa have been in the Premier League from the beginning back in 1992.  Only Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham hold this 20 season record.

Aston Villa started the game on a positive note and before Weimann scored Aston Villa’s goal he had a goal disallowed due to being in an offside position. It was a nice lofted ball from Stephen Ireland between the centre-back and Stoke City’s keeper Asmir Begovic.

Andreas Weimann has been on fire for the reserves in recent times but it seems that he is relishing his opportunity to make sure Alex McLeish does not forget him in the future.  Weimann wanted to build from his last-minute winner against Fulham a few weeks ago at Villa Park.

Weimann has been a product of the Villa academy and he linked-up play well with team-mate Eric Lichaj to set up a nice little triangle between Lichaj, Weimann and Ireland.  Lichaj received the ball and passed to Weimann who then laid the ball off to Ireland and continued his run and used his upper-body strength to free himself from Stoke’s defender and calmly dispatched a right foot curler passed Begovic.

Aston Villa took their 1-0 goal advantage into the half-time interval and for majority of the second half until the Robert Huth powered home for the second time in 48 hrs.  Robert Huth was beneficiary of Jermaine Pennant’s free kick which was given very cheaply by referee Mike Dean.  Dean believed that Gary Gardner had unfairly challenged Jermaine Pennant and after watching replays it clear to see that Pennant over-exaggerated the challenge.

Stoke City’s equaliser wasn’t as fairly deserved as pictures clearly show that Robert Huth and fellow Stoke players bullied James Collins and impeded the Aston Villa defender which is not that easy to do.

Aston Villa were once again not helped as they were forced into making substitutions Gary Gardner was forced to come on for Stephen Warnock who was unable to continue on the hour mark.  In the later stages of the match when Aston Villa’s Chris Herd was grounded by climbing for an aerial challenge with Stoke City’s Robert Huth the two clashed heads and Herd landed on his head.  Herd became much disoriented and was later taken to hospital as a precautionary measure for a check up.  It would seem that there is nothing seriously wrong with Chris Herd as he tweeted this

“Morning ,Feeling much better this morning!!! #PrayForStan thinking of you today mate!!!”

The late stoppage in the 88th minute meant that there was an additional 5 minutes of added time with Aston Villa looking to hit Stoke City on the break to snatch the winner in the dying moments.

Next Page: Stats report from the match for Villa Vs Stoke… (click button bottom right or top right)

Aston Villa managed to gain 53.7% possession something they haven’t been able to over the last two games averaging 30% in the games against Chelsea and Liverpool. With Aston Villa’s possession percentage meant Stoke City were limited to 47.3%, this stat was quite surprising as it felt like it was the other way round. Stoke City played the game in their familiar fashion of hoofing the ball up-field finding the towering members of the Stoke City team who averaged 6 ft.

Aston Villa managed to complete 69% of their passes with 265 successful from 391 attempted passes. Stoke City managed to better Aston Villa pass completion by a single 1% to total 70%, even though Stoke had a better success rate they struck together far fewer pass attempts at 316 and were successful on 222 occasions.

Aston Villa possession was a real shock as I was at the game and it seemed that Aston Villa had a problem with ball retention and ability to find a team-mate.  Stoke City’s Rory Delap was very busy as Stoke had 39 throw-in during the game.

Stoke City attempted 31 crosses but were only successful on 8 occasion this equated to 26% accuracy. Compared to Aston Villa who attempted just 8 crosses but were more pin-point and acute with 4 crosses finding intended targets giving them a 50% success rate.

Aston Villa had a lot of injuries and have lost Stiliyan Petrov – so Stephen Ireland has been drafted in as his short-term replacement.  Stephen Ireland yesterday was the games player who had more passes throughout the game with 73 passes and managed 57 accurate giving him a pass accuracy percentage of 78%.  41% of Ireland passes came from passing forward and managed to get an accurate cross.

Earlier in the season Aston Villa players had been going into tackles recklessly but have become more accurate and better timed tackles against Stoke managed 88% successful tackles from 16 attempts of which 14 were won.

Even though Andreas Weimann was awarded the Man of the Match following him scoring the Aston Villa goal – there was another individual that deserves a special mention and that’s James Collins.

James Collins came out in the past week saying that he was back to his best and its becoming clear Collins has turned a corner following last season’s Health Club bust-up with the Villa backroom staff.  James Collins was able to be in the right place and the right time whether it was heading or clearing the deck with distribution using his feet.

James Collins over the recent two months has featured in 8 games for Aston Villa and he has attempted 230 passes but only been successful on 144 occasions giving him a 63% success rate and Collins managed 58% of his passes forward. James Collins has used his height presence to help attempt 49 header clearances but was only able to be successful of 29 occasions. Collins reached over 50% success with his clearances being successful on 45 occasions from an attempted 82.

Aston Villa fans went into the game against Stoke in a buoyant mood following him their draw away at Anfield on Saturday and they came away with a point which would have been an acceptable result before kick-off yesterday.  It is thought that Aston Villa would like to get another 6 points to put themselves with breathing space in the closing stages of the season.

Aston Villa travel to Manchester United on Sunday not really expecting much as Manchester United will want to retain their Premier League trophy following Manchester City’s season fizzing out.