Aston Villa secured a road point at Stoke City following a dominant second-half display.
Aston Villa’s league-leading 15th draw of the season means the club sticks around top-half of the EFL Championship table for the time being. Barring a miracle winning run, it’s unlikely play-offs will be attainable this season.
But the football hasn’t stopped yet, and Villa had a road game away to Stoke on Saturday. The match started disastrously as Stoke forward Sam Vokes rolled in the game’s opening goal inside five minutes. Things got worse when Alan Hutton had to depart with a knee injury in the 7th-minute as Albert Adomah came in for relief while Ahmed Elmohamady slid to right-back.
For Hutton, hopefully it’s not his final appearance in the claret and blue (or career, for that matter).
Goalscorer Vokes left with an injury of his own about ten minutes later, but Stoke kept up a decent attack for much of the remaining first-half. Villa got things going as the half progressed, but could not threaten Jack Butland in goal. Villa may have been down at halftime but they came out en fuego after the break. Anwar El Ghazi was a constant threat down the left channel, while set pieces were aplenty.
Albert Adomah, of all players, scored the equalizer for Villa – his first of the season – when he fired home from a ground cross. The game ended 1-1 as Stoke, and specifically Jack Butland, held on for a share of the spoils.