Peter Crouch scored the winner against former club Aston Villa as he helped Stoke extend their unbeaten home league run to six games.

Charlie Adam gave the Potters the lead when he latched on to a Crouch knockdown before tucking in a shot.

Libor Kozak pounced on a poor headed backpass from Erik Pieters to slot in a Villa equaliser.

But after keeper Brad Guzan missed a cross, the ball fell for Crouch to net from close range and move Stoke 10th.

Mark Hughes wants Stoke 'to kick on'

The closest Villa went to a second leveller was when Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic tipped over a dipping Kozak strike but the Midlands side could not prevent a third straight defeat.

The visitors had earned more points on their travels than at home this season and Paul Lambert's side had the better of rare first half goal-scoring opportunities.

Villa centre-back Nathan Baker went close when he latched on to an Ashley Westwood cross, but his diving header was saved by Begovic.

The Stoke stopper also gratefully gathered a shot from Aleksandar Tonev shot after the Potters had failed to clear a cross from Villa winger Marc Albrighton.

The home side also escaped what the visitors thought should have been a red card for Marc Wilson. The defender lost control of the ball and then in trying to retrieve the situation fouled forward Andreas Weimann, who argued he would have been clean through on goal.

Stoke conversion rate

  • Stoke had two shots on target in the win over Aston Villa and scored from both of them.

Stoke had struggled to create but did inadvertently go close when Geoff Cameron's cross turned into a shot which Villa keeper Brad Guzan had to tip over his crossbar.

The home side also gave the visitors a scare when winger Oussama Assaidi's cross was only partially cleared by centre-back Ciaran Clark and Potters forward Marko Arnautovic had a shot blocked by Baker.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes had cut an agitated figure on the touchline in the first half and his move to bring on Adam for Arnautovic at the break had an immediate effect.

A long diagonal ball was knocked down by Crouch for the Scottish midfielder, who controlled the ball on his chest before scoring with an angled shot across goal.

Villa deserved more - Lambert

However, a defensive blunder allowed Villa back into the game when a long goal-kick from Guzan was headed by Wilson to Pieters, whose attempt to nod the ball back to Begovic was too tame and allowed Kozak to slot in an equaliser.

There was a marked improvement in the second half and Stoke restored their lead when Cameron's cross went under Guzan and struck Crouch on the chest before the forward shot into an empty net.

Crouch also diverted a late shot against the post but, despite Kozak's strike being saved by Begovic, Stoke comfortably secured victory.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes:

"It was difficult for us in the first half. We were against the wind. We set our stall out in the second half when the wind was with us.

Crouch asks fans for Strictly support

"Peter Crouch, among others, did well. He gave us a focal point and we scored two good goals. I felt we did enough to win the game.

"We are doing ok. We are going in the direction. We want to kick on from this point onwards. We have worked hard in first part of season and we need to continue that."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "I thought we were excellent in the first half. The wind was very strong but even in the second half we had chances. It was a very close game.

"We thought when we got it 1-1 that we might have gone on. We will go again. I don't think we deserved to lose."

On the decision not to send off Marc Wilson, he added: "You have got to respect the decisions and sometimes you get them and sometimes you don't"

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (4)

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron
  • 03 Pieters
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 12 Wilson Booked
  • 19 Walters
  • 06 Whelan
  • 25 Crouch
  • 10 Arnautovic (Adam - 45' )
  • 24 Assaidi (Pennant - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Muniesa
  • 07 Pennant
  • 08 Palacios
  • 09 Jones
  • 16 Adam
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 29 Sørensen

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 34 Lowton
  • 06 Clark Booked
  • 15 Westwood Booked
  • 17 Herd Booked
  • 02 Baker
  • 12 Albrighton Booked (Bacuna - 81' )
  • 16 Delph Booked
  • 27 Kozák
  • 10 Weimann
  • 24 Tonev (Bowery - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Bacuna
  • 08 El Ahmadi
  • 09 Helenius
  • 13 Steer
  • 14 Luna
  • 18 Sylla
  • 21 Bowery
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 26,003

Match Stats

Shots

12 14

On target

2 4

Corners

6 7

Fouls

13 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 2, Aston Villa 1.

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Aston Villa 1.

90:00 +1:58

Offside, Aston Villa. Matthew Lowton tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

90:00 +1:11

Jermaine Pennant (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:11

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Aston Villa).

89:09

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jonathan Walters.

88:42

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

88:42

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:24 Booking

Booking Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:17

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:17

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

83:19

Offside, Stoke City. Glenn Whelan tries a through ball, but Jermaine Pennant is caught offside.

80:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Marc Albrighton.

80:22

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

80:22

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:59

Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

78:52

Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Libor Kozák.

76:30

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

76:30

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:49

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

75:49

Chris Herd (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:12

Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.

74:43

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

74:40

Attempt saved. Libor Kozák (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

72:37

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Glenn Whelan with a headed pass following a corner.

72:02

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Marc Albrighton.

71:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Jermaine Pennant replaces Oussama Assaidi.

71:01

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

71:01

Chris Herd (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 2, Aston Villa 1. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Geoff Cameron with a cross.

68:28

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:28

Foul by Chris Herd (Aston Villa).

67:00

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

67:00

Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Jordan Bowery replaces Aleksandar Tonev.

65:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, Aston Villa 1. Libor Kozák (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

64:44

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

63:59

Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

62:29

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

62:29

Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:46

Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:40 Booking

Booking Chris Herd (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

60:24

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:24

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

59:12 Booking

Booking Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:32

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:32

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

57:44

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:44

Foul by Chris Herd (Aston Villa).

56:39

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:39

Foul by Libor Kozák (Aston Villa).

55:29

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:29

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

53:16

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

53:16

Libor Kozák (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:51

Offside, Stoke City. Geoff Cameron tries a through ball, but Jonathan Walters is caught offside.

51:11

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:11

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa).

51:07

Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

50:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, Aston Villa 0. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

49:36 Booking

Booking Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

49:29

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:29

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

48:34

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

47:58

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:58

Foul by Libor Kozák (Aston Villa).

46:57

Attempt missed. Erik Pieters (Stoke City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

46:14

Offside, Aston Villa. Ciaran Clark tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Stoke City 0, Aston Villa 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Marko Arnautovic.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stoke City 0, Aston Villa 0.

44:34

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

44:34

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:24

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Libor Kozák.

42:32

Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Geoff Cameron with a cross.

41:39

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Aleksandar Tonev.

41:24

Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

41:23

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oussama Assaidi with a cross.

40:32

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:32

Foul by Chris Herd (Aston Villa).

39:59

Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan Walters with a headed pass.

39:17

Attempt missed. Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

38:50

Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oussama Assaidi with a cross following a set piece situation.

38:17

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:17

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

36:53

Attempt missed. Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oussama Assaidi with a cross following a corner.

36:31

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

33:57

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

33:57

Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:43

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:43

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

30:32

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

30:32

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:19

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

27:01

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Marko Arnautovic.

26:59

Attempt blocked. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:55 Booking

Booking Marc Wilson (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:23

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

25:23

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:46

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

20:12 Booking

Booking Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

20:04

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:04

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa).

18:06

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

15:39

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:39

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

14:31

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

14:31

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:08

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Tonev (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

11:53

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:53

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa).

10:03

Offside, Aston Villa. Marc Albrighton tries a through ball, but Libor Kozák is caught offside.

9:34

Attempt saved. Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross.

9:08

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

8:34

Offside, Stoke City. Asmir Begovic tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

2:34

Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:04

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

0:44

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Tonev (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ciaran Clark.

0:14

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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