Stoke earned a first Premier League away win since August after coming from behind to comfortably beat Aston Villa.

Villa began brightly with Christian Benteke giving them the lead from Fabian Delph's cut-back.

But two Stoke goals in four minutes transformed the game as Peter Odemwingie finished on the run before Peter Crouch scored from close range.

Steven Nzonzi made it 3-1 before the break with Geoff Cameron grabbing a fourth goal in the 90th minute.

Four for the road

  • This victory was the first time Stoke have score four goals away from home in the Premier League

The 37 points Stoke have achieved this season under boss Mark Hughes should secure their survival in the top flight for another year.

But the Welsh manager, appointed last summer, has targeted an improvement on Stoke's best Premier League finish in 2010 and they are now 10 points off that record.

The performance was yet more evidence that his team have evolved under his stewardship as they recovered from a slow start to out-pass and out-wit their opponents.

By continuing their good form, which has seen them lose one of their last eight Premier League games, they moved above Aston Villa to 10th place in the table.

Their second away win in the league this season also added to home victories over Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Paul Lambert's side failed to match the intensity they achieved in beating league leaders Chelsea last weekend and they were inhibited by first-half injuries to Karim El Ahmadi and Andreas Weimann.

They began where they left off in that tempestuous win over Jose Mourinho's side by taking the lead after five minutes and the goalscorer in that game, Delph, was involved again.

The Villa midfielder latched on to Ryan Bertrand's pass ahead of Cameron and cut the ball back to Benteke, who expertly found the roof of the net for his sixth goal in his last 10 games.

As the hosts chased three successive home wins for the first time since 2007, the mood inside Villa Park was buoyant.

But Stoke kept their composure despite being without Stephen Ireland, who has a clause in the contract he signed in January which prevents him playing against former club Villa.

After Odemwingie had served a warning with a shot that deflected just over, they went ahead with two quick-fire strikes.

Nigerian striker Odemwingie grabbed the first, after chipping the ball up to Crouch, taking the return and holding off Bertrand to find the bottom corner.

Crouch then got in on the act against his former club by tucking in Erik Pieters's cross after the Dutch defender latched onto Marko Arnautovic's back heel.

It got worse before the break when a fine spate of passing from the visitors led to Nzonzi's strike from the edge of the area although Nathan Baker had a chance to intercept Arnautovic's through ball.

Boos rang round Villa Park at half-time and although Delph tried to galvanise a response with some surging runs, Stoke kept the hosts at arm's length.

Odemwingie drew a decent stop from Brad Guzan but after the glut of goals in the first half, the second period failed to reach the same heights until Cameron raced forward to steer home another cut-back from the excellent Arnautovic.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "We were second best if truth be known. We started well but it wasn't good enough. We didn't deserve to get anything from the game. The goals we lost, were really poor from our side.

"In a strange way when the bigger teams come you are naturally up for it anyway but when you play teams in and about you it becomes reality. These games can be more difficult because of the nature of that but that wasn't good enough."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "It's been a long time coming to be honest, but it was worth waiting for. Albeit we had a poor start, but after that it was exactly what we needed. We showed personality, we got on the ball, knocked it around but the difference today was we had a cutting edge.

"I think the third goal had 16 or 19 passes before we stuck the ball in the net so maybe that was an indication of what we are trying to do. We have seven games left, we have realistic targets about what we want to achieve this season."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (4)

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 07 Bacuna Booked
  • 23 Bertrand
  • 15 Westwood (Holt - 73' )
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 02 Baker Booked
  • 08 El Ahmadi Booked (Albrighton - 33' Booked )
  • 16 Delph
  • 20 Benteke Booked
  • 10 Weimann (Sylla - 33' )
  • 11 Agbonlahor

Substitutes

  • 03 Bennett
  • 06 Clark
  • 12 Albrighton
  • 13 Steer
  • 18 Sylla
  • 29 Holt
  • 37 Robinson

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron
  • 03 Pieters (Muniesa - 78' )
  • 08 Palacios Booked
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 12 Wilson
  • 09 Odemwingie
  • 06 Whelan
  • 25 Crouch
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 10 Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • 05 Muniesa
  • 11 Shea
  • 23 Guidetti
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 29 Sørensen
  • 30 Shotton
  • 31 Ward
Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Att: 30,292

Match Stats

Shots

12 10

On target

3 5

Corners

5 3

Fouls

16 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 4.

90:00 +5:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 4.

90:00 +3:32

Attempt saved. Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Baker.

90:00 +3:00

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Marc Muniesa.

89:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 4. Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

87:08

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

86:31

Grant Holt (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:31

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

85:38

Offside, Stoke City. Steven N'Zonzi tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside.

82:57 Booking

Booking Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82:35

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

82:35

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

81:39

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

81:05

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

81:05

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

80:13 Booking

Booking Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:07

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

80:07

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

79:21

Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:21

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

77:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Marc Muniesa replaces Erik Pieters because of an injury.

76:48

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76:02

Delay in match Erik Pieters (Stoke City) because of an injury.

75:26

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

75:26

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

73:26

Offside, Stoke City. Ryan Shawcross tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

73:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Grant Holt replaces Ashley Westwood.

72:17

Delay in match Wilson Palacios (Stoke City) because of an injury.

71:52 Booking

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

71:48

Wilson Palacios (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:48

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa).

69:41

Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:41

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

68:54

Offside, Aston Villa. Ryan Bertrand tries a through ball, but Marc Albrighton is caught offside.

68:41

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

65:42

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wilson Palacios.

65:00

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

65:00

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

64:46

Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

63:28

Attempt saved. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Crouch.

61:46

Wilson Palacios (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:46

Foul by Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa).

60:01

Offside, Aston Villa. Yacouba Sylla tries a through ball, but Marc Albrighton is caught offside.

59:18

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:18

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

57:25

Wilson Palacios (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:25

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa).

55:59

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

55:59

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

55:20

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ashley Westwood.

53:56

Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:56

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

51:23 Booking

Booking Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

51:20

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

51:20

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

51:00

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

46:17

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:17

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

45:00

Second Half begins Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 3.

45:00 +3:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 3.

45:00 +0:09

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

43:19

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

43:19

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa).

41:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 3. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

40:58

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

40:43

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Wilson Palacios.

39:48

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.

39:04

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

38:30

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).

38:30

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:58

Attempt missed. Marc Wilson (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Glenn Whelan with a cross following a corner.

36:28

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Yacouba Sylla.

34:12

Foul by Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa).

34:12

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Marc Albrighton replaces Karim El Ahmadi because of an injury.

32:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Yacouba Sylla replaces Andreas Weimann because of an injury.

31:30

Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

30:59

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

30:43

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).

30:43

Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:40

Offside, Stoke City. Erik Pieters tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside.

28:21

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:38

Delay in match Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

25:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 2. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erik Pieters.

23:43

Attempt missed. Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a set piece situation.

23:14 Booking

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

23:06

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:06

Foul by Wilson Palacios (Stoke City).

21:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 1. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a headed pass.

19:39

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ron Vlaar.

19:38

Attempt blocked. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilson Palacios.

18:35

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

15:37

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

15:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

14:35

Delay in match Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

14:21

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:21

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

11:23

Offside, Stoke City. Peter Odemwingie tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside.

9:39

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

9:39

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:13

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

7:30 Booking

Booking Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

7:18

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

7:18

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

6:30

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

6:30

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 0. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

0:39

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

0:39

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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