Sunday 22 October 2017

Villans pay penalty after Vlaar sees red

Aston Villa 1 Stoke City 2

Ron Vlaar receives a red card and concedes a penalty during Aston Villa's 2-1 home defeat to Stoke City
Ron Vlaar receives a red card and concedes a penalty during Aston Villa's 2-1 home defeat to Stoke City
Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke City scores their first goal past Brad Guzan
Erik Pieters of Stoke City gets to the ball ahead of Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann
Stoke's Victor Moses celebrates after converting from the penalty spot
New boss Tim Sherwood admitted he was 'devastated' after Stoke stunned Aston Villa.

Nick Mashiter

New boss Tim Sherwood admitted he was "devastated" after Stoke stunned Aston Villa.

Victor Moses' stoppage-time penalty ruined Sherwood's debut as Villa manager despite Scott Sinclair giving the hosts the lead. Ron Vlaar was also sent off after bringing Moses down as the winger clinched the win at Villa Park. Defeat was Villa's sixth on the bounce in the Premier League and left them winless in 11 top-flight games. And they remained in the relegation zone, dropping to second bottom after Burnley's 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

"I'm devastated, no-one feels as down as I am. I can be devastated now but I won't be on Monday," said Sherwood.

"We need to move on, games come thick and fast and if you are dwelling on the last game then they start to run out. It's not all rosy in the garden here but it was a cruel way to lose the game. I thought neither side deserved to win.

"It's going to be a work in progress, a lot of work needs to be done. I was encouraged with some performances, Scott Sinclair was very good, it's about putting the right jigsaw together to win games."

Mame Biram Diouf headed the visitors level just before the break and the hosts never recovered, handing the initiative to Stoke. Stoke remain 10th and boss Mark Hughes targeted a top-half finish this season.

"That's our aim and what we're trying to achieve. We're in better shape this year and our away form is good. That's something we're pleased with. Our home form hasn't been as good this year but we have an opportunity to kick on," said Hughes.

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